For most of us, love is accompanied by fear. When we realize we love someone-our partner, our child, a close friend-we immediately become scared of losing them. Because we are afraid, we grasp onto whoever we love with our actions, words, and thoughts. But this kind of love is not about the other person; it's actually about ourselves. To manifest true love and compassion, we have to practice the art of loving without clinging. To do this, we need to see when we are clinging, and we need to experience the freedom of letting go. When we let go of our agenda only love is left, a truly peaceful love that expands our lives in countless directions.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
The Vimalakirti Sutra:
Chapter on the Goddess