Lessons from the Buddha: Letting Go

Once there was a man on a long journey who came to a river. He said to himself, “this side of the river is very difficult and dangerous to walk on, and the other side seems easier and safer, but how shall I get across?” So he built a raft out of branches and reeds and safely crossed the river. Then he thought to himself, “this raft has been very useful to me in crossing the river; I will not abandon it to rot on the bank, but will carry it along with me” And thus he voluntarily assumed an unnecessary burden.

Even a good thing, when it becomes an unnecessary burden, should be thrown away’ much more so if it is a bad thing.

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