A Quote by John Snelling on not self, ego, and attachment

Central to the Buddha's teaching is the doctrine of anatman: "not-self." This does not deny that the notion of an "I" works in the everyday world. In fact, we need a solid, stable ego to function in society. However, "I" is not real in an ultimate sense. It is a "name": a fictional construct that bears no correspondence to what is really the case. Because of this disjunction all kinds of problems ensue. Once our minds have constructed the notion of "I," it becomes our central reference point. We attach to it and identify with it totally. We attempt to advance what appears to be its interests, to defend it against real or apparent threats and menaces. And we look for ego-affirmation at every turn: confirmation that we exist and are valued. The Gordian Knot of preoccupations arising from all this absorbs us exclusively, at times to the point of obsession. This is, however, a narrow and constricted way of being. Though we cannot see it when caught in the convolutions of ego, there is something in us that is larger and deeper: a wholly other way of being.

John Snelling

Source: Elements of Buddhism

Contributed by: David

A Quote by St.Clair on belief, attachment, and separation

Attachment to beliefs and ideologies have led to global war, famine, political, social and economi upheavals, destrruction of our habitat and general dysfunction on all levels of society because they divide us from each other.


Source: Zen of Stars; p.434

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Isha De Lubicz on reincarnation and attachment

If you want to know why and how reincarnation happens, let us make an experiment.  Lie down, and see that the body, and above all the nerves, are completely relaxed.  Then repeat, slowly and with attention, these words, trying as you do so to convince yourself that they are entirely true;  “I abandon here and now all worry, all preoccupations, all personal will . . . I wash away all grief and regret, all spite and vengeance....I give up all personal love, all plans, all longings, and all hopes for earthly things.”

            If you really try to be sincere in making these assertions, I defy you to speak the words without misgivings.  Certain flame-hot fibers will revolt in you, will refuse such a surrender and contradict any such undertaking.  Those are the threads that will drag you back to earth.  Inevitably!

            Spiritual states have nothing in common with your memories, or with the imaginings and intellectual interests of your earthly being; but those memories impress their emotional attraction upon your Ego-consciousness, and this prevents its liberation and causes you to return to earthly existence, by attraction, by the yearning for completeness.  This is one of the most important aspects of the law of karma.

Isha De Lubicz

Source: Opening of the Way: A Practical Guide to the Wisdom of Ancient Egypt, Pages: 145

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Adyashanti on attachment, clinking, enlightment, self-deception, ego, and narcisism

Many spiritual seekers get "stuck" in emptiness, in the absolute, in transcendence. They cling to bliss, or peace, or indifference. When the self-centered motivation for living disappears, many seekers become indifferent. They see the perfection of all existence and find no reason for doing anything, including caring for themselves or others. I call this "taking a false refuge." It is a very subtle egoic trap; it's a fixation in the absolute and all unconscious form of attachment that masquerades as liberation. It can be very difficult to wake someone up from this deceptive fixation because they literally have no motivation to let go of it. Stuck in a form of divine indifference, such people believe they have reached the top of the mountain when actually they are hiding out halfway up its slope.

Enlightenment does not mean one should disappear into the realm of transcendence. To be fixated in the absolute is simply the polar opposite of being fixated in the relative. With the dawning of true enlightenment, there is a tremendous birthing of impersonal Love and wisdom that never fixates in any realm of experience. To awaken to the absolute view is profound and transformative, but to awaken from all fixed points of view is the birth of true nonduality. If emptiness cannot dance, it is not true Emptiness. If moonlight does not flood the empty night sky and reflect in every drop of water, on every blade of grass, then you are only looking at your own empty dream. I say, Wake up! Then, your heart will be flooded with a Love that you cannot contain.


Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on attachment, clinging, and buddhism

Monks, when ignorance is abandoned, and knowledge arises in the monk, with the ending of ignorance and the arising of knowledge he clings neither to sense-pleasures, nor does he cling to views, nor to precepts and vows, nor to a Self-doctrine. Not clinking, he is not disturbed; not disturbed, he attains individually nibbana.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: The Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon (Routledgecurzon Critical Studies in Buddhism), Pages: 167

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold on buddhism and attachment

Being attached is what prevents us from seeing, it is what clouds this miraculous awareness.

Geoffrey Shugen Arnold

Source: The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 (Best Buddhist Writing), Pages: 92

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Shantideva on buddhism, compassion, and attachment

My body, thus, and all my good besides,
And all my merits gained and to be gained,
I give them all away withholding nothing
To bring about the benefit of beings.


Source: The Way of the Bodhisattva: A Translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, Pages: 30

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Ian Gardner on attachment, life, and spiritualiy

The World Is Your Oyster.

The world is your oyster. Yes, but in that oyster is the pearl; and to get to the pearl one has to first discard the shell and the flesh.

Ian Gardner

Source: Ian's blog et al.

Contributed by: Ian Gardner

A Quote by Alice Malsenior Walker on faith, buddhism, attachment, labels, and now

I'm not [a Buddhist].  The whole point of anything that is really, truly valuable to your soul, and your own growth, is not to attach to a teacher, but rather to find out what the real deal is in the world itself. You become your own guide. The teachings can help you, but really, we're all here with the opportunity the reality of hereness. We all have that. I trust that...I'm just not interested in labels. I find all of them  constrictive.  They're hard to wear.  And they're hard to wear because we're always - hopefully - growing.

Alice Walker (1944 -)

Source: Shambhala Sun - May 2007, pages 46-47

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Pema Chodron on buddhism, thoughts, and attachment

Sometimes we find that we like our thoughts so much that we don’t want to let them go.

Pema Chodron

Source: The Places that Scare You : A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)

Contributed by: Jessica

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