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 20170628傳承法髓道心堅 Purifying Our Minds and Serving with a Joyful Heart

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發表主題: 20170628傳承法髓道心堅 Purifying Our Minds and Serving with a Joyful Heart   周六 7月 22, 2017 5:49 am

20170628傳承法髓道心堅 Purifying Our Minds and Serving with a Joyful Heart

The Buddha predicted that the world we live in would become a world filled with impurities. We see that in this era, there are many impurities arising from people's afflications. People do not live in harmony, thus bringing afflictions to one another's hearts. Due to their afflictions, they go astray from the right direction of life. This is called "Affliction Turbidity."

As they have many afflictions, they cannot see clearly the right path in life. Why is that? Because afflictions breed incorrect views, which lead to "View Turbidity." People are inclined to be attached to the self, so their views vary from person to person. Due to self-attachment, many people will give rise to ignorance and desires, which, in turn, will cause many conflicts and disasters in the world.

These conflicts and disasters brought about by people's ignorance and desires will lead to human miseries. All this is happening in our times, the "Era of Turbidity."So, our times are impure times of turmoil. This is a result of people's negative karma accumulated for a long time. Also, in this world of turmoil, manmade and natural disasters will keep occurring.

This is what the Buddha predicted in his time, foretelling what our world in this era would be like. It is a situation we seem unable to avoid. Yet, all we can do is purify people's minds to quell disasters.

So, we see Tzu Chi volunteers hold meal gatherings to promote vegetarianism to help people stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Can a vegetarian diet keep us healthy? (Yes. ) I've been a vegan since the age of 16. In fact, I resisted eating meat in my childhood, and later, I vowed to go vegetarian to pray for the health of my mother at the age of 16. In all, a vegetarian diet can keep us healthy, both physically and mentally.

This morning, we saw our little volunteers. They've gone vegetarian at such an early age.

"Dear Grandmaster, I'm Liu Xi-kuan from a Jing Si Books & Cafe in Taipei. Today, I'd like to share how I persuade people to go vegetarian. I told one of my classmates that eating meat would harm the Earth and bring animals suffering. He's gone vegetarian. Yety, his father orders that he eat meat, although he picks out meat at school. Grandmaster, I'll keep persuading people to go vegetarian."

In all, to have a healthy body, we should not rely on eating meat. Instead, we should give with love to have a healthy mind and a healthy society. With a healthy mind and a healthy society, naturally, we'll have a healthy body. Slaughtering is brutal, and according to karmic law, brutality will have its effect of retribution. So, we promote vegetarianism in the hopes of bringing peace to society.

We also see one of our volunteers. She joined Tzu Chi at age 70 and learned to use the computer and read e-books at age 77.

"I started to learn the computer at age 77. Despite my teacher's detailed instructions, I mistook "Ctrl" for something that sounded like "misread" in Chinese. Also, as I couldn't read Chinese characters, I collected Mandarin textbooks for beginners during my recycling work and began to study Mandarin Phonetic Symbols, hoping to acquire computer skills sooner."

"Listening to Master's Dharma talks is my favorite. In the beginning, I listened to Master on TV and took many picture. With the picture, I studied as hard as a student who had to do homework every day. I learn the Dharma with joy. I'm most grateful to Master because my heart is always filled with joy after taking in the Dharma."

"I worked very hard, so I was appointed as a volunteer team leader when I was 80. Standing by my side now are my team members. I'm grateful to them. Thanks to their help with the recycling work, I can serve as a team leader with joy. I'm truly grateful to Master. I'm willing to follow Master life after life, and I'll do my best until my last breath."

She takes notes while listening to my Dharma talks and has filled seven notebooks. She's 84 years old. Yet, she's still very active. She's truly set an example for everyone to follow.

Indeed, life is transient as a dream. Since we all wish to lead happy lives in this short life, why not give of ourselves with joy by serving as living bodhisattvas? The Buddha teaches us that if we diligently learn the Dharma during daytime, we may have wondrous dreams at night in which we can behold the Buddha, listen to his teaching, see ourselves expound the Dharma to others, or even see ourselves attain Buddhahood.

So, we should take the Dharma to heart so that we can turn our lives into wondrous dreams in which we serve joyfully as living bodhisattvas. Do you all understand? (Yes. ) I'm truly grateful that our volunteers give of themselves with love and dedication.

We see one of our young volunteers. Although she's suffering from a rare disease, she seizes time to give of herself. This is how e can give with joy in our short lives. In all, to give of ourselves with love is how we find value and meaning in life.

I hope that our senior volunteers can continue to pass on Tzu Chi's spirit and our young volunteers can absorb it as soon as possible. Tzu Chi needs young volunteers to pass our spirit on and on for ages to come. Can you all do it? (Yes. ) Some of you are receiving our volunteer training and some of you are already serving as volunteers. I hope that you can serve with unwavering faith to truly experience the spirit of serving as living bodhisattvas.

Remember what I said just now. The most important thing for us to do is to serve joyfully as living bodhisattvas. To lead a happy life, it's best to give with joy and live out the wondrous dream of walking the Bodhisattva Path and attaining Buddhahood.
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