elephant journal – Great video by Pema Chodron
I just came across this delicious interview with Pema Chodron on Elephant Journal speaking to how she became a Buddhist. I guess the gateway drug really can be suffering.
I think in my case, I came to Buddhism out of feeling like I’ve already exhausted all of the escape mechanisms for fleeing from suffering. I knew that I couldn’t really continue feeling the panic, sadness, frustration, fear, jealousy and perpetuate anger against others and myself. Having a little taste of compassion for myself broke my heart when I knew I had to make some serious decisions.
The thought of freedom can be so frightening, but what’s life without risk. Why wait until it’s too late.