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Nirvana Next Exit

September 16, 2010

Buddhism promises nothing. It teaches us to be what we are, where we are, constantly, and it teaches us to relate to our living situations accordingly. That seems to be the way to proceed on our highway without being distracted by the sidetracks and exits of all kinds. The signs say: "Tibetan Village, next exit"; Japanese Village, next exit"; Nirvana, next exit"; Enlightenment, next exit -- instant one"; Disneyland, next exit." You get what you are promised. But after having gone to Disneyland or having taken part in the Nirvana Festival, then you have to think about how you are going to get back to your car, how you are going to get home. This means you have to get back on the highway once more. It is unavoidable.

From "The Eightfold Path," in The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation, pages 117 to 118 in the Shambhala Library edition.


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