Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 8: Meditation
We move now into other areas where attachment brings suffering: for example spending your life accumulating wealth for the sake of comfort in old age, when there is no longer the energy, desire or ability to enjoy it. In the meantime, Shantideva says, we can bring shame and harm on ourselves and lose friendships and family in the drive to accumulate riches. We tie ourselves to a system, to masters who have no respect for us and place no value on our work.
Craving can cause us to sell ourselves to the highest bidder, while at the same time we lose our own sense of worth. What is truly valuable passes us by in the race to accumulate wealth, but our days are spent working so hard all we can do in the end is sleep like a corpse.
On the other hand, if we are able to accumulate wealth and not be attached to it, it won’t be a problem if, in the end, it is lost.
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