A Quote by Richard R. Powell on basho, basho, wabi sabi, sabi, zen, attachment, loss, suffering, impermanence, imperfection, and enlightenment


Wabi sabi acknowledges three things: "nothing is perfect, nothing lasts, and nothing is finished." So, at first glance, it seems to celebrate the very thing that causes suffering. Yet, Basho found that wabi sabi led to enlightenment. So what is going on here? Basho himself studied Zen for several years and traveled in disguise as a Zen priest, yet he clearly became attached to people and places, wept openly beside ancient battlegrounds and other sites of romance or valor. He suffered gladly the pains of attachment and sympathy, identified with nature and its pathos. Either he was not very disciplined in his Buddhist practice, or he understood something about attachment and loss that we could do well to learn.

Richard Powell

Source: Wabi Sabi for Writers: Find Inspiration. Respect Imperfection. Create Peerless Beauty., Pages: 98

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A Quote by Dan on suffering, attachment, dan millman, and way of the peaceful warrior

"If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is a law, and no amount of pretending will alter that reality."

Dan Millman

Source: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

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A Quote by Leo F. Buscaglia on dedication, experience, love, relationships, security, and attachment

As soon as the love relationship does not lead me to me, as soon as I in a love relationship do not lead another person to himself, this love, even if it seems to be the most secure and ecstatic attachment I have ever experienced, is not true love. For real love is dedicated to continual becoming.

Leo Buscaglia

Source: Love : What Life Is All About, Pages: 116

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Dan Millman on effort, peace, understanding, and attachment

When you begin your transcendental training, focusing your best efforts, without attachment to outcomes, you will understand the peaceful warrior's way.

Dan Millman

Source: Everyday Enlightenment

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A Quote by Virginia Woolf on fiction, life, and attachment

Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible.

Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Source: A Room Of One's Own, ch. 3 (1929).

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A Quote by unknown on clarity, emotion, facts, support, and attachment

The fewer clear facts you have in support of an opinion, the stronger your emotional attachment to that opinion.


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A Quote by Thomas Merton on justice, love, spirituality, and attachment

Attachment to spiritual things is . . . just as much an attachment as inordinate love of anything else.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

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A Quote by Sogyal Rinpoche on good, learning, life, meditation, and attachment

What we have to learn, in both meditation and in life, is to be free of attachment to the good experiences, and free of aversion to the negative ones.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Source: Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, HarperCollins Publishers, 1993, p. 76

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A Quote by Simone Weil on illusions, reality, and attachment

Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.

Simone Weil (1909 - 1943)

Source: Gravity and Grace

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A Quote by Shui-ch'ing Tzu on awareness, nature, and attachment

Be aware of the ephemeral nature of material things. Lose your attachment to them.

Shui-ch'ing Tzu (between 1600 & 1911 -)

Source: commentary on T'ai Shang Ch'ing-ching Ching, written in Six Dynasties Era (220-589 AD), p 115

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