“..no matter what we do – become a monk, an ascetic, sit forhours and hours, attend retreats over and over again, do all the things we believe will get rid of these grasping tendencies – we end up feeling disappointed because the basic delusion has never been recognized. This is why the metaphor of ‘The Island that you cannot go beyond’ is so very powerful, because it points to the principle of an awareness that you can’t get beyond. It’s very simple, very direct, and you can’t conceive it. You have to trustit. You have to trust this simple ability that we all have to be fully present and fully awake, and begin to recognize the grasping and the ideas we have taken on aboutourselves, about the world around us, about our thoughts and perceptions and feelings.”
”There is an island, an island which you cannot go beyond. It is a place of nothingness, a place of nonpossession and of non-attachment. It is the total endof death and decay, and this is why I call it Nibbana.” – The Buddha.
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