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      The great Indian pandita Aryadeva once said that to merely question that things might not be as they seem can shake the very foundation of habitual clinging.  This questioning spirit is the starting point for self-reflection.  Could it be that this tightly knit sense of self is not what it seems?  Do we really need to hold everything together, and can we?  Is there life beyond self-importance?  These kinds of questions open the door to investigating the cause of our pain. 

              Now, a bodhisattva is an individual who has come on to the path to enlightenment, and has achieved partial purification and partial attainment of the enlightened qualities.  Entering the path of the bodhisattva is the beginning of the ripening of the seed of the enlightened mind.  Until that happens, there is not even the ability to hear this truth.  Even if you happen to hear about [the absolute truth], you won't believe it, because you are simply not interested.  When there is interest in not only hearing of it but in deeply believing it, this is the time of awakening.  

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