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Grasping: The Way Things Are

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Nov. 2nd, 2010 | 12:18 am
posted by: stardustnprison in dharmapunks

October 26, 2010
Tricycle Daily Dharma

The Way Things Really Are

One of the main pursuits of Buddhism is to bridge the gap between the way things
appear and the way things are. That approach does not come just from a curiosity
to investigate phenomena. It arises from the understanding that an incorrect
perception of reality inevitably leads to suffering. Grasping to solid reality
and to the notion of an independent self in particular engenders a host of
afflictive mental states and afflictive emotions that are the primary cause of
mind-made sufferings.

- Matthieu Ricard, "Why Meditate?"

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