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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Book recommendation

I read a chapter insert of this book in "The Best Buddhist Writing 2006" that I got from my local library. It was the first chapter and I loved it, gave a fresh perspective on self reflection"

I particularly liked his perspective on questioning our ego mind (a bit aggressively) and trying to find it. He says it is chicken.

The main obstacle is self-importance:

"When we look into the mirror, the one thing we don't want to see is an ordinary human being. We would like to see someone special. Whether we are conscious of this or not, we are simply not content to see an ordinary human being with neuroses, obstacles, and problems. . . We are imprisoned in this pain by a sense of specialness, or self-importance. Self-importance is the underlying clinging we have to 'I, I, I, me, me, mine, mine,' which colors all of our experience. If we look closely, we find a strong element of self-importance in everything we think, say, and do. 'How can I feel good? What will others think? What will I gain? What will I lose?' These questions are all rooted in our self-importance. Even our feeling of not measuring up to who we think we should be is a form of self-importance."

In one of the many enlightening passages, the author reveals the meaning of wealth:

"Richness and meaning don't lie outside of us. And life is not just about 'what can I get?' or 'what don't I have?' When we open up to the richness of experience, we are less fearful and more able to enjoy life to the fullest. We appreciate the beauty of our world and everything we encounter. With this unrestricted mind of richness, even a beggar on the street can feel like a universal monarch. To the extent that we recognize our inner richness, we will have a tremendous sense of security that we can trust in any situation. Knowing that we can depend on ourself brings contentment and joy. Whatever arises in our life — good or bad, comfortable or uncomfortable — is enjoyable. I hope that every one of us can at least glimpse this experience. Then we won't get so stuck in the hardships of our pick-and-choose world."

A review is here

1 comment:

  1. Very true, if everyone realizes and experience this at some point, we can make this world truely blissful place.


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