Tuesday, August 23, 2011

That's All There Is

Shamatha is calming the runaway train of actions and thinking. Vipashyana is knowing that starting it up again won't be helpful. Compassion is accepting that others are in the very same situation, that confusion is confusion and pain is pain, regardless of who is feeling it. Faith is the empty opening through which calm and knowing and compassion can move and do some good. That's all there is. Anything else is an elaboration which may be helpful, in a particular situation, up to the point that faith must open.

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