The Home of Our Attachments

homeDuring the summer, many of us will travel back home to visit family and friends. ‘Back home’ is not a particular location —it is the place where our attachments reside. Unless we are truly detached, old habits assert themselves, and the cognitive and affective afflictions can return full-force. If that is the case, it is best to stay away.

If we can avoid attachment during our visits back home, we will have wonderful opportunities to practice the Dharma and demonstrate to ourselves how much we have advanced along the way. We may have developed a different perspective on reality and learned techniques to eliminate or reduce our affective and cognitive afflictions, but unless we have the opportunity to apply them, they remain mere conceptual formations.

Since the strength of the bonds and habits is greater back home, it is precisely there where we can more easily realize how far we have advanced, and how much farther we need to go.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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