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 20170906正信齋戒續救援Inspiring Everyone onto the Path of Goodness

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發表主題: 20170906正信齋戒續救援Inspiring Everyone onto the Path of Goodness   周五 10月 20, 2017 6:32 am

20170906正信齋戒續救援Inspiring Everyone onto the Path of Goodness

This year, we promote the usage of rice, rather than paper money, as an offering. We estimate that 10 kg of paper money, meaning 16 tons of CO 2 emissions, can be reduced. Normally we burn paper money when worshipping. I think this new approach is quite good. I will observe it as it is very eco-friendly.

Yesterday was the Ghost Festival in Taiwan. We see that people are more aware of the importance of protecting the Earth. People have come to understand how to care for nature with correct views, knowing that burning paper money of incenses is not the right way to worship the deities. Indeed, the most important thing is to have sincere piety in our hearts.

Instead of burning incense, we should harbor sincere piety, and we need to do so at all times. Having sincere piety in our hearts is what it truly means to show reverence to the deities. We shouldn't be superstitious. Rather, we should have correct faith and views, and we need to do good and inspire others to do the same. Never should we do wrong.

We see one of our volunteers. I once shared her story with you. For cosmetic purposes, she consumed rabbit meat and killed over 1,000 rabbits in five years. Thus ,health problems ensued.

I killed many rabbits for the sake of beauty. The retribution I got was that I couldn't sleep well at night and kept having nightmares. I would often wake up, screaming in fear. Also unbearably itchy blisters would appear on my arms. To stop the itchiness, I cut the blisters until they bled.

Later, she joined Tzu Chi and went vegetarian. Then, the blisters on her body healed. This is the story she shared with us in person.

In all, by practicing vegetarianism, we're learning to respect life. We should start with going vegetarian and then inspire others to respect life too. Only when we have respect for life can we truly bring forth our innate goodness to benefit people. She is now highly praised by those who work with her. Her great outcome of cultivation is witnessed by all.

Indeed, ti is essential that everyone emulate the spirit of Bodhisattva and walk the Bodhisattva Path. Yet, no many people walk the Bodhisattva Path. To inspire more to walk the Bodhisattva Path, we need to do what we can with great joy. True principles exist in all things and living beings of the world, and we need to live out the principles by saying good words and doing good deeds at any time any place. Otherwise, it'll be too late to mitigate people's suffering.

Also, we need to purify people's minds and work to inspire goodness in everyone. Although we may not see our efforts pay off in a short time, we still have to do our best.

We also need to heighten our vigilance as many areas in Houston are still under water, and another strong hurricane is approaching. The floodwaters have yet to recede, and heavy rainfall is likely to hit again. This is really very worrying.

Besides flooding, the U.S. is battling wildfires. It's really hard to describe the disastrous floods and fires that the U.S. is suffering from. Although the U.S. is a large country, such large-scale disasters are too much to bear. Such is impermanence as taught by Buddha. We really need to awaken to life's truths. Only then can we have a harmonious society and a clean environment. I hope we can all live with sincere piety.

Our volunteers in the U.S. are now working in groups and collaborating with with local governments to offer aid.

Tzu Chi is one of the main organizations approved to provide relief. So, a mayor contacted our volunteer, Mr. Ling, hoping that Tzu Chi could offer 500 blankets to those who will stay at a newly-established shelter. I'm also truly grateful that a local entrepreneur offered to transport the blankets by private jet.

Texas is a large state and most of it is flooded. We need more volunteers to join us. We see that local volunteers in the U.S. are not enough as the country is coping with such large-scale disasters. In this moment, with so many devastating and large-scale disasters affecting vast areas, the U.S. needs volunteers who can give.

Recently, I often say that we should be highly vigilant as peace and safety does not last forever. In addition, we should work hard every day to purify people's minds and understand the great way of Truth. This is what everyone needs in life. Everyone should learn the Dharma diligently, realize life's truths, and live their lives to the fullest by walking the Bodhisattva Path.

In times of peace and safety, we need to share the Dharma with those around us and guide them to walk the Bodhisattva Path with us so that when disasters strike, we can support and care for one another and weather the suffering together. This is what we need to do every day. I truly wish and encourage everyone to learn the Dharma so we can share the same understanding and work together for the common good.

If we have no consensus, how can we have collective action? This is what we need to always keep in mind.
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