Retreat miscellany

If the spiritual vacuity of a hedonistic life
is an important source of suffering,
‘feel good’ meditations, even if supposedly ‘loving-kindness,’
won’t help much, as they’re just more hedonism.


When you hold the opinion “I can’t do it,” you are doomed;
when you hold the opinion “I can do it,” you are deluded.
Who needs this opinionated I?

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4 Responses to Retreat miscellany

  1. hidetada says:

    There is no “I” who “need” it in the first place. But I see this “opinionated I” trying to run “my” life all the time…hence “my” dukkha.

  2. jdbiii says:

    Hi- I just saw this, and it is an area I am interested in…is there room here for a little ‘healthy desire’, e.g. ‘chanda’? Can such ‘good feelings’ in spiritual practice have a place? I mean, of course, without too much me-ing and my-ing…

  3. santi says:

    When our primary desire is for the ‘good feelings’ there is more likelihood of going astray, e.g., not being able to handle life’s curve balls, which are part of practice, too. Better to seek liberation and appreciate when good practice brings the pleasures of a relaxed body, peaceful mind, open heart, etc., and cultivate equanimity with the numerous curve balls & earth tremors.

  4. santi says:

    Funny how important it is to “own” our dukkha! And how hard people work to maintain ignorance of the connection b/w “my dukkha” and being an “I.” Ignorance can be very active.

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