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When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways—either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength.

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The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use, even spirituality.

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A person who is beginning to sense the suffering of life is, at the same time, beginning to awaken to deeper realities, truer realities. For suffering smashes to pieces the complacency of our normal ­fictions about reality, and forces us to come alive in a special sense—to see carefully, to feel deeply, to touch ourselves and our worlds in ways we have heretofore avoided.

Ken Wilber, quoted in “The Thorn and the Rose,” compiled and edited by Anthony Williams. From ARCS in our new Spring Issue: “Suffering.” (via parabola-magazine)

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The attainment of enlightenment from ego’s point of view is extreme death.

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Ken Wilber on compassion.

Enlightenment is not becoming a different person; it’s becoming the person you already are without any hesitation or any reservation — having the insight, and the courage, and the openness — to be the person you already are, and to trust the wisdom that’s already within.

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Anything that is created must sooner or later die. Enlightenment is permanent because we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it.

Chogyam Trungpa.

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I love the Buddha’s simple definition of enlightenment as “the end of suffering.” There is nothing superhuman in that, is there?

Eckhart Tolle (via thecalminside)

In Zen Buddhism, the greater your doubt, the greater will be your enlightenment. That is why doubt can be a good thing. If you are too sure, if you always have conviction, then you may be caught in your wrong perception for a long time.

Thich Nhat Hanh (via culturejolt)


Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The ultimate definition of bravery is not being afraid of who you are.

Chogyam Trungpa (via thingsthatsing)

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