Sunday, September 6, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: The Ping Pong Ball Has a Gap

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

September 6, 2009


It is possible to undo the mythical, fictional aspect of the cessation of suffering and to experience a glimpse of cessation as reality, although it may be only a very short, small glimpse. The first step is to realize you are in the samsaric mess, the mess of confused existence. Although many people have heard this for years, they still do not actually recognize that they are being Ping-Pong balled. That is precisely why you are in samsara, confusion -- because you know what you are doing, but you still keep doing it. However, in being a Ping Pong ball there are still gaps of not being one. There are gaps in which something else is experienced. In fact, during that Ping-Pong-Balling, another experience takes place constantly: the experience of awareness. You being to realize what you are, who you are, and what you are doing.

From "Awakening and Blossoming," in THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING: and the Path of Liberation, Page 66.

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