Daily Wisdom / Tibetan Dharma

The Chains that Bind the Worldly

Book coverYou might say, “Don’t pleasurable experiences give rise to happiness?” Although for ordinary people pleasures may appear to be related to happiness at the time they are enjoyed, in the end they are their undoing. They are, the Sovereign of the Conquerors said, like the fruit of the kimba tree, which grows in the western continent of Aparagodaniya: its skin is attractive but it is unpleasant inside; or it tastes delicious when one first eats it, but later it makes one ill. So, advises Nagarjuna, give up these pleasures, for it is the chains—the afflictive emotions—of attachment to pleasure that tightly bind the worldly in the prison of samsara.

From Nagarjuna’s Letter to a Friend with Commentary by Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche, page 96

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