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Daily Wisdom for December 16

by Lydia Anderson
December 16, 2013
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 12:00 -- landerson

“There is a well-known simile about a monkey trap of the kind used in Asia—a wooden container with a small opening. Inside lies a sweet. The monkey, attracted by the sweet, puts his paw into the opening and grasps the sweet. When he wants to draw his paw out again, he cannot get his fist with the sweet through the narrow opening. He is trapped until the hunter comes and captures him. He does not realize that all he has to do to be free is let go of the sweet. That is the way we live our lives. We are trapped because we want it nice and sweet. Not being able to let go, we are caught in the never-ending cycle of happiness and unhappiness, hope and despair.’—Ayya Khema, Be and Island

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