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On “Renunciation”

The Tibetan term generally translated as “renunciation“ has the literal meaning of “definite emergence.“ It indicates a deep, heartfelt decision definitely to emerge from the repeated frustrations and disappointments of ordinary life. Simply stated, renunciation is the feeling of being so completely fed up with our recurring problems, that we are finally ready to turn away from our attachments to this and that, and begin searching for another way to make our life satisfying and meaningful. Thus the cultivation of renunciation, or definite emergence, involves detaching ourselves from those sticky habits of attachment that hold us back from experiencing our fullest human potential.

— Lama Yeshe, Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire

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