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What is it that we hope to achieve through all this incessant accumulation? Why are we compulsively motivated to have things? In the first place we instinctively sense that a certain element is lacking in our lives. A vague hunger echoes from deep within us. Perhaps through acquiring material objects, friends, and knowledge this void could be filled. So we set out into the world and start to consume whatever commodities it has to offer. We eat and for a while feel satisfied, but the pangs of hunger always return. Ironically, the more we crave to possess and dominate the world and others, the deeper and more unbearable becomes the chasm of our own emptiness. In order to conceal this rapidly widening gulf our compulsion develops into a frenzy. But, however hard we try, we will never succeed in filling an inner emptiness from the outside; it can only be filled from within. A lack of being remains unaffected by a plenitude of having.

— Stephen Batchelor – Alone With Others – Chapter 1: Having and Being

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Equanimity and Oneness


“Equanimity sees others as they are; no one is essentially desirable, no one is essentially repugnant, and no one is essentially insignificant. All are essentially sentient beings, hoping and fearing, loving and hating, living and dying.”

— Stephen Batchelor – Alone With Others (1983)

Were I other than you,
Then even without you
I would be someone else;
I cannot be your other without you.

— Nagarjuna – Verses from the Center – Connection – translated by Stephen Batchelor

Todays’ post is dedicated with gratitude to Stephen Batchelor, a British author, teacher, a scholar and a noted proponent of agnostic or secular Buddhism.