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 April 26, 2012 Elephant

The Role of Sadness in Everyday Life.

Sadness isn't badness. It's one of the best things in life.

Growing up in an American Buddhist family, one of the most treasured gifts I remember inheriting was an understanding—so rare and yet so essential when you’re young—that sadness, loneliness, and even depression aren’t to be fought off. They’re to be worked with, and welcomed more or less.

Excerpt from Chogyam Trungpa, via Shambhala Publications (where I used to work):

"According to the Shambhala principles you should feel [sadness and joy, simultaneously] with everything you do.

Whether you have a good time or a bad time, you should feel sad and delighted at once. That is how to be a real decent human being, and it is also connected with the Buddhist principle of longing, or devotion. Longing is the hunger for sacredness. When you begin to feel you’re too much in the secular world, you long for the sacred world. Therefore you feel sad, and you open..."

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Yours in working (and playing) to create enlightened society,

Waylon Lewis

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