To Test

To Test Whether We Are Attached to Something
By Ajahn Jayasaro (via)

We can test whether we are attached to something by observing our reaction to its absence.

If we are attached to goodness, we feel upset with people who act badly.
If we are attached to our teachers, we feel angry with people who criticize them.
If we are attached to our views, we feel frustrated with people who oppose them.
If we are attached to peace, we feel aversion to unpeaceful situations.

If we devote ourselves to goodness wisely, we feel compassion for people who act badly.
If we devote ourselves to our teachers wisely, we are patient with people who criticize them.
If we hold our views lightly, we find ourselves stimulated by people who oppose them.
If we follow the path of peace wisely, we see unpeaceful situations as a challenge.

1 Comment

  1. markonit

    …which, at least to me, goes to explain why I still like Morrissey..!

    Like

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