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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Go From Place to Place in Peace


Hearing the above, another questioner, Jatukkani, asked: "Like the sun which controls the world with its heat and light, you, Master, seem to control desire and pleasure. I have only a little understanding. How can I find and know the way to give up this world of birth and aging?"

The Buddha answered: "Lose your greed for pleasure. See how letting go of the world brings deep tranquility. There is nothing you need hold on to and nothing you need push away. Live in the present but do not cling to it and then you can go from place to place in peace. There is a state of greed that enters and dominates the individual. But when that greed has gone, it is like poison leaving a body and death will have no more terror for you."

-Sutta Nipata

From "The Pocket Buddha Reader," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2001. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston, www.shambhala.com.

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4 comments:

alwaysdare said...

ahh, that's a brilliant post :)

andi said...

sweeeet. very timely, too.

"James" said...

Always:

Very. It really puts a finger on what it's all about.

Andi:

Yes, very timely. I always seem to get the right teaching as I need it. I am so thankful for all these teachings and insights.

Mona said...

ABSOLUTELY true.

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