The Daily Dharma – November 6, 2021

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This process of questioning [everything that we think and feel about our reality] may initially be conception; it may involve actually seeing something that we are thinking is so and then asking ourselves, “But is this really the case?” But quickly it moves into the silent sphere of meditative practice – thoughts, feelings, perceptions arise as we meditate. Each time we find ourselves reacting to them, labeling, judging, pigeonholing them, based on what we have previously thought or assumed. Each time, we look directly at what is arising to see what it really is, beyond our preconceptions, as it abides in the bright light of its own being. In this process, we learn so much about how we limit even our most basic experiences. In seeing how we hold back, we are able to let go, to surrender into a greater sense of openness and being. Thus the journey begins to unfold.

Reginald Ray
from Touching Enlightenment; Finding Realization in the Body
Chapter: The Ultimate Challenge of Buddhism

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