Monday, October 17, 2011

Seeing through the nature of attachment

I've noticed over the years that many people strive to alleviate their suffering by gaining control over their minds. I assure you, dear readers, that this will never happen. Charlotte Joko Beck explains:
The process of practice is to see through, not to eliminate, anything to which we are attached. We could have great financial wealth and be unattached to it, or we light have nothing and be very attached to having nothing. Usually, if we have seen through the nature of attachment, we will have a tendency to have few possessions, but not necessarily. Most practice gets caught in this area of fiddling with our environments or our minds. "My mind should be quiet." Our mind doesn't matter; what matters is non attachment to the activities of the mind. And our emotions are harmless unless they dominate us - that is, if we are attached to them)---then they create dis-harmony for everyone. The first problem in practice is to see that we are attached. As we do consistent, patient [sitting practice] we begin to know that we are nothing but attachments; they rule our lives. But we never lose an attachment by saying it has to go. Only as we gain true awareness of its true nature does it quietly and imperceptibly wither away; like a sandcastle with waves rolling over, it just smoothes out and finally Where is it? What was it?


  1. Wow, very nice. Thank you for posting! Did a Google search for 'true nature and attachment', and this post was the first thing that came up.

  2. How very interesting.

    Well, I'm glad you found your way here, Pete, and that you took the time to leave a comment. Thank you.

    I hope you'll come back. This is a non-sectarian blog devoted to meditative practice and you are most welcome here!


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