Nonattachment

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The principle of nonattachment is basic to Buddhism as a corollary to the teaching of Gautama Buddha in his second of the Four Noble Truths, i.e., the cause of suffering is inordinate desire.

In Gautama Buddha’s Pearls of Wisdom series “Quietly Comes the Buddha,” dictated to the messenger Elizabeth Clare Prophet, the Lord of the World teaches on the virtue of nonattachment:

He that is great among you is the servant neither of self nor of passion’s pall, not of desire save the desire to be the Buddha for humanity,... not of self-centeredness save the centering of the self in God....
The tenth perfection of the law is the balance between desire and desirelessness. It is the point of the fusion of the active and the passive.... The Perfection of Indifference is the zeal that determines the quantity of energy entrusted to your care. The three-times-three will be the nine, the ninety, the nine hundred, the nine thousand, the nine million, or the nine billion according to your ability to show indifference alike to mockery and to praise, to pleasure and to pain, to poverty or riches, adulation or indignation. This is the tenth perfection of the law—indifference to the gratitude or ingratitude of mortals, indifference to their cursings or the garlands of their approbation.[1]

See also

Karma yoga

Sources

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  1. Elizabeth Clare Prophet, Quietly Comes the Buddha: 25th Anniversary Edition, pp. 46, 128).