attachment

A Quote by Peter on attachment, future, present, and emergence

The more attached we are to a vision of the future,
the less present we are to what is actually trying to emerge here and now. 

Peter Merry

Source: Peter Merry

Contributed by: Peter

A Quote by Lama Thubten Yeshe on attachment, desire, and buddhism

Contrary to what some people might believe, there is nothing wrong with having
pleasures and enjoyments. What is wrong is the confused way we grasp onto these
pleasures, turning them from a source of happiness into a source of pain and
dissatisfaction

Lama Yeshe

Source: Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Sogyal Rinpoche on love, attachment, happiness, and relationship

So often it is only when people suddenly feel they are losing their partner that they realize how much they love them. Then they cling on even tighter. But the more they grasp, the more the other person escapes them, and the more fragile the relationship becomes.

So often we want happiness, but the very way we pursue it is so clumsy and unskillful that it brings only more sorrow. Usually we assume we must grasp in order to have that something that will ensure our happiness. We ask ourselves: “How can we possibly enjoy anything if we cannot own it?” How often attachment is mistaken for love!

Even when the relationship is a good one, love can be spoiled by attachment with its insecurity, possessiveness, and pride; and then when love is gone, all you have left to show for it are the “souvenirs” of love, the scars of attachment.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Source: The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller; Revised and Updated Edition, Pages: 35

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Sylvia Boorstein on monasticism, renunciation, mindfulness, attachment, truth, and clarity

The Buhha was a monastic, but the practice of mindfulness in the context of any lifestyle is one of renunciation. Every moment of mindfulness renounces the reflexive, self-protecting response of the mind in favor of clear and balanced understanding. In the light of the wisdom that comes from balanced undertanding, attachment to having things be other than what they ar falls away.

Sylvia Boorstein

Source: That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist, Pages: 23

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by "Mahatma" Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on purification, self-purification, passion, passions, love, hatred, attachment, and repulsion

[The] path of self-purification is hard and steep. [One] has to become absolutely passion-free in thought, speech and action to rise above the opposing currents of love and hatred, attachment and repulsion. I know that I have not in me as yet that triple purity in spite of constant ceaseless striving for it. That is why the world's praise fails to move me, indeed it very often stings me. To conquer the subtle passions seems to me to be harder far than the physical conquest of the world by the force of arms.

Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Source: The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas (Vintage Spiritual Classics), Pages: 62

Contributed by: jess

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, definitions, descriptions, opinions, experience, knowledge, knowing, know, loving, living, life, questioning, question, belief, attachment, emotional, emotions, feelings, spirit, and joy

There are those who will dismiss love as a naïve and romantic construct of our culture. Others will wax poetic and tell you that “love is all,””love is the bird call and the glint in a young girl’s eyes on a summer night.” Some will be dogmatic and tell you emphatically that “God is Love.” And some, according to their own experience, will tell us, “Love is a strong emotional attachment to another…”etc. In some cases you will find that people have never thought of questioning love, much less defining it, and object violently even to the suggestion that they think about it. To them love is not to be pondered, it is simply to be experienced. It is true to some degree all of these statements are correct, but to assume that any one is best or all there is to love, is rather simple. So each man lives love in his limited fashion and does not seem to relate the resultant confusion and loneliness to this lack of knowledge about love.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 35

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, definitions, descriptions, opinions, experience, knowledge, knowing, know, loving, living, life, questioning, question, belief, attachment, emotional, emotions, feelings, spirit, and joy

In discussing love, it would be well to consider the following premises;

One cannot give what he does not possess. Too give love you must possess love.
One cannot teach what he does not understand. To teach love, you must comprehend love.
One cannot know what he does not study. To study love, you must live in love.
One cannot appreciate what he does not recognize. To recognize love you must be receptive to love.
One cannot have doubt about that which he wishes to trust. To trust love you must be convinced of love.
One cannot admit what he does not yield to. To yield to love you must be vulnerable to love.
One cannot live what he does not dedicate himself to. To dedicate yourself to love you must be forever growing in love.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 36

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on love, definitions, descriptions, opinions, experience, knowledge, knowing, know, loving, living, life, questioning, question, belief, attachment, emotional, emotions, feelings, spirit, and joy

There are those who will dismiss love as a naïve and romantic construct of our culture. Others will wax poetic and tell you that “love is all,””love is the bird call and the glint in a young girl’s eyes on a summer night.” Some will be dogmatic and tell you emphatically that “God is Love.” And some, according to their own experience, will tell us, “Love is a strong emotional attachment to another…”etc. In some cases you will find that people have never thought of questioning love, much less defining it, and object violently even to the suggestion that they think about it. To them love is not to be pondered, it is simply to be experienced. It is true to some degree all of these statements are correct, but to assume that any one is best or all there is to love, is rather simple. So each man lives love in his limited fashion and does not seem to relate the resultant confusion and loneliness to this lack of knowledge about love.

Leo F. Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 35

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Bernard Glassman on compassion, kannon, kuan yin, avalokitesvara, attachment, skillful means, and buddhist compassion

In Buddhism we have different images and symbols. One of my favorites is Kannon, the image of compassion. Kannon can be a male or a female. There are different physical images of Kannon, but one shows Kannon with many, many arms. Why does Kannon have so many arms? I believe it is because Kannon took the the vos to make peace among all sentient beings she was so overwhelmed by the enormity of what that meant that she burst apart into millions of pieces. But the energy of that same vow brought all those pieces back in the shape of a million arms. Each arm holds something different. One arm holds a watch, one holds glasses, one arm bears a pen, one a hoe, one arm a Christmas bag, one a condom. Each arm has something different for the proper occasion.

Each of is an arm of Kannon, enabling Kannon to do her work. Like her, we're also overwhelmed, but when we reallize that the millions of pieces are all operating as one, then there's no problem. The reason we get overwhelmed is that we're attached to a certain result or taht we want to achieve a certain result or that we to achieve a certain goal. If we weren't attached we wouldn't be overwhelmed. It's endless. And we just take one step after the next

Bernard Glassman

Source: Buddhist Acts of Compassion by Pemela Bloom

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Seng-ts'an on buddhism, attachment, desire, chan, aversion, and chan buddhism

The great Way has no impediments;
It does not pick and choose.
When you abandon attachment and aversion
You see it plainly.
Make a thousandth of an inch distinction,
Heaven and earth swing apart.
If you want it to to appear before your eyes,
Cherish neither for nor against.

To compare what you like with what you dislike,
That is the disease of the mind.
You pass over the hidden meanings;
Peace of mind  is needlessly troubled.

It is round and perfect like vast space,
Lacks nothing, never overflows.
Only because we take and reject
Do we lose the means to know its Suchness.

Don't get tangled in outward desire
Or get caught within yourself.
Once you plant deep the longing for peace
Confusion leaves of itself.

Return to the root and find meanings;
Follow sense objects, you lose the goal.
Just one instant of inner enlightenment
Will take you far beyond the emptiness of the world....

Seng-ts'an

Source: The Essential Mystics : Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions, Pages: 82..83

Contributed by: Ryan

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