Tuesday, February 19, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Exploring our Confusion

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week


In our own lives, we feel a sense of confusion -- it seems to be confusion -- but that confusion brings out something that is worth exploring. The questions that we ask in the midst of our confusion are potent questions, questions that we really have. We ask: "Who am I? What am I? What is this? What is life?" and so forth. Then we explore further and ask: "In fact, who on earth asked that question? Who is that person who asked the question 'Who am I?' Who is the person who asked, "What is? or even "What is what is?" We go on and on with this questioning further and further inward. In some way, this is nontheistic spirituality in its fullest sense. External inspirations do not stimulate us to model ourselves on further external situations. Rather, the external situations that exist speak to us of our confusion, and this makes us think more, think further.

>From "Padmasambhava & Spiritual Materialism," in CRAZY WISDOM, pages five to six.

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