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 20171102 - 改往歸真淨濁世Transforming the World by Transforming Our Minds

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發表主題: 20171102 - 改往歸真淨濁世Transforming the World by Transforming Our Minds   周四 11月 16, 2017 1:53 pm

20171102 - 改往歸真淨濁世Transforming the World by Transforming Our Minds

Recently, I have been emphasizing that we must live with sincere piety and vigilant care because the many natural and manmade disasters have been bringing suffering to more and more people in the world.

So, when we are safe and well, we need to harbor gratitude within. Let us harbor gratitude within and pray that there’ll be no disasters or suffering in the world.

It is truly heartrending to see people suffering around the world.

Over two months have passed since Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction with its strong winds and the floods it caused. Since then, Tzu Chi members have been bringing care to those affected.

Many families were affected, so we gave them material aid to help them settle down both mentally and physically. In addition, to inspire them to give with love, we shared with them the story behind our coin banks, hoping that they can also save what they can in the coin banks to help others.

The hurricane has brought great suffering, and Tzu Chi members care for them with love and sincere piety, so it is not hard to imagine how moved and grateful they are.

I’m truly grateful that Tzu Chi members in the U.S. sow blessings for people by reaching out. They are truly living bodhisattvas who go to people’s aid in their times of suffering and care for them both mentally and physically without expecting anything in return.

Tzu Chi members in the U.S. have been conducting relief work for over two months. They’re truly admirable, and I’m grateful to them. They are indeed living bodhisattvas.

Also, it’s been over a month since Tzu Chi members went to Mexico to conduct disaster relief.

While carrying out the relief work, we also encourage those affected to attend our volunteer training, and we interact with them with genuine love.

Inspired, they realize that they can also give back through helping others in need. This is how we encourage those affected to liven up and give of themselves to relieve suffering.

Many of those affected go with Tzu Chi members to visit others affected by the quake, and they come to realize that there are people worse off and that they are still able to serve to relieve people’s suffering. Inspired by our volunteers’ love and sincerity, many of the locals join our rank willingly.

It’s rare that we offer volunteer training while conducting disaster relief. With more and more people volunteering with us, we hope that they can undergo volunteer training for a few days so that they can understand Tzu Chi’s spirit and core values. This is how Tzu Chi members inspire people around the world to walk the Bodhisattva Path.

The relief work is still underway, and I’m truly grateful.

We also see how a young man’s family fell apart after he began to use drugs.

I used to be an outlaw. I’m very grateful to Master. Thanks to Tzu Chi, I am no longer a wayward son to my mom.

I’m very grateful. Just now my son said that he is 45. For up to 42 years, I kept to myself because I felt ashamed that my son was an outlaw. I didn’t want to talk about him in front of others. But now he’s changed, and I’m proud of him.

I vow to do all I can to help and guide prison inmates so there’ll be fewer people doing bad and more people joining Tzu Chi.

We see Mr. Chen. He not only volunteers with Tzu Chi but has also vowed to help ex-prisoners to change their lives for the better. He founded a business where ex-prisoners can work and start their lives anew.

After a flood in the larger Taipei area this year, he led his employees to help with recovery work.

On June 4, I was informed that we’d set out for relief work the next day. The next morning, when I saw so many Tzu Chi members helping out. I was quite overwhelmed with awe. I’d never felt like that before and I was truly moved to see them work so hard, carry muddy things on their back, and give their all.

Is the mud from a landslide dirty? No, it’s not really dirty. (As ex-prisoners,) our inner world may have been dirtier. Through the cleanup work, I hope that they could also clear away their ignorance within while removing the mud and debris.

After we were back from the cleanup work, all I told them was that it was probably the most dignified moment in their lives when Tzu Chi members lined up and gratefully shook hands with them before we left. I think for them, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

They feel respected. They think helping people is very meaningful so they are willing to join our rank. See how Tzu Chi members cultivate both blessings and wisdom so that they can go amongst people, reach out to those who suffer, and find suitable ways to relieve their suffering.

The ex-prisoners have started their lives anew and have become our volunteers. The Buddha taught us that we must have faith in ourselves because we all have the same Buddha nature. It is not difficult to return to our innate Buddha nature if we are determined to change our wrong ways. If we can change how we live and think, naturally, our world will also be in balance.
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