What is letting go? Letting go is to stop thinking, don’t think about it. You say that, even if you don’t think about it, the matter still remains. Let me ask you, if you think about it, does the matter still remain? Yes, it does. Can you resolve it? No, you can’t. You can’t resolve it, so stop thinking about it for now. Can you do it? Yes, you can. You can do some chanting first and think about it later. You never know, the matter may be resolved by then. So why not let it go? At least during the time when you weren’t thinking about it, you have let it go, you are liberated. After I have explained it this way you all can understand better. In fact, Buddha-Dharma helps us solve life’s complex problems and difficulties. Many don’t understand! So, what is the real essence of the Dharma? It enables you to avoid being entangled by your inner vexations. To avoid being controlled by your desires; and to avoid being swayed by your distracting thoughts. Hence, letting go is about cultivating the mind.
If you can liberate your mind, this is wisdom. Those who have wisdom are able to think things through. Without wisdom, how could they straighten things out? Right? Many people say; “Alas! The queue is so long! How terrible! Alas! I have to queue up for so long just to buy one thing! Alas! It’s such a hassle. I’m fed up!” But some others will think differently when looking at the long queue, “everyone is in the same boat as me. Everyone is queuing up and waiting. If others can queue up to wait. Why can’t I do the same?”. Once they think it through, they will be able to let go and no longer be bothered. This is letting go.
Cultivate to the end and you will master your afflictions control your afflictions. When faced with worries, some may say, “I’m troubled and unhappy. Forget about it, I can work it out”.
You are caught in a traffic jam today, you are already late, you are anxious. In such a traffic jam, how will you get to work? Many people that are anxious, they want to rush. They are agitated; they have no wisdom. Those with wisdom would immediately send a text message, “I’m so sorry, I’m caught in a massive traffic jam. I’m stuck on the road right now. Please tell the manager for me”. That’s it, then he wouldn’t be anxious sitting in the car. He used his wisdom to solve his problem. However, many people would still be fretting, they want to rush there within a few minutes. Despite the fact that they know there are only 5 minutes left before they are running late, they will still bust a gut rushing. When they finally rushed into the office, everyone in the office, all the colleagues, can see you rushing in. They know you are late for work, whereas the person who sent the text, walks in nonchalantly half an hour later. Everyone assumes that this person is just returning from a meeting. This is wisdom. This is why people should learn to let go.
Those who are able to eliminate their negative karma have supranormal powers. If you are able to resolve difficulties, you can be said to possess supernatural abilities. Why don’t you have them? Why can’t you see through things? That’s why you have worries. Why are other people able to straighten things out? Why are they able to solve their problems? They have supranormal powers. The term supranormal powers (Shen Tong in Chinese), consists of Shen ‘energy’ and Tong ‘thinking it through’. To have energy and see a way through. Isn’t this a supranormal power?
I hope you all learn Buddhism well and can be liberated from your karma. Whether you are liberated from afflictions, or liberated from ignorance, this is liberation. The term liberation (Jie Tuo in Chinese), consists of Jie ‘letting go’ and Tuo ‘breaking away’ If you break away from troubles don’t you have wisdom? If you break away from your negative karma, don’t you have merit and virtue? If you break away from ignorance don’t you have the ultimate ‘Prajna’ wisdom? Of course, you do, only this way can you cultivate with the right faith and intention. If you practise Buddhism with the right faith and intention then at a certain point of time, won’t you attain the perfect enlightenment? Once you attain perfect enlightenment, you are a Bodhisattva. By cultivating with the right faith, you attain perfect enlightenment. Then as you continue your cultivation with diligence, eventually you attain unexcelled complete enlightenment. You attain Buddhahood.
Cultivating the mind is actually very difficult, but it can be simple too. In fact, it involves cultivating the Four Boundless States. By cultivating the Four Boundless States, you control yourself. You need to nurture loving-kindness, right? You need to have compassion towards sentient beings. You need to be generous, charitable. Like a philanthropist, being compassionate towards sentient beings. You need to have empathetic joy, always wearing a smile towards everyone. You perform your task happily. Equanimity is about the act of giving which includes the giving of wealth, the Dharma and fearlessness. As long as you can help someone today you will help them. Aren’t you then performing the actions of a Bodhisattva? Aren’t you then performing the Four Boundless States? Hence, many people say, “I can’t become a Bodhisattva or Buddha, because I’m too selfish”. No. It’s not that you are selfish, but you do not have the courage to elevate yourself and conquer your inner desires. If you can conquer your inner desires, you will possess the Four Boundless States.