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Fundamentals of the Dharma: Wise View

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Teacher: Rodney Smith
Date: 2012-05-15
Venue: Seattle Insight Meditation Center



Wise view is fundamental to everything we do in the dharma. Having a direction establishes a context for all dharma activities. Without it we flounder and move in the direction of our conditioning toward pleasure and ease. Simply stated, wise view is the view that our thoughts distort our perceptions away from the inherent interconnection of all things. Working in clear alignment with interconnection allows us the courage and intention to move toward the difficult, toward that which seems to separate, and confirm the truth of oneness. All dharma activity must be in accordance with that intention, or it will further support the conditioned sense of separation.


Either we are separate or we are not. If we are not, then we have to use awareness to orient us to the true and wise relationship of interconnection. One of the ways we lose ourselves in thoughts of separation is through emotions. We use emotions to reinforce assumptions of separation rather than first connecting with the emotion and arresting the need to make the world “outside” hold our emotional blame. Instead, let the emotions act as a cue to turn back and be present to them. First see they are coming from you and no one else, and then prove to yourself they are harmless.


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