Wisdom for 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.
Parents are the role models of their children, and their lifestyles greatly influence the character development of the children. Hence, they must set good examples for their kids during the latter’s growing up years.
The ultimate goal of learning Buddhism is to awaken to and see our true, innate nature. Our “mind” and our “innate nature” are, in fact, the same thing. The Buddha has also taught us that the Mind, Buddha, and sentient beings are in essence the same.
Although we are doing good deeds, what is even more important is to cultivate our mind. We must learn to give without expecting anything in return, while at the same time, be grateful to those we help.
In learning Buddhism, we must return to our true self and understand our innate nature. To do that, we must safeguard our thoughts at every present moment and not let them go astray.
We must take care of our hearts and minds first. Then we can translate this inner purity into actions to protect and care for our environment.
In order to succeed, we must concentrate on whatever task we are doing at the moment. We should not have any second thoughts during the process. Only then can we progress and improve.
The way to learn Buddhism is simply to start from what is closest and nearest to us. We must never seek what is beyond our abilities and neglect what is closest to us……
Life is never a bed of roses. But if we can accept our lot and be content with life, and understand that it is fate that decides whether we are born rich or poor, we will be able to face any hardship in life with a calm mind.
Many people are conceited and think very highly of themselves. They often look down on others because of their superiority complex.
The greatest suffering in life is no other than having a discontented heart, and our discontentment usually arises out of comparing ourselves with others. But there will never be true satisfaction if we keep comparing ourselves with each other.
Love can change our lives, and it is also that which brings true happiness in life. If we can all inspire the goodness within ourselves and serve with a sincere, loving heart, there will be nothing too difficult for us.
Where does anger come from? Anger arises from greed, hatred, and ignorance. People cannot eradicate these three mental poisons in daily life. This is the problem with the human mind.
One of the “Twenty Difficulties in Spiritual Cultivation” expounded by the Buddha is: “It is difficult for people to avoid gossiping”. Whether we can overcome this difficulty depends on how mindful we are……