Teacher/Student Dialogues, Part 2:  On Feelings

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Student:  I want to awaken.

 

Teacher:  What is awakening?

 

Student:  It is that state that teachings talk about where I am free.

 

Teacher:  Free of what?

 

Student:  Free of entanglement with things like feelings.

 

Teacher:  What if I said there is no such state, what feeling does that bring up?

 

Student:  Fear

 

Teacher:  Then feel that.

 

Student:  Ok I felt that. It passed.

 

Teacher:  Is there anything else you don’t want to feel?

 

Student:  Grief for the loss of the idea of awakening.

 

Teacher:  Ok, then feel that. Grieve totally, go into it without ideas.

 

Student:  Ok, it passed.

 

Teacher:  Seeking awakening is often about just not wanting to feel.  If you felt everything as it arises, what would there be to seek?

 

Student:  Nothing

 

Teacher:  Do you still want to awaken?

 

Student:  No.



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