The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Attachment

No overnight change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Desire and attachment won’t change overnight, but desire becomes less ordinary as we redirect our worldly yearning toward the aspiration to become enlightened for the benefit of others. At the same time, we don’t abandon the ordinary objects of our desires – relationships, wealth, fame – but our attachment to them lessens as we contemplate their impermanence. Not rejecting them, rejoicing in our fortune when they arise, yet recognizing that they won’t last, we begin to build qualities of spiritual maturity. As our attachment slowly decreases, harmful actions that would normally result from attachment are reduced. We create less negative karma, more fortunate karma, and the mind’s positive qualities gradually increase.

– Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche

from the book “Gates to Buddhist Practice: Essential Teachings of a Tibetan Master”

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No trace

The enlightened mind is like a bird in flight that leaves no trace of its path. People will say, “A bird just flew by.” In their mind, there is a trace of the bird’s path. This is attachment. For the enlightened practitioner, that moment is already gone—the bird has left no trace of its flight. Like the bird, from moment to moment the enlightened practitioner’s actions do not leave any trace.

– Sheng Yen

from the book “The Method of No-Method: The Chan Practice of Silent Illumination”

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It is not impermanence that makes us suffer

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Thich Nhat Hanh Philosophy & Practice


Never really content

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 The Buddha compared attachment to drinking salt water from an ocean. The more we drink, the thirstier we get. Likewise, when our mind is conditioned by attachment, however much we have, we never really experience contentment.


– Mingyur Rinpoche

from the book “The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness”

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One of the greatest gifts we can offer people

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“One of the greatest gifts we can offer people is to embody nonattachment and nonfear. This is a true teaching, more precious than money or material resources. Many of us are very afraid, and this fear distorts our lives and makes us unhappy. We cling to objects and to people like a drowning person clings to a floating log. Practicing to realize nondiscrimination, to see the interconnectedness and impermanence of all things, and to share this wisdom with others, we are giving the gift of nonfear.”

~ Thich Nhat Hanh


No coming, no going

No coming, no going,
No after, no before
I hold you close
I release you to be free
I am in you
And you are in me ..

– Thich N. Hanh –


Once you stop clinging and let things be

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“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free. You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.” ~Bodhidharma

 

“Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free. You’ll transform everything… And you’ll be at peace wherever you are.” ~Bodhidharma

Four

Source: Four | Great Middle Way

July 8, 2017

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Whatever is gathered will disperse;

whatever rises will fall;

whatever comes together will separate;

whatever is born is subject to death.


Attachment to Enduring Entities

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Zen Buddhism Life


The greatest effort

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The greatest effort is not concerned with results. The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.

~ Atisha ~