Message from Henry: Delusion

…all things without exception are in fact impermanent, and incapable of providing lasting peace…

Are we hardwired for joy, wonder, appreciation, gratitude, and caring, compassion, love? Basically, yes. But we are also misled and deluded by the three poisons, desire, aversion and delusion. We have to be freed of them in order to taste intrinsic primordial joy.

Of the three poisons the third, delusion, is in a sense the strongest and most pervasive. Without it, the other two lose their force. To be deluded is to believe that some things are permanent, that phenomena are outside of us and can bring us lasting peace, and to believe that we are fixed entities called “me.”

Not to see things this way is to have understood the “three marks” – namely that all things without exception are in fact impermanent, and incapable of providing lasting peace, and without self-ness or thing-ness, that is, without substantial existence – and to see these three characteristics of experience in every moment is to have awakened from delusion.

Message from Henry is from our April 30, 2018 Newsletter
Image: Soap Bubbles by Alexas_Fotos,  Public Domain CC0 1.0
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