Virtue and Evil (I)

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2016-04-21 09:10:15
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Buddhism states that all conducts which can benefit oneself and others at present and in the future are good.The range of “others” and the level of “benefit” vary, hence different levels of goodness.

Q: Master, virtue is always rewarded and evil punished. However, what is the standard to distinguish virtue from evil? The same thing that I judge as evil might be virtue in others’ view.

A: Buddhism states that all conducts which can benefit oneself and others at present and in the future are good. This standard is built upon the premise of the infinite life.


Q: But a conduct that benefits oneself and others does not necessarily benefit everyone.

A: The range of “others” and the level of “benefit” vary, hence different levels of goodness. That is why we learn the Buddha dharma to broaden our mind and accumulate wisdom.


Q: Master, what is wholesomeness exactly? Why is it so difficult to find a wholesome thing to do every day?

A: Even a thought which is purely for the interest of others is wholesome. Good thoughts can lead to good deeds anywhere. A heartfelt praise for others and a friendly smile to a stranger are also wholesome.


Q: Master, could you tell me how to distinguish a good person from a bad one? Is it right to say that we should try to be a good person no matter whether the other is good or bad?

A: There is no absolute good or bad, virtuous or evil. What matters is to cultivate the spirit of great compassion as the Bodhisattvas do for the sake of all beings.


Editor:He Yingxin
Tags:virtue, evil, wholesome

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