APPRECIATION My thanks go to all the nuns, anagarikas, laymen and women who have listened

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APPRECIATION My thanks go to all the nuns, anagarikas, laymen and women who have listened time and again to my expositions of the Buddha's teachings. Without them, these talks would not have happened and this little booklet would not be possible. A very special "thank you" to my friends, who have encouraged and supported my work and the publication of this book by their continued understanding and generosity. Those who have typed the manuscript from tapes made during the talks, have given freely of their time, energy and love to the propagation of the Dhamma. May everyone connected with this joint undertaking reap the excellent kamma caused by their gift. Sister Ayya Khema Parappuduwa Nuns Island Dodanduwa, Sri Lanka January 1, 1987 * * * * * * * * PREFACE This little volume is offered to all people everywhere, who know //dukkha// which is not only suffering, pain and grief, but all the unsatisfactoriness all of us experience during our lifetime. It is that unfulfilled striving in heart and mind which keeps pushing us in so many directions to find the ultimate satisfaction. When we have realised that all the avenues we have tried have brought us to a dead end, then the time has come to turn to Lord Buddha's teachings and see for ourselves whether his promise: "There's only one thing I teach That's suffering And its end to reach" can be experienced within ourselves and whether fulfilment is possible. As practice progresses, we will find that by letting go of our preconceived ideas on how and where //dukkha// can be avoided, we come upon uncharted landscapes within ourselves, which provide a totally new concept of life, its purpose, its value and its ultimate reality. May there be many "with little dust in their eyes" who can turn the tide on //dukkha// and be liberated. Sister Ayya Khema * * * * * * * *

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