Anupadana, meaning non-clinging (often translated as letting go), is the very essence of Dharma practice. This introductory talk looks at the specifics of cultivating a non-clinging attitude with respect our physical, emotional, and mental experience.
The clear message of the Buddha is that this holy life has as its end the unshakable deliverance of mind. (The Simile of the Heartwood, MN 29 and 30). This talk is about what is to be cultivated in our lives so that this deliverance is actualized. The cultivation of dana (generosity), sila (living a virtuous life), and bhavana (developing the mind through concentration and insight)….these three lead one securely in the direction of nibbana.
Martin explores the mechanism of wanting, the felt sense of different types of desire, and 3 ways of contemplating wanting in order to understand it more fully, and to free our relationship with desire.
Of the three forms of right intention, renunciation helps overcome greed, craving and clinging. Renunciation also helps with cultivating simplicity and ease, and allows us to taste the deep contentment born out of emptiness.