Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Bodhichitta

A human being is part of the whole called by us “the universe,” a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. – Albert Einstein

That’s a tall order. I get it, the idea of delusion locking us in, but how do we get out? What, and where, is the key? When our neurosis feels more primary than our wisdom, how do we clear the way for bodhichitta?

It has to be in there somewhere.

1 comment:

slouching mom said...

Wow. I had no idea Einstein had written that. Thanks for sharing it.

I wish I knew the answer, Lisa. I wish I knew.