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

Lama Yeshe

Source: Introduction to Tantra : The Transformation of Desire

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Gilbert Meilaender on desire, satisfaction, delight, longing, receptivity, and independence

The proper posture for the creature is one of receptivity. In Perelandra we see several ways in which this posture could be corrupted or destroyed. First it is always possible to seek ways to assure ourselves of repeating the pleasure. This is what makes money so suspect in Lewis' eyes - it is a means by which we assure ourselves that we can have the pleasure whenever we want it. It provides a measure of independence. One no longer has to throw oneself into the wave. Second, even when one pleasure is given, it is (as the Lady discovered) possible to turn from what is given to something which is (thought to be) preferred. And this, in turn, is what makes a life oriented toward the future suspect for Lewis - to commit too much of one's hopes and happiness to the future will make impossible the posture of receptivity appropriate to a creature.

In either case-whether we try to secure means for repeating the pleasure at will or turn from what is given to something else which is desired - Lewis thinks that we will eventually lose the capacity for delighting in what is received. For to treat a created thing as something more than that is to destroy its true character. To seek in any created thing a complete fulfillment of the longing which moves us is to make of it an object of infinite desire and, because it is only a created thing, a false infinite. It may still be sweet, at least for a time, because it is intended by its Giver to be a source of delight. But in the end it will be poison for the person who gives his heart only to it. Hence the constant temptation: the lure of the sweet poison of the false infinite.

Gilbert Meilaender

Source: The Taste for the Other: The Social and Ethical Thought of C. S. Lewis, Pages: 18

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A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on life, wisdom, and desire

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 49 (On Freedom)

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A Quote by Janna Wissler on love, desire, and vulnerability

It can feel humiliating, in our culture of "self-love," to be ravaged with desire for another.

But what feels so impossible is that it simply hurts. The cells cry. The sex aches. The heart does indeed break. Split to the core, you are bleeding and bare, and you cannot comprehend.

The mind freezes to find an answer that will"I deserve better." "It's time to move on." "I must learn to love myself."

The spirit life is truncated just there, with the mind's easy solutions. The mind's coveted prize to become a reasonable, well-adjusted person who will not embarrass herself one more time - who will, in the future and for all time, steer clear of inchoate, self-confounding intensity.

Janna Wissler

Source: Janna Wissler in "The Marriage of Sex and Spirit"

Contributed by: Grushenka

A Quote by Frank Patrick Herbert on discipline, herbert, freedom, desire, and dune

Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

Frank Herbert (1920 - 1986)

Source: Frank Herbert

Contributed by: Ookami san

A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on unity, separated, desire, and love

It is the deep urge to be one with the whole, the deep urge to dissolve I and thou into one unity.  Love is that because we are separated from our own source, out of that separation the desire arises to fall back into the whole, to become one with it.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

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A Quote by MaNnUzZ on desire, guilt, discontentment, disaster, and greed

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is no greater disaster than greed.


Source: lao tze

Contributed by: MaNnUzZ

A Quote by Steven Pressfield on desire, life, resistance, and achievement

Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.

Steven Pressfield

Source: The War of Art

Contributed by: pau

A Quote by Brad Warner on acceptance, now, enlightment, and desire

Every single human being in the world at some time thinks that "if only" this or that one of our conditions could be met then we'd be happy. "If only I had a girlfriend/boyfriend/million bucks, then I'd be happy." Or in the case of the more spiritually minded: "If only I were enlightened, then that would settle everything once and for all." Think again.

An old Chinese Zen Master once said, "From birth to death it's just like this!"  

Wherever you go in the world of human beings is pretty much the same. Only the details are different. All of my gaijin teacher friends who wanted to get out of Japan and back to the "real world" have discovered that the "real world" is hardly any different than the place they were leaving.  

We always want to believe that somewhere there's a perfect situation, if only we weren't barred from it. But that's not the reality.  

We always imagine that there's got to be somewhere else better than where we are right now, the great "Somewhere Else" we all carry around in our heads. We believe Somewhere Else is out there for us if only we could find it. But there's no Somewhere Else. Everything is right here.

Brad Warner

Source: Hardcore Zen : Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality, Pages: 55

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....


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

Contributed by: Ryan

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