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Wisdom and Compassion 悲智雙修

Wisdom and Compassion 悲智雙修

The ultimate goal of practicing Buddhism is to develop superior wisdom and universal compassion, wisdom and compassion are like two wins of the bird, and they must be balanced. Wisdom without compassion can become very powerful and dangerous, compassion without wisdom can become a nice little fool, therefore we need to develop both.

Wisdom is developed through mind training. our mind is like wild horse, moving very rapidly and goes everywhere nonstop, our mind is also fragmentary, leaving little time of calmness, with this unstable state of mind, often we make mistakes in life, over and over, by misjudging things and make decisions base on those false information.

There are various steps to training the mind, we can first begin simplify our life by eliminate unnecessary things, material objects and spiritual clutters. This is making room for you space internally and externally. if your house is cluttered, you live in it, will subconsciously burdened the spirit, less is better, openness environment helps open up your heart, and make you happier. And by reducing you unnecessary activities, frees up your time and energy , this helps your ability to relax the mind and body. Following precepts is most important practice, it keeps your consciousness clear. (please refer to previous postings on precepts)

Daily placement meditation is highly recommended, find a quite place, sit for a while (the longer the better), clear your mind, and being aware of your surroundings and your mind’s activities, with this practice, extend this awareness throughout your daily life, in a here-and-now, moment-to-moment state mindset. Wisdom will arise when your mind is in a calm abiding state at all time, it becomes clear seeing of all things in the true sense.

To develop universal compassion, we must first be kind to ourselves, forgive ourselves of our own faults, make sincere repentances and vow not to commit those same mistakes again. we develop our own self respect with honesty, integrity, and sound ethics, treat all beings like we wish to be treated, people will love us. We must love ourselves first, so we will be able to love others. If this is hard, we can start with our family, friends, and our circle first, then extend this ability to a wider association, it will get easier with practice.

I know it’s difficult when others are not in the same path as we are, negativity situation occurs, let go of jealousy, envy, fame, name, praise and blame, there are all in the contaminations of the mind, simply be you as you are.

Remember every sentient being seeks happiness as we are, each have their point of view, it can be perfectly wrong, yet it is their view as if it is perfectly right, what do we do then? let go of it! You do need wisdom to protect yourself from any type of harm, you can get away from it or be detached. Love them as they are perfectly imperfect, just as we are.

In a group setting, do not “overly opinionated” , be inclusive and kind to the weak and individuals with lower capacity, we have the capacity to do so while most others don’t. And there is no need to be “I am right, you are wrong” attitude too strongly. all thing has its own course, the law of nature always take care itself, with or without you and me.

The most famous and powerful people in the history, no trace of it today. We actually, do not really own anything forever, when we are gone from this earth, everything we left behind will change hands, some others will use what used to be ours. So, it is wise to obtain what we need, and enjoy it while we can, not trying too hard to accumulate huge amount of stuff (material objects or money) that we don’t really need, which spare us spiritually and physically hardships.

Truly take good care of ourselves, no one else can do it for us, don’t forget to enjoy life each moment and each day, because that’s all we have, this is truly living a life.

Everything is perfect as Is 一切恰好

   Everything is perfect as Is

Upon Buddha’s Enlightenment, he says….”.How wonderful! how wonderful! everything is perfect as is!”

If we had heard that statement today, we probably wondering …what’s so wonderful about? my life is a mess! my job sucks! I am having so much stress etc. But if you carefully think about it, it is true about his realization.

For example; if we try to talk to a three year old child on an adult level, he would not be able to understand, if we planted water melon, we could not expect it to produce bananas. Everything has its source, every person has their level of capacity, each achieve exactly as their ability to perform. Therefore, everything is perfectly as they are.

With this understanding, we will be able to rationalize that all things in nature, the people, the earth, the animals, the wars on earth, weather etc. back to the source, the “cause and effect”, “because this, so the result is that”, this is the law if nature, and it never change.

I like the “Serenity Prayer; ” God grand me the courage to change things that I can, accept the things that I can’t, and have the wisdom to know the difference”. if we always being alert, and aware   and mindful of all things, and identifying whether it is acceptable? or is it possible to change within our own ability? and make decision base on the careful anylization, we should be able to make pretty sound decisions for ourselves.

In our life, it is good idea to be an observer of the world, and not emotionally of it. They said that the world is a stage, each of us must play a part of it. So it is a “Play”, don’t get overly attached to it. Because everything has its own course, if you play against its natural course, it can bring suffering, it’s like surfing, you want to ride the waves instead of against it.

Many times I see family fighting over estate fortunes before the owner even deceased, and when the owner of estate dies, the children really fight, until no one speak to each other in the family. How unfortunate? If you ever in a similar situation, within the family , work place, or in an organization, always remember to ask yourself this question; “is it worth it? are you overly attached? with money or position etc. Any strong attachment will surely being spiritual suffering.

Often wining equals losing, it’s hard to believe this concept, but it’s true, especially with marriage relationships.

Old monk always said; let go the best to others, let others enjoy all glorious, let others be the winners, accept all blame and defeat.

Well! this was very difficult for me to accept at the beginning. later I begin to practice and observe the outcomes, guess what? it’s true, by and being courtliness, humble, everybody likes you and respect you, you gain more friends, and get more accomplishment.

Often, those being praised became corrupted, the winners didn’t win that much anyway, and eventually lost to the bottom.

Remember! all things subject to constant change, life is really here and now, being mindful of moment-to-moment activities, events, and all things as reality, without the mind of attachment, and truly experience it, this is true living.