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Q. What is the difference between attachment and enjoyment? If you enjoy doing something, is this likely to be classed as attachment?

Q. What is the difference between attachment and enjoyment? If you enjoy doing something, is this likely to be classed as attachment?

A. You seem to think that people without attachment ought to have no enjoyment in their lives. If we have no joy when we have no attachment, why should we try to remove it from ourselves? The purpose of removing attachment is not to make ourselves emotionless but to make ourselves happy.

To enjoy doing something is one thing and attachment is another. Attachment means to cling to possessing or doing something and then we feel unhappy and even frustrated when it is impossible to possess or do it. This happens since we don’t know that everything is empty. Attachment is not a matter of whether you enjoy doing something or not, but a matter of whether or not you have realised that everything is empty.

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Only when you are aware that both the thing you enjoy doing and you yourself who enjoy doing it are empty can you be free from attachment. That is because then, you don’t cling to enjoying doing it and are not disappointed or frustrated even if you can’t enjoy it. However, not only clinging to enjoying doing something but clinging to rejecting enjoyment is also a kind of attachment when you are not aware that everything is empty.

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