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Terrible trials of my spouse whose condition caused much angst in me led to not only tremendous faith in practice but a sense of much deeper 'knowing.' I feel catapulted and strangely free. Can you comment?

Vimalakirti choose to use sickness as a tool to teach people. Once he got sick, everyone worried about him. He says: “Everyone thinks they are healthy, but you cannot rely on this body – that is impossible. We never know when it changes and an end is coming for sure. Just like the Buddha taught, it is the source of suffering and worries. The body is the container for sickness, that is why even one day sooner we need to awaken.” This is how Vimalaktiri teaches that sickness shows you the meaninglessness of all desires. 

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