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Response to Htom Sirveaux (Reply #47)

Mon May 19, 2014, 11:36 PM

53. I had some very bad habits.

I was anxious, unable to tolerate things like traffic, found it difficult to just be silent, indulged in gossip.

Her book is very, very simple.

Life is hard, suffering is optional. Be silent. Stay in the moment. Don't talk about people.

It had a profound effect on me and it was, indeed, easier than I thought.

I have never gone further with Buddhism, but I have returned to this book over and over again when I saw that my habits were returning.

I have recently been living in Mexico and have gained from the special kind of spirituality that one sees a lot there. It's a combination of Catholicism and indigenous traditions.

I have no religion, but I have definitely benefited from my exposure to many religions.

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