Suzuki, D T - Misc. Quote - Attachment and detachment
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D T Suzuki
We talk … about detachment, as if attachment is so fatal and hateful a thing that we must somehow try to achieve the opposite, non attachment.
But I do not know why we have to move away from things lovable and really conducive to our social and individual welfare. Kanzan and Jittoku enjoyed their freedom and welfare in their own way. Sakyamuni spent his 79 years by going from one place to another and teaching his gospel of enlightenment to all sorts of people varied in every way …
Socrates was born and died in Athens and used his energy and wisdom [to bring] philosophy from heaven to earth [until he was 70].
What shall we say about these lives when each of them apparently enjoyed his to the utmost of his heart’s content? Is it a life of attachment or detachment? … Instead of using such terms as attachment or detachment … is it not better to call it a life of absolute freedom. It is enlightenment that brings peace and freedom among us.