What are you attached to?

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What are you attached to?

Post by No_Mind » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:31 am

I have found everyone is attached to something .. something they obsess over. For some it is their dog, for some their house, for some their hair and for some their hi-fi system.

What do you own or possess (as part of your body or your possessions) that you are really, really attached to? (as in faintest damage .. invisible damage to it causes you mental anguish)

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by bodom » Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am

As far as material possessions, my Dhamma books. I have collected probably close to 200 books. The bookshelf pictured here are my sutta collections and books in the Thai Forest Tradition.
The rest boxed up consist of commentaries, Mahasi, Goenka, western Dhamma teachers and Zen books.
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To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by Sam Vara » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:02 pm

No_Mind wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:31 am
What do you own or possess (as part of your body or your possessions) that you are really, really attached to? (as in faintest damage .. invisible damage to it causes you mental anguish)
They don't count as possessions, of course, but the only things for which any damage leads to my unhappiness is my children. Then my wife, then the cat.

Having lived long enough to see the ravages inflicted on my body and possessions, nothing there would really bother me. Sure, catastrophic injury or incapacity would temporarily upset me, but far less than it would in the past, and I have the sense that I could cope with it without freaking out. Damage to objects I own would probably anger me if deliberate and malevolent, but I think I would recover quickly.

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by denise » Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:52 pm

my sight

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by Lucas Oliveira » Tue Mar 06, 2018 3:40 pm

I ask myself this question in meditation, when I begin to feel that peace, freshness, well-being.

why not devote more to this peace? What is holding me back?

Meanwhile I continue to meditate ...

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by Veer-Zinda » Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:12 pm

My health (which only goes so far as not being ill, rather than a healthy lifestyle); physical comfort; personal space and freedom from nuisance or intrusion of any sort; friends and family; books, films, TV and music; and my opinions.

I think my attachment to some of these is greater than others, but I would definitely say that any threat to my health or physical comfort is something I have a greater problem dealing with. I hate going to the dentist, for example, and end up deferring treatment because it's more comfortable now, even though it won't be later on.

I think I've made more progress with freeing myself from attachment to my opinions... But you know, that's just my opinion :tongue:
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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by thepea » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:19 pm

Veer-Zinda wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:12 pm
My health (which only goes so far as not being ill, rather than a healthy lifestyle); physical comfort; personal space and freedom from nuisance or intrusion of any sort; friends and family; books, films, TV and music; and my opinions.

I think my attachment to some of these is greater than others, but I would definitely say that any threat to my health or physical comfort is something I have a greater problem dealing with. I hate going to the dentist, for example, and end up deferring treatment because it's more comfortable now, even though it won't be later on.

I think I've made more progress with freeing myself from attachment to my opinions... But you know, that's just my opinion :tongue:
I’m in the same boat.😀

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by binocular » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:29 am

I won't go into all the details of my attachments, but I'll point out one that I've noticed the other day: I'm attached to growing roses in our garden. The problem is that roses (at least many cultivars) get diseases easily, and so require (a lot of) treatment with pesticides, fungicides etc. Especially here, locally, all roses are affected by a fungal disease and plant lice. So in order to grow roses here, a lot of breaking the first precept is necessary.

I've been thinking, "Why insist in growing roses? There are other, perennial and seasonal plants that blossom abundantly and which require minimum or even no treatment with pesticides etc.. Why not grow those?" The attachment to growing roses is really just an attachment to particular shapes and colors, and to the social status ascribed to them.
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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by ganegaar » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:35 am

:goodpost:
Thank you. This got me thinking " what am I attached to!"..
Oops looks like i am attached to everything, seriously! including to the very post I write here..(some strange sense of wanting to be recognised!)
I am attached to myself !
thank you so much!
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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by Dhammarakkhito » Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:56 am

bodom wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am
As far as material possessions, my Dhamma books. I have collected probably close to 200 books. The bookshelf pictured here are my sutta collections and books in the Thai Forest Tradition.
The rest boxed up consist of commentaries, Mahasi, Goenka, western Dhamma teachers and Zen books.

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by bodom » Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:36 am

Dhammarakkhito wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:56 am
bodom wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am
As far as material possessions, my Dhamma books. I have collected probably close to 200 books. The bookshelf pictured here are my sutta collections and books in the Thai Forest Tradition.
The rest boxed up consist of commentaries, Mahasi, Goenka, western Dhamma teachers and Zen books.

FB_IMG_1520336967833.jpg
:namaste:
give some away, that will be great merit
dhammadāna, the highest gift is dhamma
Hi dhammarakkhito.

I've donated nearly 100 books to the San Antonio Zen over the past 3 years.

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by James Tan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:07 pm

binocular wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:29 am
I won't go into all the details of my attachments, but I'll point out one that I've noticed the other day: I'm attached to growing roses in our garden. The problem is that roses (at least many cultivars) get diseases easily, and so require (a lot of) treatment with pesticides, fungicides etc. Especially here, locally, all roses are affected by a fungal disease and plant lice. So in order to grow roses here, a lot of breaking the first precept is necessary.

I've been thinking, "Why insist in growing roses? There are other, perennial and seasonal plants that blossom abundantly and which require minimum or even no treatment with pesticides etc.. Why not grow those?" The attachment to growing roses is really just an attachment to particular shapes and colors, and to the social status ascribed to them.
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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by Dinsdale » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:24 pm

I am addicted to Buddhist practice. The National 'Elf can't do nuffink to 'elp. :tongue:
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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by No_Mind » Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:43 pm

bodom wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am
As far as material possessions, my Dhamma books. I have collected probably close to 200 books. The bookshelf pictured here are my sutta collections and books in the Thai Forest Tradition.
The rest boxed up consist of commentaries, Mahasi, Goenka, western Dhamma teachers and Zen books.

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Rather stupid question but sincere one.

Which shelf is which part of the Pali Canon? It is impressive collection.

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Re: What are you attached to?

Post by bodom » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:11 pm

No_Mind wrote:
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:43 pm
bodom wrote:
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:52 am
As far as material possessions, my Dhamma books. I have collected probably close to 200 books. The bookshelf pictured here are my sutta collections and books in the Thai Forest Tradition.
The rest boxed up consist of commentaries, Mahasi, Goenka, western Dhamma teachers and Zen books.

FB_IMG_1520336967833.jpg
:namaste:
Rather stupid question but sincere one.

Which shelf is which part of the Pali Canon? It is impressive collection.

:namaste:
Hi no-mind.

The top shelf is reserved for Bhikkhu Bodhi's Nikaya translation series, including his newest Suttanipata translation, and also Thanissaro's 5 Nikaya and Vinaya anthologies, and Nyanaponika's sutta collections.

:namaste:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With no struggling, no thinking,
the mind, still,
will see cause and effect
vanishing in the Void.
Attached to nothing, letting go:
Know that this is the way
to allay all stress.

- Upasika Kee Nanayan

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