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The Ground Cannot Be Fooled

September 14, 2011

When we realize that we cannot catch hold of phenomena at all, that is what is known as "absolute truth." There is an absolute quality to the fact that we cannot fool ourselves. We can try to fool our teacher, who tells us to sit, and we might think that we can fool the dharma, the teachings, which say, "Go sit. That is the only way." But we cannot fool ourselves. We cannot fool our essence. The ground we are sitting on cannot be fooled.

From "The Five Paths," in The Truth of Suffering and the Path of Liberation, pages 102 to 103.


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1 Response to The Ground Cannot Be Fooled

  • Jaime Baldovinos says:

    A mindful society must be one where the monetary system no longer exists. Where we follow the scientific method for the betterment of humankind. Where there are no possessions, no private property. Where we all share the Earth's abundant resources freely and globally, and, therefore, there's no scarcity for anyone. A society without politicians, banks, prisons, armies, advertising, accountants. A society where humans are not enslaved by other humans; where we don't work just to make money, because there's no money, and we spend our time studying and doing what is best for the great majority of the people. A society ruled by ahimsa, non-violence, non-cruelty towards other human beings, animals and the environment. A world without useless duplication of products, without unnecessary waste and pollution. A society which is tolerant and kind with all and where the needs of many are always more important than the needs of a single individual.

    Posted on September 14, 2011 at 7:37 am