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 20171118菩薩耕耘布善種Cultivating a Field of Blessings and Sowing the seeds of Love

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發表主題: 20171118菩薩耕耘布善種Cultivating a Field of Blessings and Sowing the seeds of Love   周五 12月 08, 2017 2:38 am

20171118菩薩耕耘布善種Cultivating a Field of Blessings and Sowing the seeds of Love

Yesterday at the Abode, I met with volunteers from Africa. They told me that before they joined Tzu Chi, their life was rather difficult. The Buddha said that life is full of suffering. Suffering comes from the accumulation of karma, which brings about retributions.

Yesterday, they shared with me about a severe thunderstorm in October which caused heavy, wide spread flooding in South Africa.

One of the volunteers who came to be certified was a young man with great aspirations. He has been very diligent since he joined Tzu Chi; he often drives other volunteers to neighboring countries to carry out volunteer work. He’s hardworking and very diligent.

During this flood, his house was also affected. But he believed helping others was his mission, so he put aside his own needs, and joined the relief work by surveying the disaster area and caring for other affectees.

It was very touching that volunteers in his village helping him repair his house after they saw the damage of his house. They all came to help him. See, such is his selfless giving.

Those who love others will be loved by others. The locals love each other as if they were one big family. Although his living condition is difficult, he still volunteers and is very happy each day. This is very rare, especially in a place where people live a hard and poor life. Still, they’re able to love and care for each other; it’s not easy.

Although people in Africa are poor, each Tzu Chi volunteer there can help many people in need around them. They can provide comfort and help them when opportunities arise. Even a handful of rice or donating a coin can help the poor.

So, just one Tzu Chi volunteer can inspire the rich and help the poor around him, fulfilling two goals at once.

In Taiwan, although there are many obstacles in life, some people are very rich while others are not doing so well, but no life is as difficult as the people in Africa. So, when seeing people in suffering, we should seize the opportunity and time to help. If we can gather everyone’s strength together, we can double our strength to help even more people.

Yesterday, volunteers from Mozambique brought with them local 50-cent coins to the Abode; there were a total of 1,000 coins, which were very heavy.

They also brought more than 80 handbags that we made from rice bags to sell for a charity fundraiser. Volunteers from other countries bought their handbags and the money raised would go to the international disaster relief fund.

Using royalties from my publications, I bought these 50-cent coins. They will be placed in red envelopes for their local Year-end Blessings Ceremony. They brought these coins with them, hoping the red envelopes will contain their local coins.

They are 50-cent coins, just like the NT 50 cents from Tzu Chi’s early days. They want carry out the spirit of Tzu Chi. They are very adorable and very mindful. There are volunteers from Africa.

We see red envelopes being made in Taiwan. It means the Year-end Blessings Ceremony is near. Seeing these grains of rice on the red envelopes, each grain is a seed of love; the souvenir coins on the red envelopes come from the royalties of my publications of the year.

But, the royalties aren’t enough to cover the cost of all the red envelopes, so, the cultivators at the Abode help make up the cost. I am grateful to them.

I’m also grateful to the staff from our hospitals; they made the red envelopes mindfully. One must set a correct life direction. With it, we cultivate ourselves in walking the Bodhisattva Path.

This way, this path will be smooth and even, so that the Bodhisattva Path will be wide for more people to walk on. When cultivating a field of blessings, we should keep this field square and even.

We see volunteers in Chengdu, China being very mindful; they make use of the land area to grow rice and vegetables.

A diligent farmer must clear weeds from the land, also remove afflictions from his heart. It looks neat and clear, doesn’t it?

To pick out all the stones from the soil is not so easy. We pick the ones on the surface, but there are more inside the soil. It is like getting rid of our ignorance and afflictions; this is a process of cultivation.

For the environment’s sake, on this plot of land, we use natural farming method, using no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. As a Tzu Chi volunteer and an expert in this field, I insist on this method; it’s my duty.

Having sown seeds in this small plot of land in the spring, they had a harvest in the summer. They harvested 75kg of rice grains. The 75kgs of rice grains carry important meanings.

Volunteers divided them in 75 bags, each weighing one kilogram, and they distributed the rice grains to volunteers in seven provinces. They will make red envelopes with these rice grains.

There cannot be just one Bodhi seed. We must be more mindful to plant this seed, so there will be more sprouting seeds in the future in Gansu Province.

I hope to make red envelopes with my own hands, so the good wishes from me, other Tzu Chi volunteers, and Master can be delivered to the people in Guizhou.

That’s more than 4,600 red envelopes. Then, from these seeds, we will sow more seeds, and I hope that every place will receive the seeds of blessing.

This is truly not easy, as they will have to cultivate diligently the field of blessing. There are many touching stories, all of which are results of our volunteers’ hard working efforts in sowing good seeds.

In our loves, we are fortunate to be able to create blessings and to be wholesome friends for others. When something is right, we should just do it.
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