Small Joys in Life

From:Voice of Longquan      Author:Voice of Longquan      Time:2017-11-26 15:32:55
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When someone has strongly negative feelings towards themselves, it is just like being engulfed in a mass of clouds. Find value in your life through positive interactions with the external environment. It is very good to try to do a few good things for those around you every day, even if these are just small actions such as holding a door open for others, moving earthworms from the pavement to the soil on rainy days and so on.

Q: Master, I have one question. I was born in 1992, meaning that I am relatively young compared with other Buddhist disciples, and don’t have much life experience. Does the extent of someone’s experience effect their understanding of the Dharma.

A: People have different natural capacities. Someone with a superior capacity will understand the meaning of impermanence while watching a fading flower; someone with an inferior capacity will only be touched by an extremely abrupt and dramatic situation.


Q: Hello Master! I dislike myself very much, from my body and looks to my personality and emotional intelligence, and even my voice- I even hate myself when I hear my own voice talking or laughing. I have utterly no interest in the world, and also no joy in life. I just want to hurry to reach the end of life. I know that I don’t find enough to value in the world but I cannot control this weariness, and feel so tired and pitiful.

A: When someone has strongly negative feelings towards themselves, it is just like being engulfed in a mass of clouds, without the ability to see any light and unable to find hope. Many people have this kind of painful experience. Face it directly, accept it, and don’t blame yourself! Firstly, go to see a doctor. Secondly, you can gradually find value in your life through positive interactions with the external environment. It is very good to try to do a few good things for those around you every day, even if these are just small actions such as holding a door open for others, moving earthworms from the pavement to the soil on rainy days and so on. 


Q:  Greetings Master! For 49 years Shakyamuni Buddha, the World-Honored One, taught many different paths to the Dharma, but in the end he claimed that he did not teach any doctrine at all. Why is this? Please could you explain. Thank you!  

A: The purpose of teaching the Dharma is always to alleviate the afflictions of living beings. The purpose of the saying “did not teach any doctrine” is to reduce attachment to the Dharma. When the stage of ultimate enlightenment is reached, then there is no Dharma.


Q: My humble greetings to you master! I would like to request your advice. Can “ill will” also create bad karma? If this ill will is purely mental and without any spoken or physical actions, will there be some retribution? If I get bullied by someone or even have someone insult my parents, how can I keep from having any ill will. Thank you master!

A: Ill will is a seed. At present it may refrain from causing any effect, but, if it is not uprooted, what about the next time, and the time after that? It’s power can become stronger and stronger. No matter how much grounds you have for bearing ill will, the results will harm others and harm yourself. If you have the power to prevent other people’s evil words and deeds you should do so. Otherwise, try to stay away from them or seek protection from a third party. Think regularly about karma and its effects and cultivate a more long-term view of life. In this way you will have the ability to stay calm and rational despite your immediate circumstances.

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:natural capacities, negative feelings, teaching the Dharma, ill will

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