CHAPTER 3

TIME: PROBLEM, QUESTION AND MYSTERY

If we listen to the teachings of the ancient wisdom, we will hear them telling us that none of our methods for mastering time can work. The reason they cannot work is that we do not feel that we exist, we do not see ourselves with the soft eyes of the heart. One of the central texts of the Buddhist tradition tells us, from the very first sentence:

We are what we think.

All that we are arises with our thoughts.

With our thoughts we make the world.3

And having told us this, the text goes on to show us the need to come to an entirely new kind of feeling about ourselves and a new way of seeing ourselves that is informed by this feeling. We need to feel our mortality, and not just know it with our thought. ...

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