Separation and loss

Panka Mishra quotes the words of Buddha to his female disciple Vishakha, who visits him one day with her sari and hair wet from a purification bath. She explains that a beloved granddaughter has just died. Hearing that she wishes for many more sons and grandchildren, the Buddha wonders if she will ever be without wet hair and clothes.  And he says: "Whoever holds a hundred things dear has a hundred causes of suffering ... but whoever holds nothing dear has no suffering ... they are free from sorrow, free from despair." There is nothing quite like this in Judaism or Christianity, and it is bound to strike many western readers as chilling. - Edward Skidelsky, Newstatesman, 1 November 2004, p. 51.