When you realize the true nature of samsara you generate actual renunciation, a real wish to attain Liberation. If you develop perfect renunciation in your mind, by entering the perfect path of Sacred Dharma, you attain the path of accumulation.

Quote from Precious Teachings, by Khenpo Karten Rinpoche, page 45 in print version (51 in PDF version), “Essence of Buddhism as Related to the Four Noble Truths.”

Image: Meditating Monk, Cave of the Seafarers (Cave 212), Kizil, 341-417 AD, wall painting – Ethnological Museum, Berlin