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Buddhadharma : Spring 2019
ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS 85 meditation. You might be reading commentaries, reaching different jhanas—I don’t know. But you are not doing the work of liberation if you have not come completely undone. That’s where it begins. I have no idea where it ends. I’m not talking only about the Buddhist path; I’m talking about the path of liberation. You can come to that as an activist. You can come to it as a yogi, or as an agnostic, or as a humanist. If you’re on the path to liberation, you have to be motivated by this fierce sense of undoing, this willingness to come completely apart, to know that everything you think you know about yourself, you inherited from someplace else. You need to take account. Be willing to face and acknowledge that much of what has come to you has been unearned and has come at great cost to others. Start balancing the books. And then: relax. Relax. Enjoy your life. Let it unfold. This is the tension of the path: the fierce, fierce undoing and the perfected ability to just be with what is. It comes down to this: if you don’t get on your path, I don’t get to finish mine. We’re bound. So it is my deepest hope that whatever part of you is holding some idea from wherever you sit, whatever location, if you are caught up, fixated on being a victim, or on the idea that you should just be guilt-ridden and there’s nothing you could possibly do to redeem yourself, wherever you are caught up, wherever you are stuck, wherever you are bound—this is not cause for concern. This is not cause for you to give up. This is exactly where your path begins. There’s no reason to go out and fix your- self up and have it all together. You start exactly where you are, the truth of your existence right here and now. Know that no one has your answers. Just commit—that’s your job. If you have fierce com- mitment to your own liberation, then you are worthy to walk on this path toward liberation for all.