Updated: Apr 1
The Buddhist's believe the two primary causes of our suffering are attachment and grasping. Upādāna is the Sanskrit and Pāli word for "clinging", "attachment" or "grasping". Grasping and attachment in Buddhism, means psychologically holding on to some idea of "this is mine" or "this is me/who I am.
The four different kinds of grasping and attachment according to Buddhism
1. Sensual attachment (Kamupanana) is clinging to attractive and desirable sense objects. Kamupanana is a naturally developed attachment we form for things we find satisfaction in: colours, shapes, sounds, smells, tastes, objects, or mental images, past, present, or future. We instinctively find pleasure and delight in these sense objects but as time passes we become more firmly attached to them. It's these attachments to sensuality that often leads to our undoing, or demise as it's our primary source of attachment.
2. Attachment to opinions (Ditthupadana). From the moment we are born, we are taught and trained in a world full of ideas and opinions. It's no wonder then we form an attachment to certain beliefs and opinions. The Buddhist believe the issue around Ditthunpadana arises only when we become stuck in our beliefs, unwilling to open ourselves to other possible views. It can happen that preconceived ideas and opinions to which we've always clung obstinately come to be destroyed. If we can find ways to amend our views, making them progressively more open or higher, we can grow towards a greater truth.
3. Attachment to rites and rituals (Silabbatupadana) is the clinging to meaningless traditional practices (dogma) that have been thoughtlessly handed down, in which people choose to regard as sacred and will not be changed under any circumstances. People cling to the ways for the reason that they have always been done this way, and do them out of force of habit. The Buddhists believe practices, such as meditation or rituals carried out with little knowledge, rhyme or reason are bound to misguide, misdirect people which perpetuates more grasping and clinging.
4) Attachment to the idea of selfhood (Attavadupadana). The belief in selfhood is something important and yet often lays well concealed. As living creatures our primal instinct is to survive and yet this creates a deep misunderstanding of 'me and mine.' We have an innate instinct to seek food and eat it, an instinct to avoid danger, to procreate, and avoid death. This makes the belief in selfhood universally present in all living things and if it were not so, we would not survive. Yet, it's this search for food and water, the quest for propagation that causes us suffering. Buddha taught that the attachment to the self-idea is the root cause of all suffering.
"Things, if clung to, are suffering, or are a source of suffering." This attachment is the source and basis of life; at the same time it is the source and basis of
suffering in all its forms."Buddha
So, how can we let go? How can we become completely independent of these things, which are transient, unsatisfactory and devoid of selfhood? In Buddhist tradition, the answer is to find what is the cause of our desiring and knowing that cause, then we'll be in a position to eliminate the clinging.
I'd like to go one step further and bring in the idea of acceptance of the awareness. It's one thing to know, and yet another to accept and forgive. Only through forgiveness, love and compassion can we truly let go. Compassion is your greatest ally against your own self- grasping, self-cherishing and the root cause of all our suffering from samsara.
The Buddhist say when meditating on Green Tara, Mother of all Buddhas, the divine feminine energy, and Grandmother of compassion, she will come to your aid in times of struggle, grasping and suffering. When we meditate the mind becomes free from attachment, there is nothing to bind it and make it a slave of the world. There is nothing to keep it spinning on in the cycle of birth and death, the whole process can become world transcending, free from the world. This giving up of unskillful clinging is the key to Buddhist practice. With the cessation of clinging we can reach Nirvana.
enjoy and blessings
This meditation will open your heart to Green Tara love and compassion. She is known as the Grandmother of compassion, the energy of the divine feminine. When meditating allow her compassion to overflow and fill your heart up. Allow the mantra to inspire you to find the love and compassion within yourself. It will enable you to take one more step, even though it may feel like everyone and everything is falling apart.
Right 1st finger - Jupiter = teacher
Right 2nd finger Saturn = physic surgeon
Right thumb = ego
Bring the three of them to together, to touch
Left 4th finger - Sun = personality
Hold three fingers (mudra) at heart centre
OM MA WA MA DE MA HI MO HA
E’ MA HO MA’YE RU PA
YE TA DU DU SO HA
OM - great, all knowing, loving mother Chamma
MA - protection from enemies
WA - protection from curses
MA - protection from infertility
DE - protection from nagas; Hindu methodology – half human / serpent
MA - protection from wrong views;
HI - protection from making harmful errors
MO - protection from death
HA - protection from negative planetary forces
E - of enlightened activity: powerful, peaceful, increasing, wrathful
MA - represents the source of the teachings
HO - 4 doorkeepers of the mandala on each level
MA - her 108 manifestations that inspire certain tantric spiritual teachings
YE - her 360 manifestations that inspire other sutric and tantric teachings;
RU - 5,500 manifestations manifest in: seeing, accumulation, preparation, meditation
PA - Her endless external manifestations
YE - the primordial single root of the countless manifestations
TA - Chamma who is the tamer of the powerful beings and powerful realms
DHU - Chamma of manifestation
DHU - Chamma of the Bodhisattvas of the 10 bhumis
SO - aspect of Chamma beyond: the 3 times, appearance and emptiness, existence or non-existence, eternalism or nihilism
HA - the base of manifestation of all the root sutric deities.