Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
Welcome home! Please contact lincoln@newbuddhist.com if you have any difficulty logging in or using the site. New registrations must be manually approved which may take up to 48 hours. Can't log in? Try clearing your browser's cookies.

On letting go

JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

"Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you a 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 have complete peace." Ajahn Chah

What does this mean to you?

For me... Know all thoughts and feelings that arise as impermanent and not self. Because they're impermanent and not self, they're not worth clinging to. When selfish desire arises, watch it fall away, knowing it too is impermanent and not self. When craving arises, know it as impermanent and not self and let it fall away.

Comments

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator

    It's not just about thoughts; it's about every perceived compounded thing.

    JaySon
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    Much of letting go involves relaxation, but it is knowing what and where to relax that is the difficult thing. Finding the things one is clinging to is often not easy, as the effects of clinging often only manifest as fear and anxiety in the moment.

    JaySonlobster
  • JewelJewel North Carolina, USA New

    Letting go of all things leaves behind only zazen. And zazen is the only thing that matters. Its life and existence. As you move through your day and different thoughts That's how I live, letting go of the thoughts and feelings that come into my mind, letting go of problems, just trying to let it all go.and feelings come, let them also leave of their own accord.

  • DavidDavid some guy Veteran

    It makes me think that to let go is actually to accept. Though it says not to accept blame or praise, to be averse to others blaming or praising us would amount to the same. To let go is to let be.

    "Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace. Including the acceptance that you cannot accept, that you are in resistance."

    -- Eckhart Tolle

    I know he isn't Buddhist but he's pretty good.

    ShoshinlobsterKerome
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited February 2

    On letting go
    What does this mean to you?

    I'm under the impression that it has a lot to do with the comings and goings through the six sense doors...

    In the chapter of Dhammanusati, Contemplation of dhamma, the Buddha said, "Whatever you see you must be mindful of as it really is. Whatever you hear you must be aware of as it occurs. Whatever you smell you must be aware of as it really occurs. Whatever you taste you must be aware of as it really occurs. Whatever you touch you must be aware of as it really occurs. Whatever you think or think about you must be aware of as it really occurs." The Buddha teaches us to be aware of all six sense bases and all six objects and the six final kinds of consciousness

    The charming nature of thought will often be present when contact is made through these sense doors...(their charming nature use to get me every time hook,line & sinker :) )

    I guess if one has an experiential understanding that thought itself is the thinker & feeling itself is the feeler then letting go is just having awareness of this.... (awareness being the grease which allows the axle to turn freely...so to speak)

    "Transient alas; are all component things
    Subject are they to birth and then decay
    Having gained birth; to death the life flux swings
    Bliss truly dawns when unrest dies away

    "Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya" (Nothing whatsoever should be clung to)

  • @JaySon said:
    "Do everything with a mind that lets go. Don’t accept praise or gain or anything else. If you let go a little you a 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 have complete peace." Ajahn Chah

    Here is one we let go ...
    http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/21755/why-do-you-think-letting-go-is-so-difficult/p1

    meanwhile ...

Sign In or Register to comment.