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 20170520堪忍力行度群生 Joining Together to Protect the Earth

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發表主題: 20170520堪忍力行度群生 Joining Together to Protect the Earth   周日 7月 16, 2017 10:54 pm

20170520堪忍力行度群生 Joining Together to Protect the Earth

We see that there’s a group of Tzu Chi volunteers of Ligang, Pingtung County working very hard.

Take a look on the ground. It’s uneven. If you’re not careful, you might trip and fall. Therefore, when it rains, I think it gets muddy, right?

Yes. When people bring in recyclables, they’d say “How do you do recycling here? When it rains, it’s all water. Trucks get stuck in the mud.”

This volunteer is Ms. Xu Yuan. Do you know that she has been recycling there for over twenty years. She worked hard to keep recycling going in her community and found locations for doing it.

We’ve moved our recycling place to here. This is the fifth time we moved. This is not an ideal place to do recycling. We have to cope with it. Some volunteers told me, “If we can’t find a place, we might as well give up. We might as well give up. Recycling stations in all other places look beautiful with nicely built metal roof. Why do we have to work out in the open?”

I told them, “In due time, we will have it with the help of karmic affinity. Maybe we haven’t done enough and time has not come yet.”

Over that last twenty years volunteers borrowed or rented places. When a landlord wanted the place back, they had to find a new place and move. This is their fifth place; it’s outside in the open ground.

The weather in Pingtung is a little cool now but I believe it’s quite hot the summer. With these tents, how can they stay cool?

It’s actually really hot. They all told me to find another place as soon as possible. I said, “I’m looking, haven’t found one yet.” I feel bad seeing them work in such conditions. I let them finish early. We used to work until twelve.

On typhoon days?

If the wind and rain are not too bad, we wear raincoats and keep on working. I am really thankful to our recycling volunteers. Every day, being able to do recycling and seeing the volunteers here mindfully working make us very happy.

The happiest time of my life is joining Tzu Chi. I am happy and at ease every day. This is the kind of life I want to live. The happiest time of my life is joining Tzu Chi.

So many volunteers wearing raincoats working in the rain. When it rains, there are puddles and mud on the ground. From this we can see how had they work under such conditions. After seeing their hard work, who could waste resources?

We see our volunteers drenched in sweat working under the scorching sun, yet they keep on working. Ms. Xu could not give up recycling because she knows that I care about this, and I always urge people to do recycling. They can’t bear to see me doing this alone.

Not only has she been so dedicated, she has also inspired a group of volunteers to join her. There are so many people who know my heart. They give of themselves and share the same mission which is to protect the Earth. This is truly not easy.

We also see another volunteer, Mei-hsiu. When she was 19, she (married) an irresponsible man, who caused her a lot of suffering and she went through a lot of hardship. She once had depression. Fortunately, she met a wholesome friend who led her to join Tzu Chi.

Then she began to learn the Dharma and gradually, she came to understand life’s principles. Later, she took on the responsibility of getting the computer ready for the morning Dharma talk every day. She’s able to free herself from her afflictions.

Although life is still hard for her, she is free spiritually and no longer depressed. Now, she is very happy every day. In the past, she had difficulty following the sutra on the screen.

I was under a lot of pressure back then. It is as if I had dementia. I would forget what people said to me. I couldn’t remember anything. Later, when I tried to follow the mantra, I cannot recite it or keep up. After a while, I cannot see (the words clearly.) I got scared and didn’t know what to do.

Now not only can she see but also understand. The teachings in the sutra are profound, yet, she can explain it in simple ways, and she even takes notes. Her life has been transformed. Now she is at peace. Even though she still needs to work hard, she doesn’t think of it as hardship.

I used to think why do I do this job? I couldn’t let go of my ego. Now I can. Look at how I clean this mirror. The more I wipe, the cleaner it gets, and my heart gets cleaner in the same way. When I flush the toilet, the impurities in my heart get washed away as well, one layer at a time. My mindset is completely different.

When cleaning the restroom, she does it with a pure heart. With a switch of mindset, what she does benefits others, people in the building as well as the community. Most importantly, she is free spiritually. Her life is truly transformed.

This requires the Dharma. After she encounters the Dharma, she uses it to liberate herself. She also shared her life story with others.

We all have a ship and a great white ox cart. Each one of us can be the captain of our ship of compassion. With this ship, we can take ourselves form the shore of suffering to the shore of happiness on the other side. Not only can we take ourselves on this ship but, at the same time, we can also deliver living beings to the shore on the other side.

Living beings include not only humans.Look at this footage, it truly makes us think. It knows how polluted the water is. See this animal has spiritual essence. How can we not respect all forms of life? This is why we are promoting vegetarianism to love and respect lives. Every from of life has its precious existence. That’s why we have to respect all lives.

Moreover, we have to cherish the material goods we use. After we buy things we like don’t just throw them away while still usable when we stopped liking them. We have to cherish material goods. While they are still usable, we should keep using them.

Volunteers, we should all truly be vigilant and sincerely pious. We have to be vigilant and have a heart of sincere piety. We are to respect and cherish the Earth, because it is our home. We should love the Earth and cherish all material goods. Nowadays, people have high consumptions. Therefore, there are many factories and they cause much pollution.

Hence, we should encourage everybody to be more thrifty and frugal so that we don’t waste a lot of resources.We need to start from ourselves. Each and every one of us should join together to protect our Earth.
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