The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness
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This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations—embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience. Pema Chödrön shows us the profound value of our situation of "no escape" from the ups and downs of life.
dissolving into space; you can sense your body sitting in this room with all this 66 The Wisdom of No Escape space around you, all the space outside the abbey and all the space of the whole of Cape Breton Island: lots of space. You connect with a sense of big space to wake yourself up, brighten things up. Rather than having your eyes somewhat lowered, you can raise your gaze, but without starting to look around. Number eight, “one-pointedness,” has two parts, with the main emphasis on this
night and taking them away and torturing them and killing their children and their loved ones. People are starving. It’s a hard time. We who are living in the lap of luxury with our pitiful little psychological problems have a tremendous responsibility to let our clarity and our heart, our warmth, and our ability ripen, to open up and let go, because it’s so contagious. Have you noticed that if you walk into the dining room and sit down and the one other person who is there is feeling good and
universe simply by knowing ourselves, just as we are. Satisfaction 7 We’re talking about loving-kindness again, in a slightly different way. The ground of loving-kindess is this sense of satisfaction with who we are and what we have. The path is a sense of wonder, becoming a two- or three-year-old child again, wanting to know all the unknowable things, beginning to question everything. We know we’re never really going to find the answers, because these kinds of questions come from having
point, “I’m going to look into this, because that’s all I need to do to continue this journey of going forward and opening more,” then you’re committed to the obstacle of ignorance. Working with obstacles is life’s journey. The warrior is always coming up against dragons. Of course the warrior gets scared, particularly before the battle. It’s frightening. But with a shaky, tender heart the warrior realizes that he or she is just about to step into the unknown, and then goes forth to meet the
creation of life, being alive to the process of life itself. That also has its softness. If there were a goal that you were supposed to achieve, such as “no thoughts,” that wouldn’t be very soft. You’d have to struggle a lot to get rid of all those thoughts, and you probably couldn’t do it anyway. The fact that there is no goal also adds to the softness. The moment when you label your thoughts “thinking” is probably the key place in the technique where you cultivate gentleness, sympathy, and