it is a contradiction

it is a contradiction

If you take refuge to the buddha, dharma, sangha, for long life, for wealth, for success, for I don’t know, right match. All kind of things, for Barcelona team to win, all kind of ridiculous things also. It doesn’t matter, whatever. Pick one. Okay you pray to the buddha, dharma and sangha to live long. And now look at our mind. What do we need by live long. If there is a choice we want to live forever remember. We want to live forever. Living long, for ever and ever is by reality it is not possible. Buddha himself said all compounded things are impermanent. So you are asking the Buddha to make us live for ever and ever and I am compounded phenomena, you Buddha you who taught me that all compounded things are impermanent, can you make me live for ever and ever. It is a contradiction. It doesn’t work. So this is why taking refuge, it doesn’t matter, anything to do with the dharma practice, tse di la shen na choe pa min, if you have attachment to this life you are not a dharma practitioner.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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