12 comments on “Thought of the day! May 11, 2016

  1. Yes, indeed. A very Buddhist thing I often return to is “abandon hope.” And while I”m a believer in things work out how they are supposed to, I try to abandon hope and expectation which sets us up for suffering and disappointment.

    • That is a very good point. It will work out. It is way of thinking that tips the scale to positivity.
      No need to hope for it to work our, it will work out. Shame we can’t always handle the outcome.

      Thank you so much for sharing your thought. I love it.

      • You’re welcome. 🙂 One more quote from Dalali Lama: “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.”

        • In buddhism it is not the hope but desires and expectations are the root of sadness in the world.

          hope can be many things, it is an abstract concept. Its meaning can be interpreted as expectations or it can be ‘Wanting something to happen’. Now wanting and expecting can be same things but in this context feeling behind ‘wanting’ is different than ‘expecting’. I think you get my meaning. Your point is right but Hope can be positive as well.

          Thanks.

          • While I understand the difference you are trying to make, I have to say that in my perspective hope is an expectation or desire that something happen that may or may not actually happen. And the only way to live is to not expect anything while putting any and all wheels into motion toward the outcome you seek. It’s not that one should not take tangible steps toward goals and achievements, but life will constantly throw roadblocks in the way, and the only way not to be disappointed is to keep your mindset in an non-attached state to the outcome. I find that usually what happens is I end up surpassing anything I may have desired…for instance a race goal. I’ve run a lot of them. I never set a time goal. This releases me to actually excel even farther than I thought possible, but sometimes I don’t perform as I like. And being okay with that is important, too. 🙂 The “abandon hope” concept is one I learned from Buddhist teacher Pema Chödron in her book When Things Fall Apart, an excellent read, I might add. And here is an excerpt:

            “ABANDON HOPE (AND FEAR)
            Hope and fear is a feeling with two sides. As long as there’s one, there’s always the other. This is the root of our pain. In the world of hope and fear, we always have to change the channel, change the temperature, change the music, because something is getting uneasy, something is getting restless, something is beginning to hurt, and we keep looking for alternatives.
            In a nontheistic state of mind, abandoning hope is an affirmation, the beginning of the beginning. You could even put “Abandon hope” on your refrigerator door instead of more conventional aspirations like “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.”

            (From Pema’s book When Things Fall Apart.)

          • Oh, always enjoy intellectual banter. It’s good to see all sides! Even Buddha himself said not to believe everything he said, but to question him, too! 🙂 Namaste.

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