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29 August 2002 @ 10:48 am
Thought for today  
Buddha's recipe for escape was unique: He cautioned against extremes. Too much pleasure is vain... Too much denial is worthless. His program was the Middle Way or 8-Fold Path.
There is a deeper reason why desire causes pain, he went on. It is that "reality" is an illusion, a sort of movie created by our senses. How can anything but pain come from embracing a hallucination?

-Larry Gonick, Cartoon History of the Universe Volume 8