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Buddhism teaches us that the Third Noble Truth is that “yes” Virginia, there can be an end to suffering. Our lives of pain, sadness, and loss can be made better. The secret is in the unmaking of attachment.

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Buddhism teaches us that the Third Noble Truth is that “yes” Virginia, there can be an end to suffering. Our lives of pain, sadness, and loss can be made better. The secret is in the unmaking of attachment. To become filled with the moment and to fill that self of ours up with the moment so much that there is no longer room for attachment, obsession, anxiety, too much thought and loss of self.  This is difficult for the human mind to comprehend and seems even impossible to attain, and many people are horrified by the thought that we should become dispassionate to everything else. A person who reaches Nirvana, that perfect state of supreme wisdom is said to be able to see everything clearly and perfectly. They can see that attaining Nirvana was never really hard, but our attachment to this life and its material things makes dispassion seem evil and wrong.

Lately I have been lost in an absolute sea of attachment. It seems that every single day I am faced with more anxiety and worry over something that is really out of my hands anyway. My partner, a staunch supporter of AA and its many teachings, constantly reminds me “you are not in control of other people, places or things”. In other words, you can only control your own thoughts and actions. Everyone knows that AA is based on Christian principles but yet, isn’t that the same teaching as Buddha’s? The self is important and we are only responsible for the self and the more expectations that we gather about other things or people only acts to create disappointment.

Yesterday though was an awefully difficult day. Countless depressing videos of the oil spill tradgedy. News stories filled with murder and mayhem. Pain and suffering on a grande scale everywhere. I was attached to them all. The final one was a news story culminating in the arrogant and ridiculous murder of a pregnant cow at the California State Fair.

She went berserk. Obviously tired of being paraded around in the heat with a baby in her belly. She got loose. She ran. The plan was to mow her down with bullets, to “protect the people”. The police bragged about how many shots it took to bring her down. Visions of the San Francisco’s Zoo brutal murder of a terrorizing tiger comes to mind. The only difference is that it was a tiger with claws and teeth and a rampunctious, problem causing youth in its jaws. Still no excuse in my book, seeing as the youth was already instigating the tiger. But a pregnant cow? Don’t you think the crowd could have outrun her? Don’t you think you could have had a backup plan to steer wild animals into a cage or corral? Or even domestic animals like cows? How about a regulation that if there is a public venue that has animals of any kind that the responsible parties actually have a PLAN to avoid problems like this? How stupid are the people in charge of the State Fair? Do they not know that cows don’t eat people?

Ironically, Friday we are scheduled to go to the State Fair. I have never gone. My first instinct was to not go at all in protest of plain over valued stupidity. But then I realized that is probably too much attachment. That it is important that I go. I am looking forward to seeing if this fair is worth the life of a pregnant cow.

Image of an abstract painting with many colors.So is the objective to become dispassionate? Yes, in a way. Not become cold and dead inside but only to realize that nothing REALLY matters. Only the exact moment that we are in right now matters in reality. Only that exact moment we are in currently is the true reality. There is no past. There is no future. It is just now.

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