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The Daily Dharma – April 11, 2021

Continuing from The Untethered Soul . . .

Let’s explore this question by playing a game. Make believe that you and I are having a conversation.  Typically, in western cultures, when someone comes up to you and asks, “Excuse me, who are you?” you don’t admonish them for asking such a deep question. You tell them your name, for example, Sally Smith. But I’m going to challenge this response by taking out a piece of paper and writing the letters S-a-l-l-y S-m-i-t-h, and then showing it to you. Is that who you are – a collection of letters? Is that who sees when you see? Obviously not, so you say,

Okay, you’re right. I’m sorry. I’m not Sally Smith. That’s just a name people call me. It’s a label. Really, I’m Frank Smith’s wife.

from The Untethered Soul

To be continued . . .