Focused and Fearless: abandon what is not yours


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Aflutter Along the Iguazu
Photograph by Daniel Pinheiro

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Some people fear that letting go could diminish the quality of their lives, health, abilities, achievements, or personal property.
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To this, the Buddha said, “Whatever is not yours, abandon it; when you have abandoned it, that will lead to your welfare and happiness for a long time.”
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This invites a profound reflection on what one can authentically claim as one’s own.
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As we discern the impermanent, conditioned character of all material and mental processes, we eliminate perceptions, sensory experience, and material things as fields for possession.
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On the surface it seems like we are asked to give up everything, but simultaneously comes the realization that there is actually nothing possessed and consequently nothing that can actually be given up.
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The great abandonment is to let go of the concept of ownership.
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Letting go in meditation is the relinquishment that involves no loss.
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Recognizing impermanence leads to the realization of the pure and ungraspable nature of things.
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Knowing this basic fact of things, one has nothing to fear.
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Your posts are wonderful and speak of a deep wisdom and understanding of life. 🙏🏻

  2. Thank you for your gratitude

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