The Reward of Practice:….Part two by Charlotte Joko Beck


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No-self doesn’t mean disappearing off the planet or not existing. It is neither being self-centered nor other-centered, but just centered.
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A life of no-self is centered on no particular thing, but on all things—that is, it is nonattached—so the characteristics of a self cannot appear.
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We are not anxious, we are not worried, we do not bristle easily, we are not easily upset, and, most of all, our lives do not have a basic tenor of confusion.
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And thus to be no-self is joy. Not only that; no-self, because it opposes nothing, is beneficial to everything.
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For the vast majority of us, however, practice has to proceed in an orderly fashion, in a relentless dissolution of self.
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And the first step we must take is to move from unhappiness to happiness. Why?
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Because there is absolutely no way in which an unhappy person—a person disturbed by herself or himself, by others, by situations—can be the life of no-self.
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So the first phase of practice should be to move from unhappiness to happiness, and the early years of zazen (meditation) are mostly about this movement.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. With so many addictions in this world. .I would like to see more of us addicted to happiness now that would be the most healthier addiction as most certainly benefit the entire world

  2. Exactly, a daily obsession with awareness and opportunity. The world would be healthier, more giving, no wars, no fighting, no judging but a shared path.

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