It is said that whether our dharma practice is effective or not depends on whether we can give up our concern for this life, which is often described in terms of the eight worldly dharmas concerns about gain and loss, pleasure and pain, fame and oblivion, praise and blame. And it is during this life that we have the opportunity to work with them. We should not procrastinate and think that we will do it later in this or another life. In a key text of the Sakya tradition, “Cutting Free of the Four Attachments”, it is said that if we are attached to this life, we are not a genuine dharma practitioner. The true dharma practitioner is free of clinging to this existence.
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