Pointing at the moon with or without a finger

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-08-11 19:13:44
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All forms of Buddha Dharma aim to resolve problems of the mind. They do not set up concepts for the sake of concepts, nor do they establish sects and schools for the sake of sects and schools. Take pointing at the moon as an example: We can point at the moon with a finger, a twig or a chopstick. There’s no need to haggle over the tool as long as the moon can be seen.

Q: Shifu, I have lost confidence in life and I don’t want to face reality, nor do I like to associate with others or got work. What should I do?  I’m so confused!

A: You could find a monastery and live there for a few days, or you could volunteer to do some charitable work. In short, through contact with the outside world you can reflect on what kind of path you should take in life. Escaping is never a solution; instead, you have to find your inner strength.


Q: Shifu, I pay homage to you! I’m really troubled by jealousy! How can we broaden our minds? Although I know in theory that we should work for the benefit of all sentient beings, in my present condition I cannot make this aspiration arise.

A: We should continuously make resolutions and continuously carry out our practice. Without a cause, how can the result be obtained? Our problem is often that we lose our determination to cultivate the cause before seeing the result.


Q: Shifu, I seek your advice. Recently my husband has become quite bad-tempered. He gets angry very quickly over trivial things, becomes hostile towards others and curses those to whom he has taken a disliking. Shifu, what can I do to help him get rid of his hostility and bring him to a state of calm and kindness? Thank you Shifu! 

A:You should learn the reason behind his fluctuating moods and see what he needs. Emotional outbursts come from a low level of inner energy. Therefore, positive energy needs to be introduced, just as a cellphone which has run out of power needs to be recharged. If you want to help him, first and foremost, you should not be influenced by his moods and should keep a calm and peaceful manner yourself. If your energy is strong enough, people around you will gradually be influenced.  


Q: Greetings Master! The Buddha Dharma is as vast as the open sea, but each person’s understanding is at a different level. Even within the same group of practitioners, there are different views. As a result, I feel overwhelmed. Sometimes I think about how there are eight-four thousand schools of thought regarding the Dharma and a great forest of different sects, and yet the Dharma is more and more in decline. Supposing there were only a few sects and schools of thought, it might be easier for ordinary people to understand and accept, and the current situation would not be so confused. I feel so perplexed. Master, please instruct me!

A: All forms of Buddha Dharma aim to resolve problems of the mind. They do not set up concepts for the sake of concepts, nor do they establish sects and schools for the sake of sects and schools. Take pointing at the moon as an example: We can point at the moon with a finger, a twig or a chopstick. There’s no need to haggle over the tool as long as the moon can be seen.

Editor:Nina
Tags:outside world, inner strength, cause, result, energy, mind

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