So [Buddha] figured out that deep and meaningful spiritual practice is not about trying so hard to get something. He realized quite the opposite: deep and meaningful spiritual practice is about letting go of getting something. It’s an activity that operates outside of our usual habit of trying to get what we want and avoid what we don’t want. The kind of meditation he discovered, and the insight that arose from that practice, is that to have a happy life we really need to work with out impulse to chase after happiness. We have to work with out mind to release ourselves a little from this very strong knee-jerk reaction we all have to try to grab onto things we desire, and push away things we dislike.
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Friday, July 29, 2005
Interesting talk by Nomon Tim Burnett: