Related to yesterday’s post, our friend Bill sent a quote by Ajahn Chah:
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice.
Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing.
I’m struck by a boundless notion of non-clinging, much larger than anything I’d hitherto envisioned. Till now I’d thought that ‘letting go of’ pertained to things negative. Something like if I could stop self-loathing the world would be a better place with me a happy camper in it? Well yes …. but Ajahn Chah points way beyond that familiar scenario. He’s telling us that hoping for happiness and love and acceptance is simply one more trap.
‘Suffering’ as I understand it arises whenever I get frustrated with the cards I’m dealt with. Grasp at nothing, resist nothing. That’s how you’ll be free from suffering. Let go of wishing to be loved, hoping to be healthy, or counting on prosperity. You might also be able to let go of the fear of death.