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 20170519分秒精進心質樸Cultivating Diligently with a Pure and Honest Mindset

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發表主題: 20170519分秒精進心質樸Cultivating Diligently with a Pure and Honest Mindset   周三 6月 21, 2017 10:27 pm

20170519分秒精進心質樸Cultivating Diligently with a Pure and Honest Mindset

When interacting with others, we should practice the Dharma and carry out the Buddha’s teachings in daily life. We should constantly remind ourselves to be mindful of our thoughts and never to discriminate people, matters and material objects. We should never do this.

Thus, we should have love for people as well as all sentient beings. We also need to be pious and sincere at heart. Everything we do will become a karmic seed, which will be stored in our eighth consciousness. When our life comes to an end in accordance with Nature’s law, there is nothing we can bring with us except for the karmic seeds that have been stored in our consciousness.

The karmic seeds in our eighth consciousness will always be with us. The place we are reborn to is decided by our karmic seeds and affinities. We will be led by our karma and be reborn in accordance with our karma to receive our direct and circumstantial retributions. There, we have no control over where we will be reborn. Thus, we need to be vigilant about our actions.      

Recently, we see Tzu Chi volunteers in many countries mindfully conducting bowing pilgrimages and Buddha Day ceremonies. Volunteers in Taiwan also did the same. For example, Tzu Chi hospitals in Dalin, Taipei and Taichung held cultivation activities.

Our medical staff as well as local volunteers created blessings and used their wisdom by setting up and decorating the ceremony venues to create scenes of solemn ceremonies. I am truly touched by this.

It is the same in the U.K. There is no suitable venue for a bowing pilgrimage for them. So, Tzu Chu volunteers held a bowing pilgrimage on a hill. Although the Tzu Chi office there cannot hold a bowing pilgrimage, volunteers have a common aspiration for spiritual cultivation. So they went to the hill to conduct a bowing pilgrimage there. They all shared the same mindset.

Even though there was no suitable venue, they still stated to celebrate Buddha’s Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day. The most important thing about the ceremony is to have a sincere heart. Even though the ceremonies in the U.K. were not very big, those attending the ceremonies cultivated blessings and wisdoms piously.  

Similarly in Africa, volunteers also didn’t have a good venue for Buddha Day ceremonies, yet, what they did was very touching. In South Africa, in celebrating Buddha Day, Mother’s Day and Tzu Chi Day, volunteers there spent three years to present the musical adaptation of the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings.

They presented the sutra over a period of three years. In 2015, they presented the first chapter, “Virtues”.
“Bodhisattvas can differentiate the real aspect of things from apparent differences. They bring refreshing coolness and cleanse away ignorance. They pour the water of Dharma to moisten the dry land of living beings’ minds, sow seeds of goodness to develop the fields of merit.”

In 2016, they presented the second chapter, “Preaching”. Although they did not present the full version like the Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan, with their pure and honest character, they showed their sincere piety.

“There’s a doctrine called Innumerable Meanings. It enables people to gain Enlightenment quickly.”

They also sang the Chinese verses in the Sutra of Innumerable Meanings and gave a presentation onstage. This year, they presented the third chapter, “Ten Merits”.

“Understand one principle, all principles become clear. One law encapsulates all laws, all principles. Diligently study one teaching of the sutra, and one can come to understand innumerable principles.” “The seventh inconceivable merit-power is displaying the power of the six paramitas. He spreads love with great compassion and works to relieve people of suffering”

This was how they presented “Ten Merits”. They were truly adorable. The local Tzu Chings divided themselves into five groups and each group presented one part of the five spiritual poisons. They presented pride, bad habits, killing, anger and greed.

Each Tzu Ching group used events in society to present the five spiritual poisons. This really raised people’s awareness on the five spiritual poisons. This was truly not easy to do.

The local Tzu Chi volunteers in South Africa are very special, and I am grateful toward them. We also see that volunteers from other locations in Africa have travelled a long way to South Africa to learn how to hold a Buddha Day ceremony. For example, 21 volunteers from Swaziland drove to South Africa to learn how to hold a Buddha Day ceremony. After they learned how to do so, they had to drive back to Swaziland quickly to make preparations for the Buddha Day ceremony.

Gladys, a local volunteer is responsible for guiding volunteers from Swaziland. Gladys is older than her fellow volunteers, so she is like a caring mother. She suffers from deteriorating knees, so there was a period of time that she had to use a cane to walk.

Because the volunteers from Swaziland were in a hurry to drive back home, as her knees have been hurting every day, she seizes every moment to do Tzu Chi activities. She treated these volunteers from Swaziland as if they were her own children, and these volunteers gained wisdom under her guidance.

Because these volunteers had to go back to Swaziland, she made some steamed bread for them. When the bread was ready, she heard that they were already getting on their van, so she quickly grabbed the steamed bread, which is what these volunteers like to eat, and rushed out to give them the bread. Even though her knees hurt a lot and she needed a cane, she ran to the van without a cane because she was afraid that their van would leave.

The love and care she showed to the volunteers from Swaziland was like a hen protecting her chicks under her wings. She cared for these volunteers mindfully to help them become more experienced Tzu Chi volunteers. Gladys’ determination to support Buddhism and other’s spiritual cultivation is truly touching. There are many touching stories like this.
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