Ironically, we shrink from a pain that doesn’t actually exist. We speak about the truth of suffering only in that we experience it. But what is suffering really when we stop trying to push it away? This kind of questioning needs to be the theme of our lives. We need to take delight in working with our fears. We need to study them and ask ourselves: What am I so afraid of? Why do I need to protect myself?
Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
from the book Light Comes Through: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to Our Natural Intelligence
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