“What causes suffering? Mental activity, constructing our thoughts. Sometimes the mind is in repose, and all is well. But sometimes it begins to act, elaborating what Buddha calls the construction of thoughts. It begins to make judgments, evaluations, different and varied thoughts. The mind moves along in a way that means evaluating things and judging persons and events. Suffering is the result of evaluations, judgments, and mental constructs.
If the mind doesn’t judge, there’s no suffering, nor is there any emotion. Sheer joy is all there is. All of us at particular moments in our lives have already experienced this joy. Call it grace, coincidence, luck, or whatever you want. Suddenly we are filled with peace, the mind is no longer agitated, and we experience joy and pleasure.”
Fr. Anthony DeMello, S.J., in “Walking on Water”
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