“Our” Country

early-world-mapFor Dharma practitioners, our place of birth is not “our” country. It never was. We may have built a niche for ourselves there that shelters us to some extent from the true character of the place. We may have some good friends and relatives; we know what areas are safe and what areas to avoid; we know where to work and shop, and how to get around… We feel somewhat comfortable.

In reality, wherever we go, we are not of that place. We do not belong in samsara. It is a myth, a falsity, that there is an ideal place where we “fit in”. Every place in samsara is a place of birth, disease, aging, and death. There is no perfect location. Some places are just more tolerable than others, and only for a little while.

Attachment to the place of birth, like every other attachment, is a cause of suffering. Even if we enjoy it for some time, we will have to leave it behind —because we must flee oppression or war, or economic pressures, or natural disasters… or because we will die, only to be reborn some other place.

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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5 Responses to “Our” Country

  1. Yonten says:

    Thank you Tashi la
    Humbly – Yonten

  2. I a Theravada Buddhist from Sri Lanka , I a pure Aryan Sinhalese . Follow Buddhist Principals Five Precepts. SARATH DASSANAIKE

  3. cheryla says:

    as one teacher said:” Let me be reborn in a place where I do not have to eat meat.”
    We are already there, when we choose ahimsa.

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