Tuesday, September 30, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Preproduction Freedom

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

September 30, 2008


Restrictions and inadequacies usually come from feeling burdened, as though we are carrying a heavy load. But if we develop the notion of space fully and properly, we begin to find that there is no burden, no load. That is a relief -- not just a petty relief, but a larger version of mind altogether. We begin to realize that an extraordinary openness takes place in our lives -- in the way we move, the way we eat, the way we sleep, and the way we create a work of art. Tremendous freedom takes place in that basic space. Such freedom is not a product of the creation of art; it is preproduction freedom. That is very important for you to know. Before we produce anything at all, we have to have a sense of free and open space with no obstacles of any kind.

From "Heaven, Earth and Human," in TRUE PERCEPTION: THE PATH OF DHARMA ART, page 129. This new edition of DHARMA ART, containing additional material and a new introduction and preface, will be published by Shambhala Publications in November 2008. To preorder your copy at a 20% discount, go to:

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