22
Dec
08

shit happens – teaching happens

Dukkha is our best teacher.

It will not be persuaded by any pleading of misery to let go of us.

If we may say to a human teacher, “I don’t feel well….,” the teacher may reply, “I am very sorry, but if you want to go home, then you must go. If we say to dukkha, “Look, I don’t feel well…. I want to go home,”

dukkha says, “That’s fine, but I am coming along.”

There is no way to say goodbye to it unless and until we have transcended our reactions. This means that we have looked dukkha squarely in the eye and seen it for what it is: a universal characteristic of existence and nothing else.

The reason we are fooled is that because this life contains so many pleasant occasions and sense contacts, we think if we could just keep this pleasantness going dukkha would never come again. We try over and over again to make this happen, until in the end we finally see that the pleasantness cannot continue because the law of impermanence intervenes….

So we continue our search for something new, because everybody else is doing it too.

— Ayya Khema, When the Iron Eagle Flies

(still changing diapers, washing bottles, looking into precious eyes, smelling the tops of heads and not sleeping –  it’s all good)

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2 Responses to “shit happens – teaching happens”


  1. December 23, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Yep – it’s ALL good because you get to go home 🙂 🙂
    Hope you have a blast with those precious little ones!!

  2. 2 johnherberger
    December 23, 2008 at 5:01 am

    LOL – nah – it’s all good because I am finally getting to that place in life where just sharing in life is all good, even the dukkha. And what an amazing thing to share in – Lucas and Julia – even the messy diapers.
    Of course, don’t hold me to that next week when I am back at work dealing with that shit *wink*. I like picking and choosing what I decide is a lesson *grin*


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