The Reward of Practice by Charlotte Joko Beck. ………A series


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We are always trying to move our lives from unhappiness to happiness. Or we might say that we wish to move from a life of struggle to a life of joy.
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But these are not the same: moving from unhappiness to happiness is not the same as moving from struggle to joy. Some therapies seek to move us from an unhappy self to a happy self.
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But Zen practice (and perhaps a few other disciplines or therapies) can help us to move from an unhappy self to no-self, which is joy. To have a “self” means we are self-centered.
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Being self-centered—and therefore opposing ourselves to external things—we are anxious and worried about ourselves.
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We bristle quickly when the external environment opposes us; we are easily upset.
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And being self-centered, we are often confused. This is how most of us experience our lives.
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Although we are not acquainted with the opposite of a self (no-self), let’s try to think what the life of no-self might be.
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  1. wise perspective

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