Letting Go


At Chung Tai, the Master always teaches the disciples the primary importance of letting go of attachments.  This is especially applicable in the architectural office, since architects and designers usually want to establish their own styles and approaches.

In every project, the monks in charge would create a variety of designs and ask for the Master’s opinion. Invariably, the designers would put the designs they deem to be unsatisfactory at the bottom. Ironically, the Master almost always picked one of the less favored designs, which turned out to bring surprisingly wonderful results.

However, when the designers were no longer attached to their own views, the Master would say, “Good! This is a nice way to do it! Let’s follow this idea.”