By Steve Hagen

"Buddhism simple and Simple" deals a transparent, trouble-free treatise on Buddhism generally and on expertise specifically. Steve Hagan provides the Buddha's uncluttered, unique teachings in daily, obtainable language unencumbered by means of non secular ritual.

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So, in a sense, there's nothing to say. Picture a maple tree in late fall. Most of the leaves have fallen. Only a few leaves remain attached to the tree. You're sitting in a park. It's a beautiful day-warm for this time of year. The sky is a brilliant deep blue. Against the sky, near the top of a tree, you see a single leaf. It's a very bright reddish-orange. As you're looking at it the leaf quivers Morality and begins to fall. It tumbles down, drifting across the sky. You turn your head slightly to follow it.

80 Buddhism Plain and Simple Morality Now imagine you are the listener. Pat tells you something about Jolene. What do you just hear as a listener? What are you actually aware of, as opposed to what you think or believe or decide? What information have you actually received? You've received information about Pat-not about Jolene. We tend not to notice this, however. We may walk away believing we have solid information about Jolene. But we don't. All we have are Pat's words about her. On the other hand, we've received very direct information about Pat, because we've heard his words and intonations, we've seen his gestures, posture, and expressions.

We don't see that what we're calling freedom is actually bondage. When we act this way, we become prisoners of our own whims and desires. As a result, we're unable to act out of seeing our situation for what it is, moment after moment. We're only able to act according to our cravings. We think that freedom lies in making choices based on our desires. But when we see our circumstances, we see much more than just our desires. We see how the current situation has come to be. True freedom doesn't lie in having choices.

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