But enough about that for now. I have a very busy year ahead of me. Through it all, one thing has remained constant for me these last seven years:
A gift of Dhamma conquers all gifts;It is somehow beyond what I can put into words, but even as life gives me more and more to be happy about, I find still a deeper happiness in those moments of calm when I realize that all of this is impermanent, that clinging to it is suffering, that there is no Self here to make happy by it all. It's as if above worldly happiness, which I have had so much of lately - and so much to be thankful for - there is simply something more.
the taste of Dhamma, all tastes;
a delight in Dhamma, all delights;
the ending of craving, all suffering
- Dhammapada v.354
So I will let that be my first lesson for 2008.