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Clinging/The Adamant Itch
« on: October 20, 2016, 11:13:28 pm »
Greetings, all beautiful beings!

I've been studying the Dharma as a layman for about three years now.  I've reaped unmeasurable benefits from the teachings of the Buddha, but still must learn more along my journey.
An obstacle I confront often, though, is unconscious attatchment/clinging.  In this case, it is a very subtle "itch" or void which demands to be satisfied, generally by sensual pleasures.
Time has taught me, though, that said void cannot be filled by such means, and that the more I follow it, the deeper it grows.
This follows, what is a simple man to do amongst this? Is there a way I can transmute it into profound spiritual stregnth? Is it a matter of deeply looking at it through different eyes?  Should I open my arms to it, accepting it completely in this eternal Present moment?
What are your thoughts or experiences?

Much thanks, and deep gratitude for your time,
Kevin :)

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Re: Clinging/The Adamant Itch
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2016, 04:26:32 am »
Hello Kevin,

I am also trying to understand my deeply seeded attachments and am very much a new student of Buddhism. I particularly cling to my work identity and know that this is causing that constant "itch' you talk about.

I found an interesting article that gives some insight about clinging and grasping.

http://www.buddhanet.net/budasa7.htm

Peace!

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― Mahatma Gandhi

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Re: Clinging/The Adamant Itch
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2016, 10:37:14 am »
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Time has taught me, though, that said void cannot be filled by such means, and that the more I follow it, the deeper it grows.
This follows, what is a simple man to do amongst this? Is there a way I can transmute it into profound spiritual stregnth? Is it a matter of deeply looking at it through different eyes?  Should I open my arms to it, accepting it completely in this eternal Present moment?
What are your thoughts or experiences?

Hi, Forestlover.  I like your handle, because I am also a forest lover.  Grew up with "Webbers Woods" a forest near my home as a playground as a child, and have always chosen homes near great forests as where we live now in southern New Hampshire.

A bit of truth I have found from various 12-Step Programs is as follows:

"When we focus on the problem, the problem gets larger."   "When we focus on the solution, the solution becomes the greater."

Like you, I have found that Buddha offers a solution to what ailed me, and the solution has become the greater.  Keep studying his teachings and, most importantly, practicing for personal validation and verification.  I have found that without practice, all the study and resulting theory in my head amounts to naught.

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« Last Edit: February 18, 2017, 08:35:22 am by Ron-the-Elder, Reason: spelling »
What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: Clinging/The Adamant Itch
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2017, 06:23:32 am »
Post removed due to being morally ambigous in the context of a Sangha.

Sorry about that.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2017, 05:06:34 am by Solodris »

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Re: Clinging/The Adamant Itch
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 11:55:48 am »
Thanks for this link.
I have saved it and will check it out.
Regards
Gene
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Re: Clinging/The Adamant Itch
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 10:07:37 pm »
An obstacle I confront often, though, is unconscious attatchment/clinging.
Hear ye, hear ye! ... extraordinary  :teehee:

 


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