Friday, September 25, 2015

Right Suffering

Bernadette Roberts
"For both of them (Buddha and Christ), the easy out was first to find the stillpoint and then, by attaching ourselves to it, by becoming one with it, to find a stabilizing, balanced anchor in our lives. After that, the cyclone is gradually drawn into the eye, and the suffering self comes to an end. And when there is no longer a cyclone, there is also no longer an eye.

"So the storms, crises, and sufferings of life are a way of finding the eye. When everything is going our way, we do not see the eye, and we feel no need to find it. But when everything is going against us, then we find the eye. So the avoidance of suffering and the desire to have everything go our own way runs contrary to the whole movement of our journey; it is all a wrong view. With the right view...right suffering is the essence of enlightenment."
Timeless Visions, Healing Voices, Interview of Bernadette by Stephan Bodian
(continued from yesterday, 9/24)

1 comment:

  1. As always, Bernadette strike home with her words. It gives me a clear idea of what my practice needs to be during this time of difficulty.

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