Nobody can tell from external appearances who has renounced this life and who hasn’t. Renunciation is a state of mind and having lots of possessions is no indication at all. Even though somebody is a king with countless servants, stores of jewels and possessions and many rich apartments, we can’t conclude that his mind is not living in renunciation. Renouncing this life is a mental action, not physical one.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
from the book How to Practice Dharma: Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas
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