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It is flat-out strange that something—that anything—is happening at all. There was nothing then a Big Bang, then here we all are. This is extremely weird.

It is flat-out strange that something—that anything—is happening at all. There was nothing then a Big Bang, then here we all are. This is extremely weird.

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World of Illusion

Sometimes people feel that recognizing the truth of suffering conditions a pessimistic outlook on life, that somehow it is life-denying. Actually, it is quite the reverse. By denying what is true, for example, the truth of impermanence, we live in a world of illusion and enchantment. Then when circumstances change in ways we don’t like, we feel disappointed, angry, or bitter. The Buddha expressed the liberating power of seeing the unreliability of conditions: “All that is subject to arising is subject to cessation. Becoming disenchanted one becomes dispassionate. Through dispassion the mind is liberated.”

It’s telling that in English “disenchanted,”…

- Joseph Goldstein

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