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January 2013

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This is from a paper I just wrote for class.
The craving and clinging to things we can perceive causes us suffering because they are impermanent. If we cling to conditions that are impermanent for a feeling of value and ascribe meaning and self-hood to them, then when the situations change we suffer the trauma of having lost our self-hood, value, and meaning. The realization of the impermanence of all perceivable conditions allows us to release the craving and clinging to all things that are not-self, thus reducing our suffering. This freedom does not make a person cold and aloof, but ever more present in the present. The freedom allows a person to experience each moment and appreciate the conditions that are rather than focusing on the conditions that were or cannot be. The merit in Buddhist practice is appreciation, and the goodness that stems from it. It’s the kind of goodness that makes you make amends with an estranged parent on their deathbed. You will never have another chance to live this moment, so make it a good one.

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Perfectly said. It is in holding on to nothing, that we are able to appreciate everything.