If somebody is waking for the first time from a deep sleep, she might
see the midnight stars. But if she waits long enough without going
back to sleep, she will begin to see not only stars but the dawn,
then the sunrise, and then the whole landscape being lit by a
brilliant light coming from the sky. She will begin to see her hands,
her palms, her toes, and she will also begin to see her tables, her
chairs, and the world around her. And if she is clever enough to look
at a mirror, she will also see herself. Similarly, the truth of the
cessation of suffering is a personal discovery. It is not mystical
and it does not have any connotations of religion or psychology. It
is simply your experience.
From "Awakening and Blossoming," in THE TRUTH OF SUFFERING: and the
Path of Liberation. Forthcoming from Shambhala Publications.
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