True freedom is emancipation from our concepts, from the psychological veil that is distorting our view of the way things are. When such freedom is attained, we begin to see that life is inherently perfect, just as it is, and we end up swimming effortlessly in an abundance of joy and love. But there is a universal tendency to believe that we will find what we are searching for somewhere else. Many people look for freedom through accumulating either material possessions or spiritual knowledge. These searches amount to nothing more than a donkey chasing after a dangled carrot. When we wake up to that truth in this very moment we realise that what we were seeking was already here. The question is, “Can we wake up to this truth?” It might be much easier than we think. Remember, great ancient masters often said that we don’t realise the truth because it is too simple and too close to us. When we finally realise it, we will be shocked by two things: how much time we wasted searching and how easy it was after all.
No Self, No Problem
by Anam Thubten, ed. Sharon
Roe $14.95 134pp 2009 ISBN
9781559393263 Snow Lion
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