Real freedom

In a Buddhist sense, real freedom is not about having the ability to act on any impulse that comes into our mind. True freedom means not being enslaved by anger, clinging, craving, resentment, spite, and so on. True freedom is being able to direct our mind to any virtuous object without any interference whatsoever from disturbing thoughts and emotions. It is knowing the nature of reality, seeing things as they actually are, which frees us from the misconceptions that torment us. True freedom entails not having a body and mind under the influence of ignorance, afflictions, and karma, but being able to manifest in a form that is of benefit to others – Thubten Chodron

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