A Quote by jack Kornfield on jack kornfield, awakening, liberation, clinging, aversion, craving, spirit, and enlightenment

In spiritual life there is no room for compromise. Awakening is not negotiable; we cannot bargain to hold on to things that please us while relinquishing things that do not matter to us. A lukewarm yearning for awakening is not enough to sustain us through the difficulties involved in letting go. It is important to understand that anything that can be lost was never truly ours, anything that we deeply cling to only imprisons us.

Jack Kornfield

Source: Stories of Spirit (with Christina Feldman)

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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

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A Quote by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche on buddhism, death, and clinging

Even if death were to fall upon you today like lightning, you must be ready to die without sadness and regret, without any residue of clinging for what is left behind.  Remaining in the recognition of the absolute view, you should leave this life like an eagle soaring up into the blue sky.

Dilgo Rinpoche

Source: Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die, Pages: 136

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A Quote by Tsoknyi Rinpoche on buddhism, rigpa, dzogchen, nondualism, and clinging

What is the difference between the real state of rigpa and the imitation?
Check whether or not there is any clinging, any sense of keeping hold of something. With conceptual rigpa you notice a sense of trying to keep a state, trying to maintain a state, trying to nurture a state. There is a sense of hope or fear and also a sense of being occupied. Understand? The keeping means there’s a sense of protecting, of not wanting to lose it, in the back of the mind. This is not bad, it’s good, and for some people there’s no way around training like that in the beginning. Through training in this way, that conceptual aspect becomes increasingly refined and clarified.

So you practice more, more, more. Now you have more of a sense of openness, but still you’re holding this openness. All right, then, let the openness go. Let’s say that after two months you let it go. But still you’re staying within the openness—so then you practice letting go of the staying. And somehow there is still a remnant of wanting to achieve it again. So you let that go as well, and slowly again let it go, let it go, until you become very much “just there,” and finally very free and easy.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche


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A Quote by Chandrakirti on self, attachment, clinging, compassion, and buddhism

First we conceive the "I" and grasp onto it.
Then we conceive the "mine" and clink to the material world.
Like water trapped on the water wheel, we spin in circles, powerless.
I praise the compassion that embraces all beings.


Source: Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill, Pages: 80

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