Astus wrote:The problem doesn't lie in the things you have but your relationship with them.
Astus wrote:And as I've heard UK is not the best place for spending your life in the shade of a tree.
KwanSeum wrote:So I should keep my car and Tag Heuer watch because otherwise I'd have to live in a field?
LastLegend wrote:Astus is right. If we are deluded, everything can be really bad. If we are not deluded, bad and good can not really bother us.
Astus wrote:LastLegend wrote:Astus is right. If we are deluded, everything can be really bad. If we are not deluded, bad and good can not really bother us.
I'd rather say that we should be clear about causes and results while also aware of our mental state.
KwanSeum wrote:I have now given away most of my stuff. I gave my jewelery to my wife (with the instructions to sell it and buy a new guitar) and CDs and other stuff went to neighbors and charity.
I am still left with a bass guitar and functional things like a car and cloths (walking to work naked wouldn't have been appreciated).
It's funny because not a single person said thank you for the stuff I gave them.
Dechen Norbu wrote:You may be giving all your things away friend, but seems you're still holding to your expectations about how others should behave. It seems to me that these should be the first to go and then you could give your stuff away.
Dechen Norbu wrote:It also means not going around announcing such actions in a public forum.
Dechen Norbu wrote:Then what we do with the stuff we have is of less importance. We can keep them or give them, since they don't hold us back any longer and I'm pretty sure we would do it without commenting the reactions of those who received our stuff.
Dechen Norbu wrote:You are not a monk?
Dechen Norbu wrote:How is your wife reacting to this?
Why would you feel disturbed about me giving my things away? I have no use of them. I had no expectations about how others should behave. Furthermore I've given to charity shops before and know it's a very matter of fact business. It's just worth nothing that one can spend a lifetime collecting things and no-one actually cares about the things one accumulates.
Does it? Really? I had assumed this was a forum where Buddhists resided and it was possible that others would feel an affinity for the Buddha-dharma and stories and actions such as Layman Pang and others, such as Buddha, who had given up attachment to material things. Perhaps I am wrong.
Are you talking as someone who has become enlightened? Are you saying that I should keep all my useless belongings?
And you know this because?
Do you imagine creating shelf space by giving away CDS and stuff is going to be a marriage breaker? Do you imagine my wife is offended by her getting several hundreds of pounds of gold?
catmoon wrote:Careful there, Kwanseum. This world is quite fond of nailing renunciates to crosses and such.
KwanSeum wrote:catmoon wrote:Careful there, Kwanseum. This world is quite fond of nailing renunciates to crosses and such.
LOL - a nenunciate! Hardly, I only gave away a few things I didn't need.
I hardly think it's going to undermine the fabric of society.
catmoon wrote:You don't think so? You need to do some hard thinking there buddy.
Suppose everyone started doing as you have done. Suddenly we would be awash in stuff that nobody particularly wanted. Nothing would have any monetary value. It would become impossible to make PROFITS fer heaven's sake. The advertising industry would crash overnight, and the streets would be filled with unemployed, homeless advertising execs looking for revenge. And they would be looking particularly for the guy who started it all.
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