Posted by Michael Pollard (188.8.131.52) on September 22, 2000 at 13:54:54:
In Reply to: Re: Tibetan Buddhist Opinions Wanted posted by Sergio on September 22, 2000 at 08:36:03:
Sergio is quite right. To lose attachment for things is important, even if you still engage in such things. I feel the danger of aspirations and dreams is that we have high aspirations and great dreams, which don't work out in real life. If we are attached to the dreams we have, we may end up dwelling with in those idealistic dreams reather then in reality. An example from my life. I dreamt of being a cool socialite in school, haveing girls chasing me. Kind of silly I know (now) but there was a time that was my goal, asperation. Anyway, life didn't work that way and I became disillusioned because my dream was better then this, so I dwelt in the dream. Bad thing, because then my life became more dream like and less productive. Likewise in practice, wanting to reach the most realized points, dreaming of them, will not take you there; if you prefere these great dreams to the harsh reality your practice could suffer... This is the understanding of a teacherless layfollower, so don't hold it as gospel (as if you would:). Metta.
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