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 20170924轉識成智開正道Transforming Our Consciousnesses into the Four Wisdoms

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發表主題: 20170924轉識成智開正道Transforming Our Consciousnesses into the Four Wisdoms   周二 10月 10, 2017 9:23 pm

20170924轉識成智開正道Transforming Our Consciousnesses into the Four Wisdoms

I have been reminding people that we do not know how long we will live. So, we need to seize the time we have right now to expand our wisdom. We must create a right path for this life and for our future lives. We need to keep walking and focus on this direction in all of our future lives. In our mind and consciousness, we need to remember this path.

We must do this. We need to remember how we had travelled on this path before. Looking back at the path taken, it should still stay vividly in our mind. They are our various states of mind. Where was I yesterday? What kind of place was I? It’s easy for us to remember what happened yesterday. Likewise in this life, our memories are comprised of what we have been through. (What we do) creates a path for ourselves.

After we pass away, we should quickly return to the path that we have created, as we have always been walking on it. We are very familiar with this path. Its direction is clear, and, every day, we create this path further. In this life, if we continue to create this path further every day, then we are training our mind (to focus on walking this path.)

How do we cultivate blessings and wisdom? Blessings are created by serving people. Wisdom is nurtured by (purifying) our heart. We can also nurture our wisdom through serving people and cultivating ourselves in our daily lives. We must remember that Buddhist terms with profound meanings are not merely the Buddha’s teachings; they are relevant to our daily lives.

Buddha’s teachings are meant to be applied in our daily lives. We must apply and integrate the Dharma, principles of life, into our lives. We need to see the relevance of the Dharma in our daily life, even our breathing. After listening to the morning Dharma talk, don’t just put it aside and go on to your daily activities. No. We must apply what we have heard to what we are doing. Once we find the right direction, we set that direction for the rest of our life. That is the most important thing when we listen to the Dharma talks.

I’ve talked about Four Wisdoms. We need to transform our five consciousnesses into the wisdom of fulfillment of deeds. The Five consciousnesses are consciousnesses of the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and body. The eye consciousnesses cognizes what the eyes see. The ear consciousnesses cognizes what the ears hear. The nose consciousnesses cognizes what the nose smells. The tongue consciousnesses cognizes what the tongue tastes, such as hot, cold, sweet, or savory. We smell with our nose, and sense touch with our body. Our five sense organs give rise to the five consciousnesses.

In our daily life, when our five sense organs come with contact with its corresponding “five sense objects”, such as the sounds we hear, the things we see, and the food that we eat, we should turn these five consciousnesses into the wisdom of fulfillment of deeds. Eating food is to feed our body; it’s not to give in to our cravings. That’s why we go vegetarian as a way of respecting all lives.

If everybody eats vegetarian, it will do tremendous good for our world, the air, and the overall environment. As for purifying our heart, it depends on our sixth consciousnesses. When we come into contact with things in the external world, such as sweet things or savory things, we discern what we like. That’s the workings of the five consciousnesses, which also make us indulge in what we like. If we have transformed our first five consciousnesses into the wisdom of fulfillment of deeds, we will be moderate.  

Foods are meant to feed our body, rather than satisfying our cravings. If we understand this, then we have transformed our consciousnesses into wisdom. Moreover, how do we practice moderation and curb our cravings? We need to develop the wisdom of wondrous observation. We must understand why we need to be vegetarians and its benefits to the environment.

We understand all these principles clearly. That’s why we must turn our sixth consciousnesses into the wisdom of wondrous observation, which allows us to think wisely. We need to see the sufferings in the world. With so many people suffering, how can we help them? This is why we keep on encouraging everyone to give what they can. By pooling everyone’s strength together, it can help many people. (This insight comes from) the wisdom of wondrous observation.  

Tzu Chi has always used people’s donations to help people in need. We don’t use them for ourselves. This is using the wisdom of wondrous observation, which comes from transforming our sixth consciousnesses. We also need to develop the wisdom of impartiality, which comes from transforming our seventh consciousnesses.

All living beings live on the same Earth as we do. Living in this world, we live with others, (why do we only care about ourselves) and are indifferent to others’ suffering? When we see other people in suffering, we should be willing to help them. Because all live are equal, we should respect and protect life as well as safeguarding other’s health with love. We should give our love everyone. Loving everyone is the wisdom of impartiality

We cultivate ourselves hoping to attain this wisdom. So, every day, we need to pay attention to what is happening around the world. When there is a disaster with people suffering and they need our help, we should give of ourselves to those in need. To do this, we need to transform our seventh consciousnesses. We must think deeply and realize that the value of our life is the same as all other living beings.

If we can give of ourselves with this in mind, then we can transform our eighth consciousnesses into a wisdom that is like a great, clear, perfectly round mirror. With this wisdom, we will have clarity of mind. As we see disasters occurring so frequently, we naturally have the compassion and wisdom to give of ourselves selflessly while being grateful. That is what makes one a bodhisattva.
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