Just Let Go~ January 7th.

Via on Jan 7, 2011

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“Do Everything with a mind that lets go.

Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.” ~from A Still Forest Pool by Achaan Chah compiled and edited by Jack Kornfield

Here is a video of the Venerable Achaan Chah speaking on the mindful life… Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Just Let Go~ January 7th.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    Should we "let go" before or after we employ "enagaged buddhism"? Should we "let go" before or after we decide on a more moralistic diet? Do we "let go" of all concept? Including this concept of being "mindful"?

  2. Yes, so true, I wish I could let go completely, I wonder how it might feel, so peaceful, thanks for the reminder, will keep it in mind, or in "no mind" today

  3. tamingauthor says:

    Irony accompanies the direction to "let go." Once one starts that process it becomes clear that the task is much grander, much more challenging, than one ever imagined.

    One begins to chart the expanse of attachments and soon realizes "letting go" is not on the immediate horizon in any significant manner.

    Once one discovers the teachings on the twelve nidanas and begins to chart the links back through "time" it becomes clear the path stretches far beyond the banal platitudes of western psychology into some pretty gnarly territory.

    Like, how did one become attached to a meat body and what would it mean to let go… ah, cessation of attachment to the aggregates is a much richer concept than we might have assumed.

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