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The End of Suffering


Our true home is in the here and the now. 
Thích Nhất Hạnh 
Yesterday perhaps I understood for a moment what Thích Nhất Hạnh teaches, in his book, that “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

Today, I look again, and there is a new awakening. I am still and I learn that perhaps when we cling to a past, it may not seem harmful and it may seem natural if we are disturbed to allow this. Yet, the stillness allows me to know this is suffering.

Still Cling is perhaps meant in a manner of speaking as emotionally forming around the possession or being right/justified about a situation that involves blame of others and even as important perhaps it may describe the feeling of shame that we might Still Cling onto that then will keep us stuck from any progress as though we are jailed by the delusion.

In his book, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation… Thích Nhất Hạnh says, “The Three Kinds of Pride are: (1) thinking I am better than the other(s); (2) thinking I am worse than the other(s); and (3) thinking I am just as good as the other(s).” 

In the stillness of now I see that I may live in the dream manifestation of past emotion as the dream. I see also the freedom in mindful stillness. In this moment then, in Honesty now, I am free to let go of perceptions. In a now moment, I am the dreamer. Thus I am free in any such moment from suffering to Still Cling. In a regular practice, I may expand personal freedom. 

These moments of awareness dissolve many illusory perceptions in days and weeks of practice. 

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