Well, it's important to undersatnd what is meant by "attachment".
As another poster pointed out there are two sides to attachment.
One could be called unhealthy attachment...a connection to objects, people, and things/ideas merely for YOUR gain.
Then there can be a healthy attachment...not just for your gain, but the gain of others also.
An "attachment" to helping others...say training the unemployed to find a meaningful and fulfilling job...is an attachment, but may be thought of as a healthy attachment.
Whereas an attachment to clothes...aways wanting the newest and costliest clothes...would be considered and unhealthy attachment.
So, you see, you have to consider your :attachments carefully...does this attachment benefit only me, therefore it is unhealthy...or does benefit others also...and may be healthy.
But to answer the question of where your attachments come from...and this is just my personal opinion...I believe that attchments come from is called your "Ego Mind".
Your "Ego Mind", is that part of your mind that says "I" and "other". Your Ego mind says "I like", "I want", "I have", and "I need".
It also says "I don't like THEM', "I don't want THAT", and so on.
Your Ego mind defines the object called "I/Me/Myself/Us/Mine" as "good"....and the object called "others/them/not mine" as "bad".
Both this "I/Me/Myself/Us/Mine" is "good" feeling and that "others/them/not mine" is "bad"feeling are really only deluisons/illusions of your Ego mind.
So if you really want to rid yourself of attachments, here's what you do.
When you feel an attachment, stop and consider...what is the source of this desire, this attachment.
You will usually realise that that attachment is an illusion/delusion of your Ego mind.
Then ask yourself, well okay, but is this attachment healthy or unhelathy...does it benefit myself only, but harm others...or does it benefit others also.
When you ralise the source of that attachment and whether it is healthy or unhealthy, you can control all your desires and attachmengts.
Then you've got them beaten...they don't control you, you control them.
But it requires you to train your mind that way...it can be done...but it takes some practice t first.
Shame on you Shakyamuni for setting the precedent of leaving home.
Did you think it was not there--
in your wife's lovely face
in your baby's laughter?
Did you think you had to go elsewhere (simply) to find it?
from - Judyth Collin
The Layman's Lament
From What Book, 1998, p. 52
Edited by Gary Gach