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Lions Roar : July 2017
different. Craving is sometimes unnatural. Your desire to exist is natural. It is uncontrived. What is natural is usually healthy. You know there is a healthy state of mind, and then there is an unhealthy state of mind. There is a healthy instinct and an unhealthy instinct. Your desire to exist is totally healthy because it is natural. You are born with it. Craving seems to be unhealthy. It is more like a neurotic level of desire. It’s almost like a neurotic obsession to exist, and that craving is usually accompanied by lots of fear and insecurity. It is a fear of death, and it sometimes comes with violence. There is violence in fighting against reality, impermanence, and change. Perhaps you have heard that many Zen masters claim they have transcended life and death. Can you really transcend death? It depends on how we understand what it means to tran- scend death. From one perspective, we cannot transcend death; we are all going to die. On the other hand, we can transcend death. At the moment we are able to cut through and let go of our craving for existence, we have transcended death. Then there is no more fear of death. Then there is total acceptance. Out of craving, this kind of neurotic obsession with our own existence, many other forms of craving come into being. Crav- ing for security, success, power, affection, recognition, certainty, wealth, and so forth. Craving for comfort, craving for favorable circumstances. We see that clearly much of our suffering comes into being from these cravings. Actually if you look into your consciousness right now, maybe you will find suffering. Do you find suffering? This is a powerful inquiry. This is the most powerful form of self-inquiry, the most powerful form of self- reflection. This is why Buddha said, “One must inquire in order to understand the root of suffering.” He never said transcend suffering. He said realize suffering and cut through to the root of it. This is such a wise statement. Desire is natural to us, but craving is neurotic. Craving is a form of desire that becomes neurotic. It is desire that has lost its original quality, its natural quality. Recognize your suffer- ing as well as its root and then learn to let go of it. Sometimes you will find a place inside yourself where there is no more craving, where it is already free. This is why we meditate. When our minds and bodies are completely serene, we feel that we are standing on the ground somewhere inside ourselves where there is no more craving and no more fear. This is the natural state of our being. The natural state of our being is already free from craving. It is beautiful that we exist. Have you ever had a moment when you were simply enjoying that you exist? A moment when you were so serene, and you simply enjoyed being alive? You enjoyed that you were breathing, that you could smell, that you could feel and taste? In moments like this, we feel so much joy. We enjoy the fact that we are simply alive in that very moment, that we exist right now. ♦ In troubled times, we need leaders like Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh to help us answer life’s deepest questions. This new book presents seven transformative meditations that will generate happiness, understanding, and love so that we can live deeply in each moment of our lives, right where we are. Available Wherever Books and E-Books Are Sold A PATH TO PEACE & HAPPINESS LION’S ROAR | JULY 2017 77