Non-resistance as Enlightenment

“The saying ‘gaining is delusion, losing is enlightenment’ has very practical value. In our ordinary human life, we are always trying to fulfill our desires. We’re satisfied only when all our desires are met. In Buddhism, though, it’s just the opposite: it is important for us to leave our desires alone, without trying to fulfill them. If we push this one step further—gaining is delusion, losing is enlightenment [italics in original]—we’re talking about active participation in loss.” Page 153 of Kosho Uchiyama’s Opening the Hand of Thought

I think some of this means to not resist. It’s kind of like the bible saying, “If someone asks for your shirt, give him your cloak, too.”

Non-resistance is tough when life sucks. Those $400 repairs to my transmission will really be $700. The $400 quote was for parts. Which they don’t have yet.

What if your only desire is to not be broke?

Right now, my only desire is to cry.


About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

One response to “Non-resistance as Enlightenment”

  1. khalkinised says :

    Nice post. Sorry to hear about your difficulties. I think there are two schools of thought in the reaching of enlightenment. One states suffering is required for spiritual growth. This is the one you have stated. The other promotes excess. Otherwise what are you really giving up? Both paths require us to let go of the material. I can offer encouragement in the fact that you can eventually win through suffering and submissiveness. Truly submitting will allow your aura to grow until it is visible to all without any words or gestures. Then your troubles will be small and insignificant

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