Buddhist Story About: “Letting Go”

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Once upon a time, two Buddhist monks were on a journey, one of them was a senior monk and the other was a junior monk.

During their journey they approached a raging river and on the river bank stood a young lady.

She was clearly concerned about how she would get to the other side of the river without drowning.

The junior monk walked straight past her without giving it a thought and he crossed the river.

The senior monk, however, picked up the woman and carried her across the river. He placed her down, they parted ways, and on they went with the journey.

As the journey went on, the senior monk could see some concern on the junior monk’s mind, he asked what was wrong.

The junior monk replied, “How could you carry her like that? You know we can’t touch women, it’s against our way of life.” and the senior monk answered:

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“I left the woman at the river’s edge long way back, why are you still carrying her?”

The senior monk had broken rules but for good reason. Once the purpose was fulfilled he put her down and continued on.

He never gave it a further thought but the junior monk, however, he didn’t touch the woman but he had brought up the actions of the senior monk when it was an action of the past.

Therefore the junior monk was carrying the burden of what the senior monk had done has an emotional baggage.


You see in life…

We have little use for past experiences, except for learning whether it is good or bad and just like in this Buddhist monk story, we need to let go of any burden the past has placed on us, it’s happened, it’s over, it cannot be changed we can only move forward and create a more compelling future for ourselves.

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If you hang on to something which happened in the past which gives you suffering, every time you re-live it, you think about it, you will get the same suffering, over and over again which will create a cycle of suffering for yourself.

So stop worrying and let the past go and in that way you can concentrate fully on the future!

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