Working with unfulfilled expectations

When things just don’t go the way we want them to

A talk given at the Tai Pei Buddhist Center in Singapore on Nov 20, 2003. (Note: Due to a change of tapes during the recording, parts of the teachings were lost.)

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  • Our expectations are a set-up for disappointment

    • The ways we react when things don’t go the way we want
    • How expectations are a set-up for being disappointed and unhappy
    • How we can enlarge our perspective on the events of our lives

    Me and I 01 (download)

    Discovering the source of lasting happiness

    • How to let go of our self-centeredness and rigid opinions in order to be happy
    • Why we should rejoice in the talents and skills of others
    • How to be thankful for the many opportunities this life provides

    Me and I 02 (download)

    Questions and answers

    • Expectations in the workplace
    • Dealing with a control freak
    • When a teacher acts in ways you don’t understand
    • The difference between expectation and aspiration
    • When others don’t follow our advice
    • Appreciating parents
    • What happens after death
    • Helping those who are suffering

    Me and I 03: Q&A (download)

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