The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Our cocoons

Viewing our experience in this world as a dream, Siddhartha found that our habit of fixating on the mere appearance of our dreamlike relative world, thinking that it is truly existing, throws us into an endless cycle of pain and anxiety. We are in a deep sleep, hibernating like a silkworm in a cocoon. We have woven a reality based on our projections, imagination, hopes, fears, and delusions. Our cocoons have become very solid and sophisticated. Our imaginings are so real to us that we are trapped in the cocoon. But we can free ourselves simply by realizing that this is all our imagination.

– Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

from the book “What Makes You Not a Buddhist”

One response

  1. Yea, yea…I know this and have been trying to wake up. But since I don’t know what it means to “wake up” I can never tell if I’m actually awake. I mean, what if I wake up and don’t realize it? How do I know if and when I ever wake up? Isn’t it likely I wake up from one dream only to enter another?

    March 15, 2020 at 9:08 am

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