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Buddhadharma : Fall 2010
43 fall 2 01 0 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly From time to time we come to a stuck place in our dhamma practice, sometimes for quite a while. This happens to everybody because it is a stuck place in our life process, a place of holding on that is based on false assumptions of how the mind is supported and how it is released. That is, we tend to operate in the mode of self- orientation, in which I determine, I struggle, I learn, and I get results. This is natural enough—we want results, right? And to an extent, a necessary extent, this strategy works. Meditation, service, renunciation, faith, commitment, and energy establish a vital context, and the foundations of that can stay with us beneath the personality level when our efforts break down and we feel we’re not getting anywhere. After a while, the doing, fixing mind gets to the end of what it can accomplish and becomes the problem rather than the solution. Then we get stuck. And that sense of stuckness spins out into blaming our apparent self, our system of practice, or Feeling stuck in your Buddhist practice — or in your life generally — is a valuable opportunity, says ajahn Sucitto. When handled with awareness, it challenges your sense of self—and everything else you hold dear. Feeling Stuck? Good!