Thursday, September 24, 2015

Refuge from Suffering

Bernadette Roberts
"If I had to put my finger on the primary obstacle, I would say it is having wrong views of the journey. Paradoxical though it may seem, the passage through consciousness or self moves contrary to self, rubs it the wrong way - and in the end, will even rub it out. Because this passage goes against the grain of self, it is, therefore, a path of suffering. Both Christ and Buddha saw the passage as one of suffering, and basically found identical ways out. 
"What they discovered and revealed to us was that each of us has within himself or herself a “stillpoint” - comparable, perhaps to the eye of a cyclone, a spot or center of calm, imperturbability, and non-movement. Buddha articulated this central eye in negative terms as “emptiness” or “void,” a refuge from the swirling cyclone of endless suffering. Christ articulated the eye in more positive terms as the “Kingdom of God” or the “Spirit within,” a place of refuge and salvation from a suffering self."
Timeless Visions, Healing Voices, Interview of Bernadette by Stephan Bodian

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