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Old 10-24-2012, 07:07 AM
 
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The Buddha is said to have talked about attachment being the cause for suffering. What did he mean? What is attachment?
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:16 PM
 
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My guess would be attachment to "material" possessions, a huge impediment to sometimes doing what needs to be done, and moving on with life..
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:25 PM
 
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I've always thought it's far more than attachment to material things. You can be <very attached> to the fact that you see yourself as not attached to material things. I think it would be wonderful not to be attached to my next breath......
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:53 AM
 
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bostonbarney...do you think "breathing" is causing you suffering?....maybe you're just feeling contrary today?
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Old 10-30-2012, 03:45 PM
 
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Attachment loosely means holding on to "things" (like concepts) or feelings. It impedes mindfulness about what is compassionate, what is now, what to do with "now". Some of the terminology for the dharma in English gets wacky. You have to check many different sources to get a better idea.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:00 AM
 
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The Buddha is said to have talked about attachment being the cause for suffering. What did he mean? What is attachment?
Attachment to the ego.

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Old 11-14-2012, 06:18 AM
 
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The word attachment can be used in a physical sense.... like, "the leaves of some trees remain attached to their branches in the winter."

However, in the sense that the Buddha was talking about, I would say it's about a type of psychological connection that can take place between an individual and another person or a thing, it doesn't really matter what it is. It becomes an "attachment" when an individual becomes so obsessed in the relationship that they develop a need to own, control or dominate the other. Grasping is another word often associated with attachment. The ego is central to the attachment.

It becomes a problem because the individual can not let go of the attachment or as we might say, "go with the flow."
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:38 AM
 
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Attachment to the ego.
I had to go back and think of my Zen era. I believe you have summed it up correctly.
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:32 AM
 
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Could it not be argued that in letting go of attachment to ego would thus involve the diminishment of other, more material things?

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Old 11-16-2012, 05:54 AM
 
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Could it not be argued that in letting go of attachment to ego would thus involve the diminishment of other, more material things?
The way I view it. yes.

As the ego is a sort of self worship and wants the fulfillment of desires. Separation from the ego results in removal of desires.
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