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    On Nov 16, 2019 David Doane wrote:

    What comes up in the mind, such as a view or perception, is a mental formation but not 'just' a mental perception, as Pasanno writes. That it's not permanent doesn't mean it's without value -- everything but Being is impermanent. It may be satisfactory and 'not-self'. The challenge is to have a view or perception without being trapped or locked in or controlled by it. We are able to let go of a view -- we can control it rather than it control us. I've accessed peace sometimes by letting go of religious and nationalistic and racial views I learned as a child, and have sometimes accessed more struggle. What helps me let go of my perspectives is being open and seeing what is rather than seeing my thinking, my prejudices, my preconceived notions, and my expectations.

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