Thursday, 16 January 2014

The unshakeable composure

Although we have been made to believe that if we let go, we will end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom. 

Just as when the waves lash at the shore, the rocks suffer no damage but are sculpted and eroded; into beautiful shapes, so our characters can be moulded and our rough edges worn smooth by changes. Through weathering changes, we can learn how to develop a gentle but unshakable composure. Our confidence in ourselves grows, and becomes so much greater that goodness and compassion begin naturally to radiate out from us and bring joy to others.

That goodness is what survives death, a fundamental goodness that is in each and every one of us. The whole of our life is a teaching of how to uncover that strong goodness, and a training toward realizing it.

— Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, chapter 3. 

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