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There would be nothing more obvious,
more tangible, than the present moment.
And yet it eludes us completely.
All the sadness of life lies in that fact.
- Milan Kundera
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Thanks for posting this, Barry. Is the text a poem by Kundera, or as his prose been versified?
In my experience, looking into the present moment, rather than eluding it, can also induce feelings of sadness, but with practice those feelings can be held in awareness rather than spiral downward into depression. Does that accord with your experience?
Ben Howard |
January 07, 2014 at 06:07 AM
Ben, I came across this passage with no context - so I don't know how Kundera intended it.
My experience is consistent with yours. In the Korean tradition, there is a phrase that appears in some chants: "dae ja, dae bi."
This is usually translated as "great love, great compassion," but a more literal translation would be "great love, great sorrow." This sorrow, or sadness, is what naturally arises when we perceive the cries of the world. Compassion co-arises with this deep perception.
Barry Briggs |
January 07, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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