Saturday, 30 July 2011
and the real for the false,
one suffers a life of falsity.
But, seeing the false as the false
and the real as the real,
one lives in the perfectly real.
Dhammapada verse 11-12
If with hindsight, we see we've been caught up in conceit, do we appreciate what awareness has revealed? Or do we despair, worrying that all these years of practice have come to nothing? In this verse the Buddha tells us we can feel good when we catch ourselves being false. Practice is working! Only when we learn to see 'the false as the false' can we let go, and live in the real.