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You can’t let your contentment make you lazy, or your desire to be unfettered make you irresponsible.

“Another story deals with Ajaan Chah going around the monastery after a storm, discovering that one of the huts had half its roof blown off by the wind. He asked the monk living in the hut, “Why aren’t you fixing the roof?” The monk replied, “I’m practicing equanimity, learning how to sleep in the half of the hut that’s still sheltered.” Ajaan Chah said, “That’s the equanimity of a water buffalo. Fix the roof.” So when you’re looking at the practice, you have to look at many sides. In Ajaan Chah’s case, he was pointing out the need to care for the things that you’ve been given. People have been generous enough to provide food, clothing, and shelter for you. You’ve got to look after these things. You have to be responsible. You can’t let your contentment make you lazy, or your desire to be unfettered make you irresponsible. Taking good care of things is part of being unburdensome.”

~ Thanissaro Bhikkhu
“Multi-Dimensional Dhamma”

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