What Is Renunciation?

Turning Away

In the West, renunciation evokes images of monastic austeries. However, renunciation actually means “turning away from our suffering.” It is not the external reality that we are renouncing, but our inner reality.

Causes of Suffering

The causes of our suffering are to be found not “out there” but “in here.” And, if we want to turn away from the causes of our suffering, the focus of our efforts has to be on our mind.

Enlightenment to Go
David Michie

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