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 20170617緣苦眾生菩薩道Walking the Bodhisattva Path by Providing Assistance to People in Suffering

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發表主題: 20170617緣苦眾生菩薩道Walking the Bodhisattva Path by Providing Assistance to People in Suffering   周四 8月 17, 2017 7:04 am

20170617緣苦眾生菩薩道Walking the Bodhisattva Path by Providing Assistance to People in Suffering

The situation here is quite awful. My husband went to the border between Haiti and Dominican Republic for food, but he was stopped by the soldiers.

We are quite miserable in the village. When it rains, the house is soaked. When the sun comes out, it gets extremely hot. There are mosquitos, and the children are ill.

Haiti has a very rich history. It had its prosperous days when the country was wealthy. However, the disharmony in people’s hearts caused the country’s conditions to change. Gradually, the country became poor. My heart goes out to those people in poverty.

Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Tzu Chi volunteers have been providing aid to Haitians, and witnessing their poverty. As bodhisattvas arise to help those in suffering, seeing such poverty in that place, our volunteer couldn’t bear to leave them.

Since the beginning, whenever our volunteers go there to distribute aid, we have the UN’s Peacekeepers to give us protection. As our volunteers went to distribute aid again and again, the locals gradually realized that they can depend on Tzu Chi volunteers for lessening their hardship.

Now, every time the volunteers go, aid recipients would display their friendliness, and would line up in an orderly manner. They would wait patiently for the aid distribution.

We now have local volunteers there because the US volunteers have been helping them and supporting them with love. They continued to help them; now there are local people who are inspired to give of themselves.

Richard, a local volunteer is considered as someone of influence in his local community because he is a righteous person. He is willing to do good deeds, but he has a bit of a temper. Our volunteers softened his temper, and finally, he took refuge and became my disciple. He is in training to be a certified volunteer, and is now able to inspire other people.

He would take volunteers to a hospital and provide nutritious porridge to patients who are poor. He leads a group of local volunteers who receive training courses regularly. We see these volunteers share about stories of their past, and their transformations.

Mr. James Chen, a US volunteer, showed them a video of the damage caused by torrential rains in Taiwan, and the way Tzu Chi volunteers in Taiwan devoted themselves to the flood relief. From the video, local volunteers in Haiti could feel the power of love, which is wonderful.

The giving of love, and the return of gratitude show the Dharma in the world. That’s right. We must keep the Dharma in our hearts and in our thoughts at all times as we walk the path. With the teachings of the sutras, we, living bodhisattvas, pioneer a path in the direction of spiritual cultivation in this world. Then, people that follow can pave the path.

So, in interacting with people and dealing with matters, we show the principles of being a bodhisattva. We need to show the principle through events. The event is a disaster, and the principle is having the spirit of Bodhisattvas and acting on the vows of Bodhisattvas. They go into communities to serve the people and have been helping them ever since.

I am grateful to OECC a Taiwanese construction co. The company has constantly provided assistance to us since the beginning. Our volunteers even stayed in their company building while in Haiti.

They have been very helpful. Director Mr. Chang is very supportive of Tzu Chi volunteers. This time, he helped clear the customs for the 10,000 pairs of shoes donated by a Taiwanese businessperson in Dominican Republic.

We are now heading toward the border. All customer procedures have been taken care of, but we need to submit these documents in order to claim the shipment.

The customs procedures at the border is very complicated due to rumors of smuggling. But thanks to the Master’s spiritual support, everything went smoothly. It was beyond our imagination.

He said, in a mere five hours, the shipment passed customs without the need for inspection. He said, this showed Tzu Chi’s power of love in Haiti is truly amazing. There are many touching stories. This is the Dharma, which needs to be accumulated for a long time in order to reach such result.

Everyone, life is like a dream. In the Lotus Sutra, near the end of the Chapter on Peaceful Practices, The Buddha expounded about dreams.

We must cultivate our heart and mind, and be constantly mindful of our thoughts. We should cultivate the Four Bodhisattva Practices and practice the four rules, which is to purify our action, speech, and thoughts, and make great vows.

We must always keep our action, speech, and thoughts on the Dharma. In the day time, we practice the Dharma in daily lives, were everything we do is to benefit others. Then, we will be very happy, and even in sleep we will dream of walking the Bodhisattva Path.

Even in our dream, we dream of the Buddha expounding the Dharma. We even make great vows to become a Buddha in the future, and receive prediction from the Buddha that we will become Buddhas and expound the Dharma.

These dreams tell us that our lives are short like dreams, so that we should make good use of our time. If our heart, mind, and intention are heading in the direction of good, then one day when we wake up, we would be truly awakened and attain enlightenment.

This wonderful state would be like the dream describe by the Buddha, and our dream is to become a Buddha. So, I hope everyone can bear this wonderful state in mind and connect events with principles together. We would be able to understand life’s principles and pave the path of cultivation in this world. This is the eternal life’s truth.
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