Thursday, September 13, 2012
George Dvorsky, io9: This past Monday, people who have the Dalai Lama as a Facebook friend found this little gem in their newsfeed.
All the world’s major religions, with their emphasis on love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness can and do promote inner values. But the reality of the world today is that grounding ethics in religion is no longer adequate. This is why I am increasingly convinced that the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.The Dalai Lama’s advice sounds startling familiar — one that echos the sentiment put forth by outspoken…
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We are the one who are causing our suffering, and it’s we alone who can the find the way out.
Most addicts let go of their addiction when they’ve really seen that
there’s no possibility of being happy and being an addict…So when does
an addict actually stop? They tend to quit when they hit bottom, when
they’ve seen the wisdom of absolutely no escape, that nothing’s going to
work except facing themselves and their situation where they are.
…truthfully almost all of us are addicts and the deepest thing we’re
addicted to, our drug of choice, is actually suffering. The very thing
we want to be without is the thing we’re addicted to, and that’s
suffering. ~ Adyashanti
No Quick Answers
Religion should not be giving you explanations or quick answers, which is what we kind of expect—we type something into Google and up comes the answer. Instead, religion should help you to live with questions for which there are no answers, like cruelty and pain and suffering and death, capitalism and injustice. It should teach us to live with these questions so that whatever horror or sorrow or dukkha is going on out there, you can live with it creatively, not turn your back to it.
- Karen Armstrong, "Compassion Restored"