Poor yet Spiritually Rich Is Rare;Rich but Spiritually Poor Is Common

January 1st, 2015 Comments off

Insatiable greed leads to poverty because a greedy person always lives in a state of insufficiency, and often attempts to maximize his means to satisfy his wants. As he is constantly hungry for more, his wants will never be satisfied and that would lead to unhappiness. On the other hand, although some people are lacking in materials, their minds are calm. With a sense of contentment, they are spiritually fulfilled, thus they are not greedy at all.

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Complex Problem, Simple Solution

December 1st, 2014 Comments off

With a tranquil mind, one is not emotionally attached to a permanent existence. With a restless mind, one is shaken by a variety of sensations in the outside world. Very often we find that instead of worrying about the environment which is not under our control, we should look within ourselves for the problem. Then, we will realize that the real cause is our desires and actions, which begin with our thoughts. The Buddha had awakened to the Middle Path, which provides the sublime way that leads to the imperturbable serenity, Nirvana.

A Noble Person Stays Humble and Anonymous

November 1st, 2014 Comments off

The only reason to seek fame is to give back and to serve society. Even then, this is only worldly fame. As the Master said, “Although Tzu Chi volunteers give unconditionally, there is just one thing we need to seek for, that is, ‘wisdom growth’.” Nonetheless, we should start off without condition. This is the target and ideal in learning the Buddhadharma. Unconditional giving will usually bear fruits, but we usually cannot get what we asked for. Here, one transforms a self-centred personality to a selfless one.

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Be Modest to Ask and Learn

October 1st, 2014 Comments off

A capable person should not only perform according to his/her intrinsic capability, but also fulfil his/her duty to the greatest extent. Others who still lack the ability should consult those who are more capable, and continue to learn humbly even after acquiring the capability. Only then can one become a person, who is both capable and of value.

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Insatiable Greed Leads to Endless Debts

September 1st, 2014 Comments off

Greed is a form of ignorance that would hinder our minds from identifying important matters and gradually, losing the ability to judge or determine the actual situation. This is the blind spot faced by most of us in this modern society.

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Go Along with Affinities

August 1st, 2014 Comments off

One who does not keep a righteous mind and take in the Dharma will easily settle into an impoverished mind, which leads to a state of vacuity and loss. This is a potential cause of “depression”, of which, “taking the Dharma to heart” is the key way out.

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Faith and Perseverance are the Keys to Success

July 1st, 2014 Comments off

The Bodhisattva Path is the path of the One Vehicle Dharma, and also the ultimate truth. It emphasizes on internal cultivation and external practice. In order to walk the Bodhisattva Path at ease, one must “have faith (信), make vows (愿) and practise the teachings (行)”. These are the three major stipulations in walking the Bodhisattva Path, just like the indispensable three legs of a tripod. Acting without faith and will would not lead to any accomplishment; likewise, holding on to faith and will without execution would not bring any success.

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Walking on the Tzu Chi Path with the Spirit of Jing-Si Dharma Lineage

June 1st, 2014 Comments off

“Take the Jing-Si Dharma Lineage to heart and walk unwaveringly on the Tzu Chi path” is the emphasis of Tzu Chi’s approach in spiritual cultivation. Both internal cultivation, which is to cultivate the mind, and external cultivation, which is to be diligent in taking action, are equally important. Buddhadharma is attained when one diligently serves in the community and when the mind and action are in unison.

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Learning the Ways of the Buddha

May 1st, 2014 Comments off

It is highly improbable for one to think about two matters simultaneously. Thus, when we fill our mind with good thoughts, it leaves no room for evil ones. As long as we keep reminding ourselves to adopt the right frame of mind, evil thoughts will not arise. Such constant reminder will keep our mind from going astray and will become effective over time. This is called the “Right Thought” in the Buddhadharma.

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Contributing with Gratitude

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

To contribute is one of the purposive means in spiritual cultivation. If we could serve with a gratifying heart, then we are, in fact, achieving higher attainments to a state of ultimate purity of mind.

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