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A Deeper Sense of Freedom

April 21, 2009

In working with yourself, you start with the outer form; then that outer form brings an inner feeling; and finally that inner feeling brings a deeper sense of freedom. So it is a threefold process. This same process could apply to anything you do. In the beginning, it is mostly a big hassle; in the middle, it is sometimes a hassle and sometimes it is natural; then finally it becomes natural. With sitting practice as well: first it is a struggle; at some stage it is both a struggle and a relief; and finally, it is very easy. It's like putting on a new ring; for the first few days it feels like it is in the way; but eventually it becomes a part of your hand.

From Chapter Seven, "Meditation as the Path to Buddhahood," in The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation, page 73.


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