December 02, 2010

Rebel Buddha—Attachment to Virtue

Through the end of this week, the Tricycle Book Club is discussing Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche's Rebel Buddha! We've been posting daily excerpts from the book on the Tricycle Blog to inspire the conversation, which is happening here.

From Rebel Buddha:

"Attachment to virtue is an equally powerful agent of clinging. When our mind is so deeply rooted in a concept of virtue, letting go of our identity as a "good person" can be problematic. Our whole journey until now has brought us to the point of being good—in fact, exceptionally good. In this world of confusion and conflict, we've become professional positive thinkers and problem solvers with no thought of reward or recognition for ourselves. The danger here is that we can become so attached to our practice of virtue that it becomes who we think we are. When our compassion strays from its connection to emptiness, we end up with another solid, dualistic identity, and our virtue becomes conventional goodness. This kind of virtue can still produce some good in the world, but it has limits. The goal of this path is limitless compassion, a morality that sees beyond labels."

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