There are three kinds of relinquishment:
When everything inside and outside, bodily and mental, has been
relinquished; when, as in the Void, no attachments are left
(attachment to attraction/ aversion); when all action is dictated purely
by place and circumstance(prevailing conditions);
when subjectivity and objectivity are forgotten
-that is the highest form of relinquishment.
When, on the one hand, the Way is followed by the performance of
virtuous acts; while, on the other, relinquishment of merit
takes place and no hope of reward is entertained
-that is the medium form of relinquishment.
When all sorts of virtuous actions are performed in the hope of reward
by those who, nevertheless, know of the Void by hearing the
Dharma and who are therefore unattached
-that is the lowest form of relinquishment.
The first is like a blazing torch held to the front which makes it impossible to
mistake the path; the second is like a blazing torch held to one side,
so that it is sometimes light and sometimes dark; the third
is like a blazing torch held behind, so that pitfalls in front
are not seen.
~ Huang Po