By Benjamin Riggs.
Spirituality, for so many of us, is a solution or an escape from the discomfort found in our daily lives. We come to spirituality in search of “something else.” We want some “thing” set apart from the aggravation and monotony of our everyday life. The cue to search for fulfillment is undeniably intelligent, but the tendency to do so in a realm of time-&-space that is disconnected from the reality of our day-to-day affairs is a gross misunderstanding, because our imagination is the only point of departure from the immediacy of our life. Imagining happiness is the path of The Secret©, not the Buddha.
Since true fulfillment is not the product of an hallucination, Buddhist spirituality begins with a recognition of our personal disappointment and proceeds with an internal investigation of the causes and conditions that created this seemingly inescapable atmosphere of despondency. We cannot reject the relative truth of our life for two reasons: First of all, our relative existence is a physical event or a natural dimension of our absolute Self. Second, our subjective experience contains the fundamental misunderstandings that conceal a direct experience of our larger Self, which is the source of true fulfillment. In order to discover what we are looking for,….
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