Non-attachment

The only way we can reconcile the Buddhist teaching about non-attachment with the social justice teachings in the Christian tradition is to realize that Buddha’s teaching about non-attachment refers to non-attachment to our ego. We should be attached to our families, our loved ones, and our values. We should work to eliminate injustice, poverty, homelessness, hunger, racism, sexism, homo- and trans-phobia, and all of the other fear based hatreds and discrimination. What we need to let go of is the idea that things will work out according to our plans and time-table. We simply don’t have that kind of power, that kind of control. We need to do the work, and keep doing it even when our progress isn’t the way we think it should be. The path is the goal, after all. The outcome isn’t in our hands.

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