The Dalai Lama on Possessions

“Fulfilled desire may provide a sense of temporary satisfaction; however, the pleasure we experience upon acquiring a new car or a home, for example, is usually short-lived. When we indulge our desires, they tend to increase in intensity and multiply in number. We become more demanding and less content, finding it more difficult to satisfy our needs.”

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“Death does not wait for us to tidy up our lives. It strikes unannounced. At the time of our death, friends and family, the precious possessions we have so meticulously collected throughout our lives, are of no value. Not even this precious body, the vehicle of this lifetime, is of any use. Such thoughts help us diminish our preoccupation with the concerns of our present lives.”

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Quotes from the book An Open Heart

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