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Four Ways of Letting Go

May 28th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Filed under: Modern Life · Practice

In a difficult world there is no point making our journey heavier than it has to be. We hold onto things that weigh us down, and we do this needlessly.

So we know that letting go is the answer to everything, but this is not always easy. As with everything, we need tools to practice with. The Buddha taught four ways to let go, and Ajahn Brahm presents this teaching in a wonderfully engaging manner.

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to benefit from this teaching, everyone can understand it and put it into practice. As with so many things, of course, to be a practitioner of the Buddhist meditation technique will make it much easier to do.

and thanks to Colin in Singapore who posted this video. The feed from his site is in the sidebar to the right, Awakening the Buddha in Us. I don’t know him but I’ve long enjoyed what he posts to his site.

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ray // Feb 4, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    It is very inspiring after listening to Ajahn Brahm’s video talks,
    Myself,I do respect All religions as long it promotes Kindness and Peace
    However, there’s these beliefs in Buddhism that there’s the cycle of reincarnation from humans to insects,animals ..living things.. that ones has to goes through .. That I find amusing which ,sorry to comment, it is really hard to believes
    Ajahn Brahm’s ways of interpretation of Buddhism especially to the English educated is a open paths for a clearer understanding of the religions of Buddhism
    Thank you Ajahn Brahm

  • 2 Kevin Patterson // Jul 19, 2014 at 9:10 am

    In response to your sorrow regarding hard to believe we are reincarnated. If we look logically at the chemical nature of our being and the chemical nature of the universe as we know it, we may be able to better understand the aspect of reincarnation. Reincarnation also means being reborn. Unfortunately people often times mistake being reborn as being reborn in our self centered human form or into aliving creature. Reborn certainly involves the breakdown of our chemical nature into it’s component chemical parts and also it’s transformation via parasites. Because of the nature of our awareness of time and our self centered nature we fail to recognize the eternity of time and the infinite universe, as well as just how insignificant we really are. Reincarnation occurs as soon as we die into our chemical nature..as we mutate with time we may become part of a star billions of years from now….in some vast galaxy,,,photons,,,in another time,,,,h2o in another world,,,,,chemicals turning to carbon in another time,,,all of which function and have there own atomic life….it’s an illusion to think we may be reborn immediately after death into a human form or for that matter any form that resembles a living creature….maybe we will,,,maybe in a billion years (which is nothing if we have died)….I hope this helps,,,,and if we happen to reborn on this insignificant planet into something that creates the cells of a thinking creature so be it.

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