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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Renunciation

According to Tibetan Buddhism, in order to reach liberation, one must renunciate samsara, or those attachments to the material world. However, renunciation has a different connotation than what we might have in the western world. It really does not mean that we should do without pleasures, it is actually based more upon perspective; in other words, the extreme mind, which is what we deal with most of the time, is a grasping mind, it is a craving mind, and it places an overestimated value on objects and people, which would have nothing to do with the reality of the object or the person. That is a definition of renunciation that I can live with.