Compassion and Non-Attachment: 2 Sides of the Same Coin

Hey Dharmaseekers!

Just to set the record straight, I went to one of my daughter's best friend's birthday party last Sunday, and I told Howard at least a month ago that I was going, so I don't know what he's talking about. He just always has to give me his big brother guilt trip. smile lol. He also told me that last week, some of you were perplexed about the seemingly contradictory notion of practicing compassion and detachment at the same time. So I decided to cover that topic this week. The first misconception is that the Buddha used the word "detachment" which he did not ever use because of course, he did not speak English. The actual Pali word is closer in meaning to the word,"non-attachment". When you look at the connotations of just these two words, you see that they are not really synonyms. And the picture already looks a bit more clear. We will discuss more about this interesting topic on Sunday. Hope to see you all then!

Omitofo!
Malinda

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    This class was great, it has been a long time since there's been such compassion and participation. The turnout was great.

    November 16, 2010

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    A former member

    I absolutely loved this class. I can't put into words how Malinda and Howard's classes have helped my family and I in every aspect of our lives. The Temple has taken us in and welcomed us with open arms. Every member and volunteer showing true compassion. It is my goal to be the same way.

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  • Malinda

    Great input from the class today! The moral of the story is that you must have non-attachment to desire in order to end your suffering and have true unbiased compassion for all beings. Omitofo!

    November 14, 2010

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