…Our Own Experience.
“Self-deception seems always to depend upon the dream world, because you would like to see what you have not yet seen, rather than what you are now seeing.” ~Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
“From the Buddhist point of view, the most profound way to relate to the realm of our emotions and the entire universe is to simply experience each moment as it is, each phenomenon as it arises, without concepts and labels. If we are looking for a better way we are wasting our time.” ~Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
“We have a lot of resistance in ourselves to our own life, to our own reality, to our own experience, to our own tenderness, That resistance is usually masked over so that we don’t really see it and we think everything’s fine. The minute we’re asked to actually stop for a moment, whether we’re talking about shamatha or in the case of working with others—we’re asked to actually connect with something outside of our own mind—the first thing that we hit is our own resistance. You might think that goes away. It doesn’t go away. That’s always the boundary that we’re working with. We always have to step over that boundary and we have to work with that boundary…
If we see our lives rightly, we will discover them to be an inconceivable torrent of blessings from start to finish. But to make this discovery, we have to contemplate our life, exactly as it is, in a completely open and unbiased way… The only thing that will ever heal us is our own experience; our own naked, spontaneous, human experience. Anything that we feel, anything that we’re willing to open to is healing for us.” ~Reggie Ray of the Dharma Ocean Foundation
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