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.)

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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