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  1. Beautifully put. Each sentence is a pointer, either to what we are not or to what we are. Seeing ‘what we are not’ reveals what we are. Seeing ‘what we are’ makes it clear what we are not. Isn’t it amazing, that the whole mistake depends on the assumption that something is ‘mine’ (my thoughts, my anything)? Constantly repeating this belief is the ‘parasitical movement’ as Paul calls it. Interestingly, the dwindling of this repetition can temporarily trigger fear of death, but all that dies is the parasitical movement, and simultaneously life prior to birth and death is revealed.

  2. Hello Dietrich
    Paul certainly seems to have a fairly emotional aversion to practice. My thoughts on this would be that: maybe there could be other benefits to practice, if enlightenment can’t be achieved that way. Perhaps practice is simply “life happening” just the way that walking down the street is “life happening.” And maybe, just maybe, Self-realization can occur during practice, just as it can occur while walking down the street and thinking of nothing in particular. Practice can have the same intensity as walking down the street. It doesn’t have to have a do or die aspect to it.

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