The main door

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The main door into all buddhist work
is this one of impermanence or emptiness.
That doesn't mean---as we sometimes think---
that things aren't here, but that they aren't here
in the way we imagine they are.
We ourselves are not solid in that way;
we create notions of who we are out of
memory and various ideals, then exhaust
ourselves trying to maintain that image.
When the time finally comes that we can
let go of that, it is a tremendous relief.
And we have abundant energy for other things.

Larry Rosenberg
from "Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice
of Insight Meditation" (Shambhala, 1993)

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