Attachment and Aversion

If, while practicing the Mahayana during eons as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, a Bodhisattva continuously violates the precepts due to attachment, his fault is mild. If a Bodhisattva violates one precept moved by aversion, even once, his fault is very serious.

Why? Because a Bodhisattva who violates the precepts out of attachment still appreciates sentient beings, while a Bodhisattva who violates one precept due to aversion disdains beings.

A Bodhisattva should not fear those passions that might help to keep him appreciative of beings, but should fear those passions that might make him disdain beings.

—Buddha Shakyamuni, Arya Vinaya Viniscayopāli Pariprccha Sutra

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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3 Responses to Attachment and Aversion

  1. Coleen Tew says:

    I am having such a hard time not having aversion to Donald Trump and the republican party. Any advice on how to circumnavigate this?

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