Attachment : The immediate cause of suffering
Buddha’s doctrine: man suffers because of his craving to possess
and keep forever things which are essentially impermanent. Chief
among these things is his own person, for this is his means of
isolating himself from the rest of life, his castle into which he can
retreat and from which he can assert himself against external
forces. He believes that his fortified and isolated position is the best
means of obtaining happiness; it enables him to fight against
change, to strive to keep pleasing things for himself, to shut out
suffering and shape circumstances as he wills. In short, it is his
means of resisting life. The Buddha taught that all things, including
his castle, are essentially impermanent and as soon as man tries to
possess them they slip away; this frustration of the desire to possess
is the immediate cause of suffering.
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