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 20170806實踐四法弘誓願Making Great Vows and Practicing the Four Rules

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發表主題: 20170806實踐四法弘誓願Making Great Vows and Practicing the Four Rules    周日 8月 20, 2017 10:51 am

20170806實踐四法弘誓願Making Great Vows and Practicing the Four Rules

Seeing you all cultivating diligently and hearing your sharing’s have truly touched me. Around the world, Tzu Chi volunteers serve actively in their communities. They learn to count their blessings through helping people in suffering. People nowadays are very blessed. However, the teachings of Buddha and their truth can only be comprehended through encountering suffering.

Suffering is something that everyone faces in this world. (There are sufferings of the mind and of the body.) There are sufferings that come from dealing with people and matters. There are sufferings that come with our heart, such as not being able to get along with others. It does not come from the lack of material goods, but the lack of spirituality. We might feel others owe us a great deal, or they cannot meet our needs.

This is a kind spiritual suffering. Although materially wealthy, they suffer from discontent. Such sufferings come from not being able to get what we want, where one’s desires can never be satisfied. Because we always feel lacking, we feel deprived and unsatisfied. Thus, we suffer. When the Buddha was alive, he saw people lacking in spirituality. When one feels lacking, they always have a sense of loss, which brings a lot of afflictions.

Life is short, only a few decades long. It passes by very fast. If we are stuck and indulge in our desires, our heart will always be impoverished and be destined to suffer. These wants are intangible and have no ends to them. There’s a Chinese saying that desires are like a river with powerful waves that can sweep us into the sea of suffering. Have you ever heard of this saying? Yes

Our greed and desires are like waves, rising and falling all the time, making our minds restless. Feeling a sense of lacking or always wanting to expand our business can cause sufferings in us. Why do we promote recycling? We do recycling because there is too much waste.

People nowadays have damaged too much land, mined too many mountains, and pumped too much crude oil to supply us the material goods that we use in our life. If everyone knows to cherish resources, people will reduce their waste, do recycling, keep recyclable clean, and sort them well, so  they can be made into something else.

I see that volunteers in Changsha of Hunan in China doing a great job in recycling. It is the same in Beijing. I praise them recently for the great job they’ve done. They sort out the recyclables during the day or in the evening. Even though they are doing it very well, recycling has not been widely practiced. I see Tzu Chi volunteers are doing it.

If volunteers can work with local governments to promote recycling to every household, people can practice recycling at home. To do recycling well, it needs to be done at each household. Every household can sort their wastes by putting cleaned recyclables in a bin and placing dirty, oily ones in another.

When the recyclables are sent to the recycling stations, we can sort the recyclables in more details. Thus, our recycling stations will be cleaner and it’ll be easier for us to toughly sort the recyclables. This is what we need to promote now. I hope people can devote themselves to recycling. It is not enough for civic organizations to do recycling. I hope local governments and communities (can join this cause.)  

There is hope (for doing this.) There is definitely hope, as long as people have awareness and consensuses, and take collective action. We must understand where the pollutions are coming from and stop exploiting Mother Earth. The way to replenish our material goods is though recycling. If each one of us cherishes material goods, we can prolong their use.

In this way, we won’t keep on consuming resources and land will not be desertified. Thus, mountains, ricers, and land can be healthy. Volunteers, to protect Mother Nature, we must do recycling and do it well. Recycling must start from our heart.

I heard your sharing’s today, and you vowed to do the things I want to do. I hope you are sincere in your vows and meant what you said. We need to purify our action, speech, and thoughts, along with making great vows, which is to practice the Four Rules. We need to do good deeds and speak kind words to comfort those in suffering. Moreover, we should open our hearts and share our spiritual wealth of love with others.

Everyone needs to make great vows. Follow the Jing Si Dharma lineage diligently, and walk the Tzu Chi Path. For more than 50 years, Tzu Chi has paved the path with love. And now it has become the Dharma lineage you diligently follow and the Tzu Chi Path you walk on. I hope you can all remember this.

Living bodhisattvas go to the aid of those in suffering. Helping people is how bodhisattvas cultivate themselves. When you walk into communities and see sufferings, you guide those suffering and help them transform their lives. Those stories make me happiest. They show me that you have done what I want to do and loved those whom I love.

I cannot express all my gratitude enough. I will always harbor gratitude in my heart. Our hearts will always be connected together, right? (Right.) Good, I hope our hearts stay even closer. If you inspire lasting compassion in others and spread Great Love, no matter how far you are, your hearts will be close to mine. Right? (Right.)  We still need to open our hearts more and broaden the path. This is what we need to strive to do together.
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