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.