Tuesday, November 3, 2009

"Be Now", "Just Be", "Open Up", "Let Go" and Other Western Buddhist Cliches

It's not that these kinds of cliches are all bad advice, but they aren't teachings. They are just comments intended to guide us to the teaching, which is (the) unfiltered and naked experience itself. But the more we hear and repeat these cliches, the more we comfort our preferred self-image with which we hide ourselves rather than afflicting it with the pain and shock of our extraordinary ordinariness on full display for not just others but for ourselves to see. Oh the shame! Toss me a cliche quick to cover myself and my misplaced and misidentified sense of dignity.


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