Wisdom for Life
If a person is untrustworthy, it would be difficult for others to take his words to heart no matter how good they sound…… So how do we make others trust us? We can do that by humbling our ego and broadening our heart.
Cultivating our mind and character is just like opening up a field of goodness. It takes initial hard work to clear the weeds and rocks in the field, which means we must first clear the field of our mind of unwholesome thoughts.
If we can constantly develop a forgiving heart, we will be happy, joyful and blessed at all times. But if we keep hoping for others to give to us, we will definitely suffer very painfully…
Most illnesses of the mind are caused by people’s desires and expectations from outside. They are easily tempted and are thus unable to keep to their boundaries and be proper in their behaviour, causing them to be prone to such illnesses.
We must remember to constantly reflect on ourselves to examine whether our sense of pride is too strong or if we have a sense of “base pride”?
Most people love themselves excessively. This inevitably causes one to develop a self-protective nature, which makes one fearful of being harmed by others. Hence, people would attack others out of the excessive love they have for themselves.
We must dissolve all of yesterday’s issues today and totally erase from our minds, the gossip that we have just heard. At all times, we must harbour such a heart and not let the affliction of anger take root in the field of our hearts.
The meaning and value of life is not measured by its length, but by how much one has contributed to the world. As long as a person fulfills his duties as a human being and finds joy at work, he is living the most grounded, practical, and happy life!
The destiny and the appearance of a person are inter-connected, and one’s appearance will change according to one’s karma, therefore……
What do “I” own in this world? And is there anything that belongs to “me” forever? When a person comes to the end of his life, nobody can “retain” his body for him. It will also be shocking to see how the people and things that he so dearly loves...
As the ancient saying goes, “Human nature is originally kind and good”. Every person is inherently kind and compassionate. We should all return to our pure and kind innate nature.
Wherein lies the value of life? Is it only about the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the place we stay? Should we just be thinking about fulfilling our wants and desires all the time?
The greatest suffering in life is to take things too hard and torment ourselves mentally. We must be able to rise above suffering and find joy in life.
We will only be able to face everything with equanimity after we have stopped differentiating ourselves from others. Only then will we have inner peace and ease.
Conflicts, disputes, and gossips among people are like the junk files in a computer; we should delete them quickly. Otherwise, we may start “marking” others and remember the wrongs they had done to us.
Where there is birth, there is death, because birth is the beginning of death. On the other hand, death also signals the beginning of a new life.
We all have the Buddha nature within us. The most efficacious Buddha dwells in our heart, and the most powerful Bodhisattvas are our hands and feet.
When we have less desire for material gratification, we will naturally be able to grow in wisdom while living a simple and peaceful life. Then, we will not have mental afflictions due to gains or losses.