June 21, 2017
When We Play with Fire
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If this “I” is not relinquished wholly,
Sorrow likewise cannot be avoided.
For if he does not keep away from fire,
A man cannot escape from being burned.

When we play with fire, we cannot escape from being burned. This describes life in the cocoon: the more self-absorbed we are, the more we suffer. But we can’t just snap our fingers and say,“This ‘I’ is just a label; I’m not going to think that way anymore.” Our ego trips are deeply ingrained. They are, in fact, the very means that keep the six realms well oiled and running.

So, how do we get out of this? As Shantideva has said again and again, seeing the sameness of ourselves and others is the key.
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From: [personal profile] howsmyenglish


Hi. I saw your comment in the addme community and wanted to see what your journal was like. Have read through the first page: I really liked it! So, I hope you don't mind me adding you :)
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well, yes, I am a PhD student... but a late starter: I've been teaching at a university for almost ten years already.
and here's what I tell all new friends: for some strange reason I decided in the beginning of my DW career that my journal would be completely anonymous, so... I'm keeping most of the things secret, but not really from people, only from... permanently openly accessible sources... so, if you're interested, you're welcome to talk to me via private messages :)
my subject is connected to India. what's yours?
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