Letting go is one of the four immeasurable minds. Letting
go is the art of making the body and mind peaceful and
happy. Money, beauty, power, position, and full of other
material comforts, if you don't know enough, will be the
cause that binds you into delusion, sin, and suffering.
Indeed, once you have liked material comforts too much,
your aspiration towards goodwill falters, and you no
longer have the strength to look deep inside to transform
greed, anger, and delusion. Knowing enough is the magic
method to help you cure the diseases of greed,
selfishness, and narrowness. Although you have many
blessings, not to enjoy, but only to share or support
people when needed. So the Buddha often taught three
things that should be noted not to be too lacking, but
also not be redundant, that is:
- One is to eat,
- Two is to wear,
- Three is sleeping.
However, if you lack a little of these needs, you gently
and peacefully transform suffering and pain into peace and
It is a miracle that the more you let go, the
more peaceful, light, and peaceful your mind becomes. It
is completely opposite to the habit of greed, and
accumulation, making you often worry, insecure, for fear
of loss, or being robbed by others.
In fact, in this world, there are still many people
hungry for love, lacking in all aspects, you just need to
release a little material or share the spirit, this is an
opportunity for you to live to love with an understanding
heart, make everyone happier.
When you know how to let go, you always open your
heart to help others, make them happy, you know how to
connect with people, make people feel secure, don't worry,
fear, love. love and respect each other.
Many times, you deserve to be at ease, relaxed, but
not willing to inherit alone, but also commit to sharing,
so that everyone can be happy. Thus, you let go of the
roots that are still hidden within, which distort and
destroy your mind
Letting go of material comforts is difficult,
letting go of the mind that contains it is ten thousand
times more difficult. Therefore, those who know how to
cultivate must maintain their stance. It is better to live
a simple life in order to become a Buddha above and below
to save sentient beings. To be able to realize ambitions
and noble dreams, you must know how to let go of the
smallest things. You learn to follow your mind naturally
without judgment, if you're greedy you know greed, just
know it so clearly.
Even though you know for sure that you still
haven't really let go of all the evil minds that harm
people and animals, if you are still determined to persist
and constantly observe it, one day you will completely
master it without waiting time.
Committed to studying to achieve peace, happiness,
enlightenment, and liberation, in order to benefit many
people is a difficult job, requiring you to be persistent
in learning and practicing to be able to afford and
overcome the pitfalls of life.
During the practice to overcome obstacles, like a
rotten log drifting in a river, there is no attachment
here or there. If you want to be free from delusion, wrong
views, and craving, and not be dominated by worldly
people, then a practitioner must use the bow of meditation
and the sword of wisdom to overcome all obstacles and
reach enlightenment and liberation.
Practitioners should let go of their attachment
to material things, while laypeople have the right to get
rich with their hands and brains. You just let go of the
mind of greed, selfishness, narrow-mindedness, delusion,
anger, enmity, hatred, and return to live with an honest
mind, without you and people, gain and loss, then you will
be at peace and happy.
Saint Gandhi describes his life's mission in
just a few words:
- Let go and be happy.
Gandhi's equanimity is a purified state of mind, not a
harsh austerity. And also, in practice, every time you let
go of something that distracts you, you don't necessarily
hate it. Because that action is also an expression of the
desire for liberation that is always present in each
person. You must know how to let go with the same warm
affection as when you give someone a gift. Letting go must
be an act of giving as well as generosity. When you
practice, you let go and rejoice. You let go of all that
is not important, relax into stillness, and from there you
will stay in the present moment.
In fact, if you want to let go, you don't have to do
anything. Holding and carrying require calculation and
strength, but letting go, the less effort is used, the
more effective it is.
I remember the Buddha's teaching,
- O monks, let go of what is unwholesome! Monks, you can
let go of what is unwholesome, if that couldn't be done, I
wouldn't advise you to do anything.
go of unwholesome things would bring you suffering, I would
not advise you to do so. But because that renunciation
brings happiness and many benefits, I tell you to let go of
what is unwholesome.
life with many pressures and collisions, it is often
difficult for you to avoid disagreements, collisions in
work, daily activities, and relationships at home and at
work. When there is an argument, you may lose control and
get angry or talkative, you can win or lose the argument, it
is often not easy to keep the peace...
- As a
result, you can hurt others, or be hurt by others, or get
hurt yourself, feel pain because of the guilt of losing,
the weakness of thinking that you are incompetent, and
bitter because of failure. Even many of you will end up
regretting the victory, for behind the so-called victory
are distances, loss, and brokenness if either party
indulges in a conceited ego, or doesn't know how to
Of course, you all know that the best thing is that you
try your best in your behavior, communication, and
relationships to keep peace in your mind and peace with
others, treat each other with gratitude, integrity,
gentleness, and kind words to each other. This is not easy
to do! So you have to learn to live at peace with yourself
and with others for most of your life, throughout your
At some point in your life, you have probably been hurt
and treated badly by someone, making your heart hurt.
Sometimes this pain is not very heavy, but this pain is
deep and lasts too long. You unintentionally or
intentionally bring the pain back and it's very difficult
to let it go.
