The aspiring disciple wants to know.

The great master answers:

“I am just as miserable as you are.”

The words, attributed to the 11th century Tantric master, Marpa, are a reminder that we don’t have to identify with our pain — or anything that’s going on, for that matter.

I’m reminded of the Zen saying:
“Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.”

Happiness, like enlightenment, is an inside job.

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