Pema Chodron: “We have two alternatives.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 19, 2012
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No Time to Lose Pema Chodron

The fixed idea that we have about ourselves as solid and separate from each other is painfully limiting.

It is possible to move through the drama of our lives without believing so earnestly in the character that we play. That we take ourselves so seriously, that we are so absurdly important in our own minds, is a problem for us. We feel justified in being annoyed with everything. We feel justified in denigrating ourselves or in feeling that we are more clever than other people.

Self-importance hurts us

limiting us to the narrow world of our likes and dislikes. We end up bored to death with ourselves and our world. We end up never satisfied.

We have two alternatives

either we question our beliefs—or we don’t. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality, or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious—to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs

is the best use of our human lives.

~ Pema Chödrön


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Pema Chodron: “We have two alternatives.””

  1. Sylvia M. Calderón says:

    Simple and wise

  2. Barbara says:

    Sounds very good, but easier said than done. 🙂

  3. Abeer Kashmeeri says:

    So difficult to practice but essential in becoming our true selves. This needs a longer piece to drill it