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 20170728善用人身順天理 Making Use of Our Life to Benefit People

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發表主題: 20170728善用人身順天理 Making Use of Our Life to Benefit People   周日 8月 20, 2017 6:32 am

20170728善用人身順天理 Making Use of Our Life to Benefit People

A typhoon is coming, we must be vigilant and sincerely pious while paying close attention to the weather report. People should avoid outdoor activities, especially hiking. We should have reverence for Mother Nature, be vigilant and be sincerely pious. Indeed, everyone should be cautious.

In these few days, I’ve been talking about the hot weather, which is caused by human activities. People only care about their own comforts and use air conditioning, which releases hot air to the environment. Due to the large population, many skyscrapers have been built on green lands, one building after another. In order to build these concrete buildings, we need to excavate mountains for cement and build buildings on green lands. It is a vicious cycle.

On sunny days, the concrete buildings absorb the heat and release it back to the air. All in all, these contradictory human activities lead to this hot weather. This is because people don’t want to bear with discomfort, are used to comfortable lifestyles and have developed such habits. As a result, this caused the weather to become so unbalance and extreme. The natural disasters around the world are a warning signal to us.

Many countries around the globe are now faced with one natural disaster after another. This is why we need to be awakened. How do we be awakened? Driven by desires, human seek comforts; they ceaselessly create bad karma and air pollution. With one thought, the environment can be destroyed.

Our desires come from our bodies. We are born with complete sense organs of eyes, ears, nose, tongue and body, but we use them to create bad karma. For example, to satisfy our palate for meat, we kill animals and create bad karma. To provide animals for meat, people raise livestock. For example, to raise sheep, people cut down forests for pasture, which damages the environment.

All in all, people have created so much bad karma. To satisfy our desire for comfortable living, we build so many luxurious buildings and skyscrapers. Also, because of desires, the human population continues to grow. This is a vicious cycle.

The negative consequences will continue to surface and people will suffer as a result. Indeed, it’s sad to see this happen so often. By a single change of thought, humans can give rise to desires so immense that they cover mountains and seas. They want everything. When they have power, they are not satisfied, and they long for more. When they have money, they think it’s not enough and they want more.
This kind of life is full of suffering. They haven’t done things to benefit others; rather, they might even have harmed the environment. Yet, if they can change their mindsets, they can do so much good for the world with their abilities.

They can even practice the six paramitas to benefit the world. With a change of mindset, they can use their body to practice the six paramitas. That’s why we go amongst people to share with them this idea and to purify their hearts.

All in all, these teachings are deep, but we must try to understand them. This is why we say “through giving, we gain blessings and joy and by being understanding, we gain wisdom and a peace of mind.” But, we must practice this. When we open our heart and give of ourselves, we’ll realize that it’s not difficult. This is how one becomes a bodhisattva. When we help people and feel good, we’ve gained a peace of mind. It’s that simple. Everyone, we need to comprehend this mindfully.

Take the example of the gas explosion incident in Kaohsiung, so many people were unexpectedly injured. The young man on the footage, Mr. Chen, who served in a fire department as a substitute services draftee. He was on duty when the explosion happened unexpectedly and injured his body.
That year, I went to Kaohsiung and met this young man. I truly couldn’t bear to see him like that, so a thought came to me to ask DA.AI Technology to improve the pressure garment. Finally, after a few years, it was achieved. A textile company was willing to work with DA.AI Technology to develop the fabric regardless of the cost.

In particular, after the Formosa Fun Coast dust explosion, the demand for pressure garments increased. So, we sped up the development process. Doing this is not for money making. The cost was actually larger than the profit. The company we worked with did it out of their sincerity. We developed the fabric and provided its weaving specifications for the textile company to manufacture the fabric. To achieve this was not easy.

On my trip this time, I saw some young burn patients wearing the garment. I asked them, “How is it?” They said, “It’s more comfortable. I can move around freely in it.” We even developed garments in different colors that meet their needs.

“During the development of improving the fabric, all parties involved gave their best. Everyone’s cooperation to achieve this at all cost truly touched me. Therefore, I especially came today to express my gratitude to Master. Without her insistence, I don’t think we’ll ever see this type of fabric.”

“This fabric is not as itchy as the one we wore previously and it is cooler. When there’s a breeze, it feels cool and breathable. I don’t feel stuffed and uncomfortable.”      

During my trip to Kaohsiung this time, I saw Mr. Chen again. He is using his ability to serve and is now a Tzu Chi documenting volunteer. He was there when I met with volunteers.

“At that time, when I touched his pressure garment, I was inspired to improve the fabric. Seeing him wrapped up like that made my heart heavy. Thus, when I went to Taipei, I asked the staff of the DA.AI Technology to improve the pressure garment fabric. Now it has been successfully developed.”

“Master saw me and thought that I would get better. She said, “Come and be a documenting volunteer.” I remembered her words for two years.”I see that he’s begun volunteering. I’m grateful for this. The power of love is truly great. Yet, people’s desire, ignorance, and afflictions can also be tremendous. Which do we choose? We need to be more mindful.
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