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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

After we cut through the distractions...

Dee recently asked,

When alone, the illusion of self weakens.

When in the company of others,

it seems stronger.

How could I dispel this illusion of self,

that rears its head

as I converse and socialize with others?

I responded,

Please enumerate the ways you feel

that your sense of self manifests

amongst others.”

Dee elaborated:

In meditation,

or driving in solitude,

there is an ‘Aha!’ moment

of no self,

separate from being.

When with others,

‘I’ come to the foreground.

‘I’ stir emotionally.

‘I’ talk from the place of illusory self.

Thus the term ‘idol worship’

takes on a whole new meaning!

But Dee,” I explained,

you are both self AND no-self .

for during each IN breath you perceive self and

during each OUT breath you experience no self.

To which Dee sagely replied,


I continued,

After we cut through the distractions

of grandiose terminology

meditation is merely a question

of mindfulness during inhalation

and release during exhalation.

For the journey of enlightenment

is not paved in pseudo-intellectual philosophizing

but merely in cultivating the habit

of noticing and letting-go

in harmony with our breathing cycles:

natural, and uncontrived.”

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with a simple

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