Indestructible Truth

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Barbara*, 1939-

“With insight meditation, all the stuff you ignored all your life, all of a sudden you realize what it is about. They call this meditation vipassana, which means insight, and you do get insight.”

I am a nun, I have lived in monasteries. I left the monastery, but still wear my robe every day. The definition of Buddhism as a nontheistic religion made me an instant believer. It spoke to me, and I pursued it to ordination. In the monastery I learned to meditate, and through it, understand my life. When you meditate, you get a little bit more insight about what this world is about. This is an amazing and complex realm that we are in, and we probably see very little of it. And I also learned about my own story through meditation. Many others, who don’t meditate, don’t even know their own story.

With insight meditation, all the stuff you ignored all your life, all of a sudden you realize, ‘oh, that’s what it is about!’ They call this meditation vipassana, which means insight, and you do get insights. The truth leaves evidence behind, details to put together. My mother’s life is a good example of this idea. It took me years to get it: mommy had a kid before she got married, probably in high school.

There is a Buddhist book called Indestructible Truth. What a title! If I write a book about my life, I’d want to call it The Truth Leaves Evidence.

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[* She asked to use a pseudonym, without photos]