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Mastering Philosophy of Life

We often hear and speak of life philosophies and reasoning, but how many people can really appreciate and understand the gist of the teaching? And what constitutes true realization of it?


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A person of great virtue once said, “In learning the way of Buddhism, the difficulty lies in enlightenment”. This means that in order to experience and master the essence of the Way, there is indeed no easy way out.

Confucius had spent a lifetime conscientiously studying the principles, cosmology and meaning of life. Despite his lifelong effort in learning, it was still a challenge to achieve profound understanding and appreciate the essence of the social philosophies. Hence a saying from Confucius that goes,” 朝闻道,夕死可矣!” Meaning, “If I were to gain knowledge & realization of the truth at daybreak, and be able to become one with the truth, then I would be able to die at sunset with no regrets.”

We often hear and speak of life philosophies and reasoning, but how many people can really appreciate and understand the gist of the teaching? And what makes the true realization of it?

To gain a virtue and earnestly keep it in mind, to be able to practice it faithfully day and night to a point where it is reflected in our daily speech and action, that will be the real mastery of life philosophy.

I founded Tzu Chi Foundation, practise Dharma and spend my whole life following no other than Buddha’s teachings. My sole belief in “For Buddhism, For all living beings” reflects my realization of the true Way. And hence I dedicate my whole life to the conviction of “For Buddhism, For all living beings”.

Therefore, as long as we hold on to the virtuous principles in our minds, we can eventually become enlightened.

 

Translated by Kerri Loh