Pema Chodron on Tricycle: “Outer Pleasures Can’t Bring Lasting Joy”

“Since impermanence defies our attempts to hold onto anything, outer pleasures can never bring lasting joy. Even when we manage to get short-term gratification, it doesn’t heal our longing for happiness. As my teacher Dzigar Kongtrul once said, ‘Trying to find lasting happiness from relationships or possessions is like drinking salt water to quench your thirst.'”

-Pema Chödrön, “Cutting Ties: The Fruits of Solitude”

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