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In Search of the Genuine

When we become disillusioned with our world, we often aspire to make a meaningful change in our lives. Often, this manifests as the desire to live in a more genuine way. One common idea is that being “genuine” means expressing ourselves with sincerity—stripping away all pretenses and being in the world “just as we are.” When we begin to strip away the layers of personality we’ve built up like a shell to protect us from painful realities, we make our first step toward genuine living. Many Westerners have come to associate this quality of living genuinely, openly, and honestly with the Buddhist path.

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