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“Quintessential for any resolution to the global suffering we are witnessing in our world today is clearly communion with others.  We cannot expect any change, any relief, any sustainable resolve until we learn the lessons of sharing our life, our gifts, our blessings with others.  Until we break the containment of our very small points-of-views, our egocentric approaches to spirituality, and become part of a larger vision for ourselves and the world, nothing will change and suffering will continue to compound.”  – Seijaku Roshi

A students asked his master, “What follows Enlightenment?’, the master replied, “A lifetime of benefiting others, and oh yes, ten thousand more hours of meditation.”  In his book “Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism”, Chogyam Trungpa wrote, “We have come here to learn about spirituality.  I trust the genuine quality of this search but we must always question its nature.  The problem is that ego can convert anything to its own use.  Ego is constantly attempting to acquire and apply the teachings of spirituality for its own benefit.”

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