“Nirvana is not a thing. You can’t place it in time and space and give it a name and a street address and a social security number. Because if you could, nirvana would just be something else that arises and passes away.”
Perhaps the path of mindful pleasure will take me to nirvana as readily as silent and solitary sitting meditation.
Shining the light of death on my current worries and resentments, I am suddenly free to release them.
Take refuge in the witness. Then allow the witness to disappear.
This practice helps us see the difference between physical sensations and thoughts *about* those sensations.
We create suffering by adding our reactions of attachment and aversion to bare sensations.
Our sense of self is not a delusion. Instead, meditation reveals the self as constructed, fluid, and elastic.
We can taste nirvana during daily life as we practice mindful reponses to pain and pleasure.
Nirvana arises when we stop blocking the free flow of thought and sensation.
“No matter how assailed, anger need not arise. No matter what the pleasure, compulsive longing need not arise. No matter what the circumstances, a feeling of limitation need not arise.”