Why is it that one wanders through samsara?

The answer is that one wanders because of the confusion of not knowing one’s own nature.

For example, if a person possesses a stone containing gold in his fire place,

He might, when not recognizing it to be gold, undergo the misery of starvation.

Likewise, when your master points out your essence, it is an expression of great kindness.


Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen: A Commentary on The Quintessence of Spiritual Practice, The Direct Instructions of the Great Compassionate One by Chokyi Rinpoche (page 1113)

“Two grave errors of dualism can be cured by a simple flu. First is the belief that you are your mind, or that your soul is separate from the body. This ignorance of your true self causes egocentrism, suffering, and a false sense of separation from everything else in the universe. Second is the concurrent belief that, since your essential nature is non-material, the material world is, at best, an amusement, or at worst, a burden to be thrown off. This ignorance causes the error of supposing that God is not present in the material world, leading either to asceticism on the one hand, or to hedonism on the other. A little dose of reality – that, with a different balance in blood sugars or a change in neurochemistry, the supposedly separate ‘you’ changes completely – can remove both obstacles to realization.

Return again to the model of the six-pointed star, a symbol of the integral life. To live only materially, denying the movements of the soul, is an impoverished life. But to live as if the soul, disembodied, is all that matters in life, is likewise a form of impoverishment, an embrace of one portion of human experience, and a denial or denigration of the rest. Kabbalah, like the symbol of the Star of David, is centrally about balance – bringing into balance the ever-shifting forces of creation. Thus it, too, is an intivation to live in an integral way: bodily and spiritually, experiencing the joys and sorrows of human life and their transcendence, uniting heaven and earth. The messianic age is that time at which the sacred marriage will be consummated: the meeting of sky-god and earth-goddess, masculine and feminine, spirit and matter, line and circle, the Holy One and the Presence, temporality and eternity, soul and body. And the ‘secret of Unity’ of which these same Kabbalists speak is that they are already one – since time itself is only half of the infinite. Unity may be experienced now, but not by leaving anything behind.”


– Jay Michaelson (God in Your Body: Kabbalah,

Mindfulness and Embodied Spiritual Practice)








Sasāra, the Sanskrit and Pāli term for “continuous movement” or “continuous flowing” refers in Buddhism to the concept of a cycle of birth (jāti) and consequent decay and death (jarāmaraa), in which all beings in the universe participate and which can only be escaped through enlightenment. Sasāra is associated with suffering and is generally considered the antithesis of nirvāa or nibbāna.