Peace comes through mental cultivation, not through avoidance.

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-08-25 10:09:12
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Peace that comes through avoidance is not true peace. Under these circumstances, the mind cannot bear even a little turbulence. One ought to be able to maintain a peaceful mind even in a chaotic and bustling situation. This kind of mind is full of strength. An attitude of facing up to the world while cultivating the mind is superior to one of avoidance.

Q: Master, why is it that my temper has been getting worse since I became a Buddhist?

A: Take some time to reflect on yourself. Are you more critical of those around you? Do you feel that you are right about just about everything while others are often wrong or foolish? This is a rather common mistake made by Buddhist beginners. You judge others by Buddhist principles rather than practicing according to the Buddha’s teachings yourself. Once you are over this hurdle, you will learn to apply the teachings to yourself and change your behavior. This is when the journey begins.


Q: Master, why is it that those who are kind are not rewarded with kindness? There is so much ugliness in human nature. What is the point of having integrity, kindness, and altruism?  

A: Firstly, it is a false assumption that kind people are not rewarded with kindness. What we know about a person is largely superficial, even without considering his karmic causes and effects in previous lives. Every one of us has created an incalculable quantity of karma, some of which is virtuous and some vicious. Whichever karma is ready causes the corresponding consequence. Karma never misses. It is only a matter of time. 
Secondly, there are two sides to humanity. One is ugly while the other is beautiful. Seeking kindness and abandoning evil is in human nature and is the path to happiness. 

Q:  Dear Master, I have been studying Buddhism for one year now. I feel that I have changed in many aspects for the better. However, I am having issues with my son. He is a high school junior who is obsessed with games. All he does is sleep and play games. I try to talk to him but he won’t listen. I tried to recite sutras and dedicate the merit to him. This does not seem to work either. I  feel so helpless. What should I do?

A: Take your time. Continue with your own practice to build good virtues and gain more wisdom. This will help you get along with your son and identify appropriate opportunities to guide him along the way. Education is a lengthy process much like the cultivation of a sapling. You cannot make him into what you want to see. Growth has to happen over time at its own pace. 


Q: Amitabha, Master! After graduation, I lived in a remote rural village for 3 years. I had very limited contact  with the outside world  to the extent that I don’t know how to get along with others. This year I returned to engage with society, but I find that I am not stimulated by work, and that I have an aversion for the sycophancy in society and what passes for worldly wisdom. I feel like I don’t belong to this world. 

A: Peace that comes through avoidance is not true peace. Under these circumstances, the mind cannot bear even a little turbulence. One ought to be able to maintain a peaceful mind even in a chaotic and bustling situation. This kind of mind is full of strength. An attitude of facing up to the world while cultivating the mind is superior to one of avoidance. 


Editor:Bella Liu
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