Opportunities that counteract attachment

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Part 1 of a two-part teaching by H. E. Dagmo Kusho Sakya on Parting from the Four Attachments, a four-line teaching spoken by Manjushri to Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, father and founder of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. Given at Sravasti Abbey in July 2012.

  • Background on Sakya master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and origin of the text
  • Four-line teaching contains essential points of Mahayana Buddhism
  • Attachment to self-interest impedes pure Dharma practice; our opportunity is to practice for the benefit of all sentient beings
  • Nature of samsara is dissatisfaction; our opportunity is to remember impermanence and suffering
  • Guidance on proper devotion to teacher, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha
01 Parting From The Four Attachments H E Dagmo Kusho 07-21-12

Parting from the Four Attachments, as translated by Her Eminence during this teaching:

If you are attached to this life, you are not a person of Dharma.
If you are attached to cyclic existence, you will not have renunciation.
If you are attached to your own purpose, you will not have bodhicitta.
If grasping arises, you will not have the view.

For Part 2 of this two-part teaching, see Practical advice on attachment and pilgrimage

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