This is what causes problems. Not only does that hurt make
you miserable, but it also stresses and destroys
relationships, distracts you from work, leaves you with
family and other important things, makes you reluctant to
open up, receptive to new things and new people. You get
stuck in the cycle of anger, and suffering, and ignore the
beauty of life's miracles. For some people, it will be a
bitter disappointment to let go.
You need to learn to let go, to forgive so that you can
move on and be happy. Forgive not only others but also
yourself. The mind must know how to let go, your life will
be happy, and your life will be peaceful. So, if you want
to give your life meaning and become strong, you need to
learn to let go. Because when you decide to let go, that
moment you are already on the path to happiness. Letting
go is freedom, it is from this point on that there are no
attachments. The heart is no longer heavy, the body and
mind achieve a state of calm and freedom.
The concept of letting go, once someone asked Mr.
Michelangelo how he made an elephant. He replied:
- I took a large rock and chiseled away the parts that
The practice of letting go is similar, you just need to
see what is unnecessary and let go. The art of
concentration is a constant letting go. You let go of what
is not essential or distracts you. But you let go of a
thought, a feeling, not because you are afraid, not
because you reject it, but because it is unnecessary. When
you sit and think and have a thought arise in your mind, a
memory, a project, a comparison, a fantasy you let go of
right away. Likewise, if anger arises, a judgmental
thought, or a plan for the future, simply let it go and
gently return to the object of thought. And that is the
true meaning of renunciation. So, in the end, what do you
need to let go of?
01- Let go of face
Many people find that they themselves have too many
things, all of which are unsatisfactory, but cannot let
go. The face makes them unable to let go, eventually dying
for the face.
02- Let go of the pressure
You have created too much pressure in your life. Those
pressures are caused by unfulfilled desires. The only way
to get over it is to forget the suffering and be happy
with what you have. Happiness is actually very simple, and
the life around you always contains hidden beauty.
03- Let go of failures
A failure is an experience, maybe failures will weigh
heavily on your mind, making you unable to struggle and
lose faith. But if you calm down, you will see that things
are not so bad. So the more you should keep a calm
attitude, take a breath of fresh air, and then think of a
way out. Then you will know, that those failures are the
lessons and experiences for you to avoid. And that's how
you will find success.
03- Let go of the past.
May your past be very beautiful and glorious. You want to
hold on to the past and avoid the present. However, the
present moment is what you really have. To let go of the
past, you have to stop lying to yourself and accept
reality no matter what it is. If you are not satisfied
with the present, take action to change it in the future.
Letting go of the past, your heart can receive new joy,
and can change your mood. Learn to calmly accept the
truth, learn to go with nature, learn to calmly face all
difficulties, learn to look at life with positive eyes,
and learn to look at the good in everything in life.
From the perspective of Buddhism, this life has 8 kinds of
- Birth, old age, sickness, and death are the four
sufferings of the body.
As for the mind:
- Not everything you wish for comes true;
- The person you love has to be separated from time to
- Those you don't like, you have to face all day long,
- Suffering due to emotions, afflictions raging.
Understanding that those things are the nature of life is
normal, you will not torment yourself with regrets and
torment by past pain or mistakes.
To do this, imagine each exhaled breath as pain and past,
you are removing it from your body and soul. And imagine
each in-breath as peace entering and filling you. This way
you will let go of the pain and the past, and peace will
enter your soul immediately. And also remember the words
of the venerable ones:
- Stop thinking about the past, just think about peace and
04- Let go of laziness, inferiority, negativity.
Laziness is a great hindrance to success. So, if you want
to be determined to change your destiny, the best secret
is to bring everything you do, even simple, and normally,
to make it mature. Always remind yourself that you need to
work hard to move forward, you need to be happy, healthy,
and honest, and you will definitely have a brilliant life.
If there is a time when laziness is an obstacle to
success, so is low self-esteem, in Buddhism, there is a
- What the other person can do, I can do too
So, let go of low self-esteem, everyone can become a great
person. Perhaps everyone has a strong inner self.
Therefore, belief in yourself, determine your own
position, then you can find the value of this life.
If you want to become a successful person, the best thing
to do is to try to step up yourself, to be positive to
defeat the negative, noble to defeat narrow-minded,
sincere to defeat falsehood, fortitude to defeat weakness.
As long as you want, you can completely do everything
yourself. No one can influence your results except you. In
your battle, you are the general who guides the way!
05- Let go of resentment
Instead of complaining, just keep trying to forget! Every
failure is a stepping stone to success. Resentment can
only be a hindrance to success. Let go of resentment, calm
your mind, and accept defeat with peace. Resentment cannot
change the situation, but continuing to work can bring
06- Let go of the narrow mind
Tolerance is a good virtue. Tolerance to others, in fact,
is to open your heart to a wide path forward, which is
also to be tolerant of yourself.
07- Let go of doubts and hesitations.
Whenever you have doubts in your heart, everything will be
difficult to do. The ancients used to say:
- If you use people, don't doubt, if you have doubts,
don't use people.
