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Oct
05

the root cause of cyclic existence is ignorance


the root cause of cyclic existence is ignorance:
we do not understand who we are, how we exist or how other phenomena exist. unaware of our own ignorance, we project fantasized ways of existing onto ourselves and others, thinking that everybody and everything has some inherent nature and exists independently, in and of itself.
 
the cause of our problems lie not in the external environment and those inhabiting it, but in our own mind. the disturbing attitudes and negative emotions, such as clinging attachment, anger, and ignorance are the real source of our unhappiness.
 
– Ven Thubten Chodron
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