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The great illusion of duality

The great illusion of duality

Abstract of two long, white, narrow shapes against black background.

Luis is a young man in his early twenties who first came to the Abbey as a child with his mother many years ago. This is part of a series of writings he is working on as he searches for the meaning of love.

Constant strife,
Light and dark fighting,
Images of desired righteousness,
Images of undesired terror

One supposedly promises reward,
Promises eternal joy,
Promises eternal reward,
Promises eternal power

The other supposedly promises terror,
Terror promising eternal sorrow,
Terror promising eternal damnation,
Terror promising eternal powerlessness

Both are idols of pure illusion,
True balance lies between both extremes,
As images of both dualities begin to fade,
Silence flows true awareness, bringing finally sought peace

Featured image by Pedro Ribeiro Simões.
Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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