Identifying the Source and the Phenomena 認清本體與外境
As I was watching TV, a program showing a teenager committed suicide because some bullies told her that she was ugly. And this type of tragedy happened too often in the world, how unfortunate!
Due to Karma dictation on our rebirth, we are so fortunate to obtain a precious human body, and a powerful mind, we are granted with all the opportunity to attain happiness and joy, but why so many people living a life of misery? It is because we are confuse with our true identity, we mistaking who we are, our minds are deluded, contaminated, and fill with illusion, most time we are lost between true self and external phenomena.
One example would be; you are the subject on earth, everything you can see, everything you get in contact, and everything or everyone related to you is the object. It’s … you are here, and they are out there. You are in total control of your own actions and consequences (cause and effect), this is law of nature. When you are confused about who the subject is, and who or whatever is the object, you don’t know where is your place / position.
Another example; If you are the host, and your guest telling you that you should place your furniture in some different ways, and you feel that you have to follow their wishes, not only they are confused with who is the host, you are also confused enough to listen to them, you should remember you are the host, you are staying in your own home, they are the guests, and they will soon be leaving. The host don’t change, but the guest will, this apply to everything.
Our true self is the unchanging host, all phenomena are our guests, the host entertains the guests, but we don’t go with them when they leave.
The true self never change, everything else change constantly, moment-to-moment changing, including our body and mind. Behold our true self is behold our spirit, let not our body and mind drift away from our spirit; this is how we take control of our own life.
Buddhist practice is to train our mind, develop great wisdom and compassion; mind is stable to the point immoveable. No matter what phenomena are out there, around us, upon us, our mind is not being disturbed.
I remembered I was watching TV after 911 attacks, there was a dog leading a blind man down the stairway, there were all kinds of commotion and confusion around them, but the dog appeared very calm and focused on his leading the man down the stairway, like there nothing happened, totally undisturbed. I was really impressed and thought to myself, I sure would like to know how they trained the service dog to have achieved such state of calmness.
The fact is that if they can train a dog to develop such superior calmness, certainly, we the humans can do it too. It is most important for us to develop calm abiding mind, this takes genuine effort and practice, which begin with true understanding of the Dharma (the Truth/Buddha’s Teachings).
So, it’s back to square one, first, we need have clear understanding of the “Four Noble Truths”, and follow the Path, by simplify our life, let go of the following; not anger, no jealousy, hatred, nor greed, not for fame and name, do not blame and shame others.
If we are going put honey in a jar, we need to first empty out any dirt in it, clean the jar out, then we can put the honey in it, same thing, if we are serious about transforming our mind to a pure state, we must purify our mind first, then we will be ready for pure information, which will to lead us to transform our mind.
Most importantly, always practice mindfulness, be calm, don’t be disturbed emotionally by your surroundings, always in control of your own self, don’t let your spirit leave your body…always as “One”. This is “Turning the wheel of Dharma” in daily life.