Thursday, December 11, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Freedom from Habitual Tendencies

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

December 11, 2008 


There are all kinds of habitual tendencies that are connected with holding on to what we are. People get divorced because they think they might find a better mate. People change restaurants because they think they might get cheaper and better food. The habitual patterns of ego work that way. The notion of enlightenment is a sense of freedom from those patterns. And the way to attain that freedom is by means of the sitting practice of meditation. In sitting practice, we look at our minds, and we maintain good posture. When we combine body and mind that way, we find ourselves emulating the Buddha -- the way to be properly. Then we begin to develop sympathy toward ourselves, rather than just holding on.

From "Manifesting Enlightenment," in THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA, pages 212 to 213.

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