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“Compassion is the very heart and soul of awakening.  While meditation and reflection can make us more receptive to it, it cannot be contrived or manufactured.  When it erupts within us, it feels as though we have stumbled across it by chance.  And it can vanish just as suddenly as it appeared.  It is glimpsed in those moments when the barrier of self is lifted and individual existence is surrender to  the well-being of existence as a whole.  It becomes abundantly clear that we cannot attain awakening for ourselves:  we can only participate in the awakening of life.”

Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism Without Beliefs.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In honor of Stephen Batchelor‘s birthday, I thought I would share one of his passages from “Buddhism without Beliefs:  A Contemporary Guide to Awakening.”

Stephen Batchelor (en) at Upaya Zen Center in ...

Stephen Batchelor (en) at Upaya Zen Center in New Mexico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Distraction drugs us into forgetfulness.  even when we yearn to be focused on something meaningful, it erupts again.  We cannot switch it off — and the more frustrated we get, the worse it becomes.
Instead of fighting it, embrace it.  Accept that this is how things are right now:  I am compulsively distracted.  Acceptance might even lead to understanding what it is that we’re running from.  Instead to understanding what it is that we’re running from.  Instead of giving in to irritation, gently and patiently keep bringing the attention back.  Then we may suddenly notice that the turmoil has stopped, as though a storm has passed.  There might still be an occasional gust, but — for the time, being, at least — it is calm.”

~~ Stephen Batchelor

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