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 20170811法寶無價妙觀察 Learning the Dharma and Broadening Our Horizons

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發表主題: 20170811法寶無價妙觀察 Learning the Dharma and Broadening Our Horizons   周五 10月 06, 2017 1:48 pm

20170811法寶無價妙觀察 Learning the Dharma and Broadening Our Horizons

Before I got sick, I enjoyed every single day. After I began to have problems with my kidneys, I was completely unable to accept the truth.  I blamed God.  Why had he allowed me to become sick?

I was the worst off because I was the oldest son.  I was always the first to be blamed
My son and my husband argued continually.  Both have very great tempers

We saw a case of a dialysis patient in Malaysia. He used to have short temper and had a bad relationship with his son. Then, this man came to receive treatment at our dialysis center. While undergoing treatment, he watched Da Ai TV and became calm.  He took in my teachings and gradually transformed himself. He was able to apologize to his son.

Later I saw Da Ai TV and listened to Master Cheng Yen teach.  In her sermon she talked about wisdom and forgiveness and spreading love.  I discovered this thinking was the same as in the bible.

Now the situation has improved a lot, my husband has learned how to control his own temper.  His tone of voice has changed and now his relationship with his son is just great.

People nowadays don’t have life’s direction, so we need the Dharma more than ever. After we listen to the Dharma, we should carefully observe what we should do or should not do, analyze things carefully and set a correct direction to put it into action. Putting the Dharma to practice and using it to benefit people is called the wisdom of wondrous observation.

We need to give of ourselves without asking for anything in return and be grateful at the same time. We are grateful to everyone for helping us accomplish our aspirations. The work of helping people and serving others requires more than one person’s effort. It cannot be achieved by one or two people alone. Thus, we need to thank many, many people for willingly give of themselves to serve others around the world. We must be grateful for this. This is called the wisdom of impartiality.

As all living beings are equal, we cannot bear to see them suffer. If we are awakened to this and count our blessings, then we will be frugal and spend less. We pool together everyone’s love to help people in need with impartiality. This is called the wisdom of impartiality. Everyone has the wisdom innately. We need to treat all living beings equally. That way, we will naturally give of ourselves with love. When we are able to do this, we will possess wisdom that is like a great, clear, perfectly round mirror.

This mirror in our heart can clearly reflect the sufferings and disasters of this world. We will be able to see the root of the problems behind the disharmony of the world and its extreme climate. By tracing back its causes, we will know that they are people’s collective negative karma. Thus, to change the world, we must return to live a simple and frugal life.

Yesterday, I met with a young couple who are staff of Da Ai TV. I said to them, “You were born to document Tzu Chi’s history.” It is because they both share this aspiration. They have been to many countries to document Tzu Chi’s history. Their trip this time lasted more than 40 days. Right after they returned, they immediately came to report to me. They visited five countries in Africa, where there are Tzu Chi volunteers.

They saw an 87-year-old volunteer in Lesotho. She left her house early in the morning in minus nine degree Celsius, with a Basotho blanket around her to attend Tzu Chi’s study group session. She never missed any session. It took four hours for her to walk from her house to the local Tzu Chi office. She set off when the sky was still dark, as she walked, it became brighter. Sometimes she went uphill; sometimes she went downhill. Sometimes she had to use a footbridge.

The passersby were curious about why there were people following and videotaping her. She said to them, “Come with me and you’ll know why.” On her way, she told everyone she met about Tzu Chi. When this volunteer arrived at the office, a younger local volunteer saw her and helped her remove her socks. She examined her feet and found that there were many blisters, so she applied some petroleum jelly on her feet. See, this is how our volunteers care for one another.

On the day of the study group, after all the volunteers arrived, they began the session. They watched a short video of my Dharma talk, which was translated. For the whole day, they went over it several times, and wrote down every sentence of my teachings. This is why the Dharma is so ingrained in their hearts and in their daily life.

We also see Mozambique. A businessman from Taiwan donated a vast piece of land to Tzu Chi. The local volunteers grow vegetables on it. We saw that they worked around the land and sang with great delight. During an aid distribution, they sang this song repeatedly.    

How much does love cost?  How much does it cost to learn Master’s teachings? How much does it cost? It doesn’t cost any, as long as you give with love. How much does it cost? It doesn’t cost any, as long as you give with love.      

This is the teaching that they kept singing. When they received the aid voucher, they held it in front of my picture and said repeatedly, ‘I’ve got the voucher. I can receive rice from you. I am very thankful.” How can I not feel touched by their gratitude? All these happened far away on the other side of the globe, where volunteers have been giving of themselves. Ms. Denise Tsai was the first Tzu Chi volunteer in Mozambique. She has inspired many locals to become volunteers who then inspired many more.

Volunteers, we should broaden our horizons. We need to awaken our true wisdom by ourselves through practicing the Dharma. Instead of being addicted to smart phones, we should learn more about people and events around the world. There are many more touching stories from Africa. We sit in this dignified venue and volunteers in Mozambique sit on the ground. But, they are full of joy.

Volunteers, we really need to count our blessings, cherish them and create more blessings. Volunteers in Mozambique also save coins in coin banks. Everyone gives of themselves and donates money. Seeing this, I am really touched. All in all, there are too many touching stories to tell. I hope that we can all follow their example. We should give them our blessings and love.  
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