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Empty Phenomena Rolling On

An Interview with Joseph GoldsteinHelen Tworkov

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Tricycle: The householder life is very common in American dharma practice, yet this is quite different from Asia. Does the lifestyle affect the practice?

Goldstein: A friend went to see a Tibetan lama in Nepal and asked how he could become liberated as a householder. Rinpoche replied, "Even the Buddha had to renounce the household life." This has to do with renunciation, because on many levels, renunciation is what frees the mind: renunciation of grasping, renunciation of our attachments.

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