The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

“Our” Country

Source: “Our” Country | Great Middle Way

early-world-mapFor Dharma practitioners, our place of birth is not “our” country. It never was. We may have built a niche for ourselves there that shelters us to some extent from the true character of the place. We may have some good friends and relatives; we know what areas are safe and what areas to avoid; we know where to work and shop, and how to get around… We feel somewhat comfortable.

In reality, wherever we go, we are not of that place. We do not belong in samsara. It is a myth, a falsity, that there is an ideal place where we “fit in”. Every place in samsara is a place of birth, disease, aging, and death. There is no perfect location. Some places are just more tolerable than others, and only for a little while.

Attachment to the place of birth, like every other attachment, is a cause of suffering. Even if we enjoy it for some time, we will have to leave it behind —because we must flee oppression or war, or economic pressures, or natural disasters… or because we will die, only to be reborn some other place.


One response

  1. Indeed, all attachments are sources of pain as they are sources of inevitable loss. How much wiser, if not easier, not to create these entropic energies in the first place.

    October 16, 2016 at 4:49 pm

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