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Buddhist Reflections

There are two things I stumble on in Buddhism. The first noble truth is one -- that all life is suffering. I can just get a grip on the concept and then it slips out of my mind's grasp. It feels so bleak to look at the world that way. The other is one of the five precepts -- to avoid sensual overindulgence. That just doesn't jive with the Dionysian in me. For that matter, I suppose on some level that is the part of me that trips me with the first noble truth. My heart wants the Dionysian perspective -- to find that life is joy and ecstasy, to find spirit in sensuality. What defines suffering? What is sensual overindulgence? Because my heart also senses the truth in those things, but still I wrestle. Any perspectives out there?

I'm going to begin my sitting practice today.

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