ON BEING COLUMN – Tyranny of Aspiration

The Tyranny of Aspiration

Weekly Column By Sharon Salzberg for On Being Blog
Published March 5th, 2016

I used to want to use Buddhism as a way of becoming perfect. After all, there is comfort in an ideal. But the more difficult and more alive part of my spiritual practice was realizing the power of openness — in directly experiencing uncertainty, distress, and ambiguity.

Sharon Salzberg

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