complete liberation

August 22, 2010

In the language of the Buddha, the word for fuel and for clinging is the same: upadana. The Buddha understood that suffering arises from and is fueled by clinging.

When the fuel is removed, suffering is extinguished. By understanding how deep-rooted and subtle clinging is in our own unliberated minds, we come to appreciate the mind of nibbana (complete liberation) as refreshingly cool and peaceful.

– Gil Fronsdal, from “Three Takes on Nirvana”

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