Do not use your skepticism to judge what others think. Do
not baselessly mistrust others, or it will affect the
lasting friendship. Therefore, take action immediately and
your success will be unlimited! Once you know the
situation, you shouldn't be weak and indecisive. When you
see a path clearly, then you should only know to walk
forward, not to look back. Acting immediately is a common
trait of successful people.
08- Let go of illusions
After all, most of your thoughts, actions, and words are
worried about yourself, satisfying your ego only. Greed
wants to take everything that benefits you, anger when
things don't go as you want, jealousy because you feel
inferior to others... Countless troubles and sufferings in
this life are rooted in fantasy thought.
Life will be more peaceful and free if you know less about
clinging to your calculated ego and realize that ego is
the biggest fraud. Others may lie to you for a while, but
your ego will deceive you for a lifetime
Be ready to let go of your need to control everything. You
need to realize that trying to change other people's
behavior only creates anxiety and turmoil in your heart.
Let everyone, everything around you happen naturally. Then
you will feel that your mind is much lighter and more
You cannot control the actions of others, nor should you
try to do so. But you can control not only your actions
but also your thoughts. You can stop reliving the pain or
failure, and choose a good reason to move on. You have
this ability, and you just have to learn how to do it and
you will succeed.
What you need to master, and conquer first, is your
delusional mind, your wandering mind, not your material
possessions or external objects. The world is impermanent
and everyone will eventually die with empty hands. When
your mind keeps daydreaming, getting restless, and even
having everything, you still feel unsatisfied. So it is
better for you to let go of your delusional mind for
happiness to be present. You should know enough and be
grateful for what you have.
09- Let go of criticism
Sometimes you criticize yourself (or others) with the
intention of motivating, inspiring or helping yourself (or
others) to be better. However, this can easily make you a
negative person. Instead of focusing on the wrong things,
focus on the good things that are happening
You usually spend a lot of time and effort trying to help
people understand you and stop criticizing and seeing
things from your point of view. Honestly, this is hard to
do. This way you let them criticize freely, as long as you
understand yourself is enough.
Remember that the more you carry, the more you suffer,
just like in the Tripitaka, there is a story about a rich
man losing his cow, the story goes:
- An owner had a very large cow farm, one day he was
scared to run around because some cows had just been lost.
The old man walked and ran with a depressed expression and
asked the Buddha:
- Hey monks, have you seen my herd of nearly 50 cows
running past here?
The Buddha gently and softly replied:
- - Sir,
we haven't seen a cow run by here since noon. You try to
run over to the other side of the hill and see if they
When the old man heard this, his expression became
sadder, and he stamped his feet in anger and cried out:
- God, my whole career was only so much, now it's all
The old man was running, crying, looking so pitiful. When
the old man was far away, the Buddha turned to his
disciples and said:
- You are very blessed, so you don't have to waste time,
worry about life's gain and loss, success or failure, so
there is no cow to lose.
In the past, the Buddha taught monks to be blessed, but
today you see that you are also very fortunate to live in
an advanced society like the United States. Moreover, you
can learn the teachings of Buddha. So when you become
aware of life and let go of these things, you will feel
more loved and relieved. Remember that the more burdens
you carry, the more cluttered your life will be.
Sometimes, you need to know how to put down and let go to
make life easier.
In short, letting go doesn't mean you erase the past or
forget what happened. It also doesn't mean that the
people, or circumstances, that made you miserable in the
past, that you forget everything, but this is a rational
control and all it means is that you are letting go of
your anger, the bitterness, the pain, and the cows as the
Buddha said in the sutras, in order to have a more
peaceful, happier mind.
you currently have are:
greedy cow, the hoarding cow, the selfish cow, the
narrow-minded cow, the delusional cow, and the emotionless
live with these cows, you will assimilate with greedy,
jealous, and deluded people, even if you have thousands of
dollars, you will never know enough. Even if you have a lot
of money, you still hoard it, trying to get more without
helping anyone, you are like a hungry ghost. So you have to
learn to let go, you should be determined to follow the
Buddha's teachings, rely on the ancestor, and find a way to
bring the greedy, selfish cows... back to their original
place, the cow honest.
When you know each emotion in you like that, then the
worries about the greedy, selfish cow .... no longer
reappear in you. The path of commitment of the sages,
although working and serving, is very peaceful and
relaxed, because they know how to shine back with true
love with an understanding heart.
You all want to live a happier, healthier, and more
meaningful life. When pursuing this, you often think, you
need to do what you like. But besides that, you need to
learn to let go of the things that make you sad and worried,
so that you can have a happy life.
The Buddha taught through the old man's sutta that he lost
his cow, you are more fortunate to live in a favorable
environment where you have nothing to lose but develop and
expand your spiritual fortune. An environment where there
are true masters, good teachers, good friends, and people
who know how to let go of their gains and losses, praise,
criticism, reverence, and benefit. Therefore, you are
peaceful and happy to live in harmony between religion and
Letting go is an art, so choose the path to happiness, and
let humanity and the love of life grow in your heart. It
may take time, but if you stick with this, and keep doing
some of the above until you can have compassion for all
people, all species, then you will see the benefits of