Thought of the week
When the teachings say we need to reduce our fascination with the things of this life, it does not mean that we should abandon them completely. It means avoiding the natural tendency to go from elation to depression in reaction to life's ups and downs, jumping for joy when you have some success, or wanting to jump out the window if you do not get what you want. Being less concerned about the affairs of this life means assuming its ups and downs with a broad and stable mind.
FOURTEENTH DALAI LAMA, TENZIN GYATSO (b. 1936)
Oral teachings given in Schneverdingen Germany, 1998. Author's translation.