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Freezing the Space

September 22, 2010

Someone is walking toward us—suddenly we freeze. Not only do we freeze ourselves, but we also freeze the space in which the person is walking toward us. We call him "friend" who is walking through this space or "enemy." Thus the person is automatically walking through a frozen situation of fixed ideas—"this is that" or "this is not that." This is what Buddha called "wrong view." It is a conceptualized view which is imperfect because we do not see the situation as it is.

From "The Eightfold Path," in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, pages 118 to 119 in the Shambhala Library edition.

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