Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Wbat is the noble truth of the cessation of suffering?

Cessation refers to the lessening of toxic qualities in our lives: specifically lessening of the hungers for pleasure, being, and nonbeing and diminishment of the unwholesome roots of greed, hatred, and delusion nurtured by the hungers. Ignorance about the nature of identification and impermanence also diminishes in this cessation. As these intoxicants fade, the quality of life improves. Part of the path of their fading involves the cultivation of certain qualities, such as clear awareness, compassion, wise attention, and insight. But fundamentally, the focus is on the fading. What remains is ease, goodness, wisdom, and joy.

The happiness born of peace, when the hungers subside like the last receding wave on a glassy summer sea, is exquisite and stable.

GK, pp.55-56

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