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27 The Lotus, the Papyrus & the “O! As is…” – Part 2 The monastery of Anba Bishoi is the first on the list for the day. Cumulus clouds have been piling high all morning and now lie dark against the northern horizon. It’s cool and breezy; we’re glad of the extra clothing we brought along. St. Bishoi Monastery was originally built in the 4th Century, the current church having been rebuilt in the 14th Century. There are now 160 monks here, padding across the flagstones and beneath those sandy ochre-coloured walls.

And in two weeks the infatuation was totally gone. It was incredible. If you put it in a movie no one would ever believe it. ” Gone. This was very impressive to me and it made me inclined, from that time on, not to just keep an eye on the most prominent emotion or problem but to look at the reactions to that – how the mind is handling the situation. 39 The Contemplative Heart We can look at the way we deal with physical pain in the same way. We can get so involved in dealing with pain itself that we are not really noticing our attitude towards it.

Just to say our own name can have a most amazing effect. That which is the most familiar thing in the world to us suddenly starts to sound extremely weird. ” It’s just what we write down on our passport. But what actually is that label referring to…? At that moment the conceptual mind is interrupted, as if a door were swinging open, and then the light of what we really are is able to penetrate. At that moment of hesitation the mind is in a state of openness. There is attention, non-grasping and non-discrimination.

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