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Detachment - Of Barns and Cows

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One day the Buddha was sitting with a group of monks in
the woods near the city of Sravasti. They had just finished a
mindful lunch and were engaged in a small Dharma discussion. Suddenly a farmer came by. He was visibly upset and shouted,
"Monks! have you seen my cows?" The Buddha said, "No, we
have not seen any cows." "You know, monks," the man said,
"I am the most miserable person on Earth. For some reason,
my twelve cows all ran away this morning. I have only two
acres of sesame seed plants and this year the insects ate
them all. I think I am going to kill myself." The farmer was
really suffering. Out of compassion, the Buddha said, "No,
sir, we have not seen your cows. Maybe you should look
for them elsewhere."When the farmer was gone, the
Buddha turned to his monks, looked at them deeply,
smiled, and said, "Dear friends, do you know that you
are the happiest people on Earth? You don't have
any cows to lose."

So, my friends, if you have cows, look deeply into the
nature of your cows to see whether they have been
bringing you happiness or suffering. You should learn the
art of releasing your cows.

Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-  )
Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and prolific author
From "Essential Writings," Orbis Books, 2004



Alone with yourself,
Never weary.

On the edge of the forest
Live joyfully,
Without desire.

The Buddha


Detachment is often understood as letting
loose of what is attractive. But it sometimes
also requires letting go of what is repulsive.
You can indeed become attached to dark
forces such as resentment and hatred.
As long as you look for retaliation, you
cling to your own past...Don't be afraid
of the One who wants to enter your most
intimate space and invite you to let go of
what you are clinging to so anxiously...
Don't be afraid to offer your hate, bitterness,
disappointment, to the One who is love and
only love...Each time you dare to let go and
surrender one of those many fears, your
hand opens a little and your palms spread
out in a gesture of receiving.

Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)
Dutch priest, author of over 40 books
From "With Open Hands," Ballentine Books, 1972


The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.

23rd Psalm


If you want anything in the physical
universe, you have to relinquish your
attachment to the outcome.
Deepak Chopra (1948-   )
Indian medical doctor and writer

...If we really desire something in this
physical realm, we must let go of the
eventual result or exactly how our
desires manifest in the lives of others.
We cannot control the outcome; we
will get what we want, the Hindu
tradition tells us, but often with
unforeseen results. We must
abandon any attachment to these
results and trust in the process.
Practicing detachment leads us
to happiness and success.

Brother  Wayne Teasdale (1945-  )
Lay monk who combines the traditions of
Christianity and Hinduism in the way of
Christian Sannyasa
From "The Mystic Hours," New World Library, 2004

The best course is to pray: Lord, make me happy
with awareness of Thee. Give me freedom from all
earthly desires, and above all give me Thy joy that
outlasts all the happy and sad experiences of life.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru


Those who want the fewest things are
nearest to the gods.

Socrates (c. 470-399 BC)
Ancient Greek philosopher



And now the Last Word:

Barn's burnt down ----


I can see the moon.

Masahide (17th century)
Samurai and poet, whose house burnt down
in 1688, prompting this haiku poem.
































































Bonus Quote:
No man is an island,
entire of itself....
Any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind;
and therefore never send to know
for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.
"Meditation 17," John Donne





On today's site:


-On the
Edge of the


-I Shall
Not Want

(Chopra & Teasdale)

Yogananda )


And the
Last Word:

Your Barn
Burn Down