Monday, October 8, 2007

When things fall apart.

Much like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a nontheistic spiritualism. In When Things Fall Apart this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues. The key to all of these terms is accepting that in the final analysis, life is groundless. By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. The graceful, conversational tone of Chodron's writing gives the impression of sitting on a pillow across from her, listening to her everyday examples of Buddhist wisdom.

When things fall apart in life we sometimes don't know what to do. This can be a natural disaster that destroyed our home. A marriage gone bad. Deceit. Illness. Many things can be the cause but how and what you do will determine you as a human being in this cosmic plane of greater things.

Bar advice. Sometimes we need to step back, shake off the bad vibe or karma and move to a healing place within our hearts. Whatever it was, my advice, this too will pass.

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