If we really want to get rid of suffering, completely and totally, then clinging has to go. The spiritual path is never one of achievement; it is always one of letting go. The more we let go, the more there is empty and open space for us to see reality. Because what we let go of is no longer there, there is the possibility of just moving without clinging to the results of the movement. As long as we cling to the results of what we do, as long as we cling to the results of what we think, we are bound, we are hemmed in. Meditating on No-Self: A Dhamma Talk (Edited for Bodhi Leaves), by Sister Khema(1994)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

End of the Week, each step is a different person

This is the end of a very interesting week.  Second week of teaching CELTA is done, and I ran 6 days in the week for the first time in 3 weeks, or the second week of my vacation.  In addition, all sorts of interesting phenomena arose and fell during this weeks runs.  Today was no different.

I would characterize my brain as indicating my body was tired about 10k in to it.  I had a very interesting 3km of thinking about how each step was actually a different person which seemed useful.  If the concept is correct, if all things are impermanent then every step is different, or should be considered to be a different person.  Under this thinking there could be progress toward other things, but isn't that grasping?

It was a 7:45 p.m. start and there was a bit of wind for the uphill 5km start to things.  The rest of it was looking at the world and seeing how it had changed in the last 24 hours.  In the deep hill section, by the US Embassy, where I haven't been in a week, there is a great deal of sand everywhere, looks like there was flooding there, wouldn't be surprising, it is very low country down there.  Not Alvin York's bottom land though.

The real phenomena is where is it all going?  But isn't that craving?  Each step is a different person, interesting, true?

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