Living a Cling-Free Life

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Recently, I discovered a parable shared by Thich Nhat Hanh in his book How To Relax. It goes something like this: 

“The Buddha was having a silent lunch with his monks in the woods.  A farmer came hurrying by and asked if they had seen his cows, which had left him that morning. It appeared the farmer was suffering greatly. The Buddha, upon seeing how distraught the farmer was, compassionately told the farmer they had not seen his cows.  Once the farmer left, the Buddha turned to his monks and said, “Dear monks, you are very lucky.  You don’t have any cows to lose.”

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