March 17, 2006
6 Kinds of Loneliness

Pema Chodran once wrote about 6 kinds of loneliness and how instead of trying to escape from it, we should try to accept it without looking for resolution. The way of Shambhala buddhism is to walk the middle way; to accept and not judge; and to relax into the moment, with all its uncomfortability and just be.

With that comes the realisation that we are fundamentally alone in the world, and that there is no certainty to anything.

How true. And how truly difficult it is to live in the moment without desperately grasping for resolution in either direction. Living on my own, I have learnt to savour the feeling of loneliness. But even then, I am not good at sitting still and just being. I guess I still have a lot to learn from Pema.

Posted by nicki at March 17, 2006 01:09 AM

Didn't you tell me recently there are only 5 kinds of love? I'm not a mathematician (oh wait . . .), but that doesn't seem to match up well with your 6 kinds of loneliness. No wonder people are so alone.

Posted by: warcode on March 18, 2006 12:59 AM
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