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The Here and Now of a Good Cup of Coffee

March 28, 2013

Book coverIn our ordinary experience, there is the world and there is you. Recognizing this does not mean that you are going against the Buddha’s teaching of egolessness. There is definitely something there, which is the working basis and magic of the path. You cannot negate that you taste a good cup of coffee. You cannot say that there is no coffee and there is no “you” to taste it—there are such things! Mindfulness of life is based on that kind of immediate appreciation. The meditation practice is to learn to appreciate the immediateness of what is happening right here and now.

From “Mindfulness of Life,” Chapter Forty in The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, Volume One, page 299.

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