All that you can do is do your best

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All that you can do is do your best

Postby purple planet » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:36 pm

All that you can do is do your best - you cant control stuff but you should try to do the best you can to improve the situation

I am sure that this is not fully correct so if people here want to add or remove parts from/of this sentence and improve it you are welcome to do so

thoughts - ideas - examples - are welcome

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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:56 pm

Looks good to me.

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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:27 pm

I know that's the best I can do. :anjali:
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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby PimonratC » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:28 pm

Oprah Talks to Thich Nhat Hanh :smile:


Thich Nhat Hanh : Well, happiness and suffering support each other. To be is to inter-be. It's like the left and the right. If the left is not there, the right cannot be there. The same is true with suffering and happiness, good and evil. In every one of us there are good seeds and bad. We have the seed of brotherhood, love, compassion, insight. But we have also the seed of anger, hate, dissent.

Oprah: That's the nature of being human.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Yes. There is the mud, and there is the lotus that grows out of the mud. We need the mud in order to make the lotus.

Oprah: Can't have one without the other.

Thich Nhat Hanh: Yes. You can only recognize your happiness against the background of suffering. If you have not suffered hunger, you do not appreciate having something to eat. If you have not gone through a war, you don't know the value of peace. That is why we should not try to run away from one thing after another thing. Holding our suffering, looking deeply into it, we find a way to happiness.



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Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Oprah-Talks ... z2iy48StPI
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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby chownah » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:14 am

Does this mean that even people doing "bad" things are doing their best since doing one's best is the only possibility? I doubt that this is your meaning unless you are a fatalist.....I am only offering this idea because suggestions concerning the wording were invited.
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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby SarathW » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:17 am

Is it possible to do better than you best?
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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby Sanjay PS » Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:17 am

That is true .

What we can do is exercise a choice , of minimizing our internal reactions (sankharas in pali ) , thereby , helping ourselves and the atmosphere around us .

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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby Doshin » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:42 am

Knowing about dhamma, does not imply knowing dhamma

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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby manas » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:03 am

Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby reflection » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:34 am

For me letting go is the opposite of doing and the opposite of trying. :anjali:

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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby purple planet » Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:44 am


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Re: All that you can do is do your best

Postby Sanjay PS » Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:13 pm

The Path of Dhamma

The path of Dhamma is no picnic . It is a strenuous march steeply up the hill . If all the comrades desert you , Walk alone ! Walk alone ! with all the Thrill !!

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