Leaving Home

leavehomeThe usual has a way of becoming reified as well as invisible. Like fish in water, when we are home we do not see our surroundings for what they are, and we come to believe that this is what reality is truly like. We do not question the norm.

Leaving home forces us to look at the environment more critically, and we start to realize that what we thought was natural is merely conventional —it is just what happens habitually in that specific place we call home.

Dharma teachings recommend leaving home, but it need not be taken literally. Leaving home is fundamentally developing a mind that questions the reality of habitual perceptions and recognizes the difference between what is natural and what is merely normal.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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3 Responses to Leaving Home

  1. Yonten says:

    Thank you Tashi la
    Humbly – Yonten

  2. OlafN says:

    Agreed! However, there are people who left their homes, but never left. And vice versa. It’s again only a matter of the state of mind if you really starting letting go wherever you are. Thanks, excellent post.

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