Breaking the Suffering Habit

This blog posting is based on the talk “Breaking the Suffering Habit” by Cayce Howe at InsightLA Long Beach, March 2017

ending suffering

The wonderful Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Anam Thubten, once said, “The truth is that security is unobtainable because it is the very fabric of reality. Reality is all pervading. We can never fall out of it. We are already secure and we are always secure. Searching for security is our biggest neurosis. It keeps us deluded. All modes of striving for security are forms of fear and obsession and our heart cannot be open as long as we’re ruled by them. Compassion and love can only arise from an open heart.”

Anam Thubten is speaking about the blending of wisdom and compassion. Ignorance leads to hope and fear- attachment and aversion. This hope turns into desire and greed. And we all know what happens with fear. It leads to hate, division, and separation. But it all stems from ignorance; ignorance of not seeing things as they truly are. If we see things as they truly are, then love can arise easily. It’s a shift from ignorance to non-ignorance. Right now we see but we don’t really see. We just see a half truth. We don’t see full truth. But if we can see very clearly, then liberation is there for us.

This is another one from Zen teacher Norman Fischer. “The definition of enlightenment from the vantage point of Zen, is to realize and remain consciously aware of the impermanent, interdependent, and egoless nature of all conditioned things”.

“The definition of enlightenment from the vantage point of Zen, is to realize and remain consciously aware of the impermanent, interdependent, and egoless nature of all conditioned things”.

These are the factors of ignorance. Ignorance simply means that we forget the impermanent, interdepende