Removing a Splinter


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“Understanding suffering is very important.
The practice of meditation is designed not to develop pleasure but to understand the truth of suffering; and in order to understand the truth of suffering, one also has to understand the truth of awareness.
When true awareness takes place, suffering does not exist. Through awareness, suffering is somewhat changed in its perspective.
It is not necessarily that you do not suffer, but the haunting quality that fundamentally you are in trouble is removed.
It is like removing a splinter.
It might
hurt, and you might still feel pain, but the basic cause of that pain, the ego, has been removed.”

“Removing the splinter of ego” from Chapter Three, “The Power of Flickering Thoughts,” in “the truth of suffering and the path of liberation”, based on talks at the Vajradhatu Seminaries conducted by Chogyam Trungpa.

This young man was removing a splinter from his foot as he was sitting along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He reminded me a Greek sculpture from the Hellenistic department which is in Le Louvre museum in Paris.

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