Sharing Circle: Attachment
In psychological literature, attachment often is caricaturized as the bonding that takes place between mother and child. Then there is the image of the mother duck, with her baby ducklings following behind. It is said that animals attach to the first animate object they see at birth. But in Buddhist literature, it is written that the Buddha said, “The root of all suffering is attachment.” This is the First Noble Truth in Buddhism.
We will explore how to detach to avoid suffering while remaining responsive to reality and to others. Are you attached to someone or to something? Is that a plus or a minus for you? Does attachment cause suffering or not?