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“Hit the bell everyday when one is a monk.” Do our utmost no matter the role, position, or status is seizing the moment and protecting our spiritual environment.
A “necessary” person is one who willingly dedicates his all to benefit his family, relatives, friends, even all sentient beings, who becomes a necessity for all sentient beings.
慈悲智慧 Compassion and Wisdom
The sufferings and happiness in life often come from experiences of the heart. A person of great inner-freedom will regard life’s sufferings and happiness as a progress towards the increments of compassion and wisdom.
A mind without any thoughts about gain or loss is a secular person who does nothing or without any concerns. Doing nothing does not mean idleness. It means doing one’s duty without any concerns (for self-interest) or taking care of everything as if one has done nothing.
One who deems the security and happiness of all sentient beings as one’s own (safety and happiness) is naturally a person of peace.
Everyone can help people by sincerely complimenting them, encouraging them, and comforting them. To give encouragement and counseling is helping people.
Flowers turn into fruits is a natural phenomenon. Blooming flowers giving no fruits are also normal. Such is the law of cause and effect (karmic cause and condition).
Cause is the subjective element, condition is the objective element. We can control the subjective element, but the objective element requires management (cultivation).
The acknowledgement of karmic cause and condition can deliver us from the afflictions of worries and miseries.
Although we need not calculate whether a project will be successful or not, nonetheless, every effort and attentiveness are incremental karmic conditions.
Karmic causes and conditions require mind-control. If they have not ripened, we might as well wait. Patience and cultivation help us to seize the moment when they mature.
Knowing fate is different from being a fatalist. A fatalist has a pessimist attitude; totally give in to life without any struggle. Recognizing fate means the acknowledgement that all things arise from their karmic causes and conditions. Whatever should happen will happen, whether good or bad.
If we can recognize fate, we can honestly face life’s vicissitudes.
Under all circumstances, we should be respectful towards people, responsible towards things, and sagacious towards ourselves.
Compassion not only means harming no one but also helping everyone.
We should not harm others or become other’s obstacle, no matter the time or place. This is protecting ourselves and also protecting other people.
To treat people and things, not from the egocentric perspective, but from the objective, even surpassing the objective or subjective perspectives, will make us more compassionate and make less mistakes.
There is no truly bad person in the world, only those who made mistakes; there is no truly despicable person, only those who had wrong perceptions.
Compassion means to treat everyone with equality, without differentiation or polarization, an attitude of non-duality.
Wisdom means to take care of everything with equanimity, to go back to zero, egoless under any circumstances.
If a problem can be solved, that is great! If a problem cannot be resolved or will have repercussions, so long as we have done our utmost, there is no need to be worrisome (bothered by it) or complain about fate and people.
To treat people with compassion means to help them, forgive them, tolerate them, and enchant them (touch their heart). To treat things with wisdom means to face them, accept them, handle them, and release them.
Compassion means to love and protect all sentient beings, friend or foe, with equality. Wisdom means to solve all problems with precision.
Compassion must be accompanied by wisdom. Compassion that lacks wisdom may harm us and others—like the old proverb: “the road to perdition is paved with good intentions.”
Compassion does not mean to be a good buddy to everyone or a “goody two-shoes” but to do beneficial things that help transcend others’ spirituality and mentality (morality).
快樂幸福 Blissful Moments
Some people live their lives ignorantly, some with attachment. Those who live ignorantly muddle through life, even to the point of creating chaos in the world; those with attachment stubbornly cling to everything concerning them and cannot let go.
There are also other types of lifestyles with two different attitudes: secular and non-secular. The secular people participate in life and regard saving the world and helping others as their duty. The non-secular people retreat into mountains, become a hermit, totally ignore worldly affairs, and focus only on their cultivation.
A bodhisattva practitioner will do secular things with a non-secular heart. They enter into society, care about the society, and saving those in misery or disaster; without any attachment to worldly glories or the greedy seeking of fame and riches. Such is a truly liberated person.
Recognizing that nine out ten times life will not go as we wish and expecting the undesirable, we will be at ease.
Affirming that life is not perfect, there will be “violent hurricanes” and “timely rains,” one will not overly expect perfection.
We should often ask ourselves: “am I happy?” “Am I truly happy?” Happiness does not come from the stimulation of material things, but from inner-peace and quietude, the real tranquility, a meditative state.
Without saying harmful words when interacting with people is protecting others and the self as well.
When interacting with people, giving others privacy is giving ourselves privacy as well.
We must maintain a positive and optimistic attitude when doing thing. Only when we are happy can we make others happy.
If people only seek happiness without willingly accepting any responsibilities, such happiness is not long-lasting, and often becomes a mental burden.
When we contribute to others, we are developing our potential and will have a sense of fulfillment. This mixed joy of growth and fulfillment is the happiness of contentment (satisfaction).
To see the world with hatred and disdain (contempt), or to let desires grow like wild fire, is running the opposite direction of happiness.
In order to have tranquility and happiness, give more to a heart of devotion, less to selfishness and personal interest.
Don’t be selfish when making money. Share the information when there is a chance to make money; such wealth is the most reliable fortune.
Make fortune the right way. We should work hard and affiliate with all kinds of people, besides the good fortune we were born with (besides our innate abilities).
There are the wealth of the world, wealth of wisdom, and wealth of merits and virtues. If we can have all three, we will be secure, peaceful, healthy, happy, and content (optimistic and happy).
The wealth of merits and virtues is to do good deeds, to convenience others (make other’s life easy). The wealth of wisdom is to have correct views and understand how to dissolve afflictions.
Although secular wealth is important, only those who use wealth as a tool to do charitable work, to help the needy, can be truly called the rich and noble.
A blissful life requires three Qs: IQ for the ability to learn, EQ to control our emotions, and MQ to elevate our morals, which means to help people, benefit people, and care about people.
The more depressing the external environment, the more we should focus on our mental and physical health. In other words, do more beneficial things for mankind.
A person devoting himself to help others will not worry about his lack of care. Our vows will motivate us to take care of other people. Once we can take care of others, we can take care of ourselves as well.
Our lifespan may be short, but we must avow to have infinite compassion.
Do everything with our complete devotion and utmost efforts. If we accord with the karmic causes and conditions, when the conditions ripen, things will be accomplished.
Anything that is done for the benefit of all sentient beings will be accomplished as we wish.
There are no big or small good deeds. As long as we hold onto a kind thought, our heart will be peaceful.
It is best to make the good wish of benefiting the self and others. At least we should benefit ourselves without harming other people.
There are stages to making vows. Start with small wishes and short-term goals. “Keep a good heart, say good words, and do good deeds” are things everyone can accomplish and a good wish everyone can make.
Saying good words, doing good deeds, and making less wrong deeds can change a person’s destiny and turn around the shared karma of mankind as well.
Our good deeds should be known by people, but we should not seek rewards. We should encourage everyone to do good deeds in order to let good deeds become popular and have long-lasting influences.
[g1]Protection of the Spiritual Environment
[g2]. Treat unusual things as usual. Use one’s usual attitudes to face unusual things,
[g3]The mind’s disturbances are caused mainly by the influence of surrounding environments, circumstances…..
[g4]So long as our pain or joy is caused by other’s comment, which disturbed or influenced our mind,
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