Experience is a Body of Experiences

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-12-03 11:07:50
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Learn and grow while undertaking. All experience comes from experiences, trials and errors, and even failures. Dare to lose and be wronged.

Q: Master, I am a new comer in my work unit. My supervisor treats me very well and appointed me leader of a team. I want to be a good leader yet I have no experience in terms of leadership or management. I am afraid I cannot lead well. Master, what should I do? Please instruct me.

A: Learn and grow while undertaking your task. All practical knowledge comes from experiences, trials and errors, and even failures. Dare to lose and to be wronged. A key point in leading a team is to make sure every member knows the future prospects of the team and his or her position and obligation to the team. The process of coming together in a team is also a process of maturation. 

Q: Amitabha! Greetings Master! I’ve been working in a corporation for five years. I feel a little upset because my diligence has not earned me any key positions. I’ve been told that it is my diligence that makes colleagues who do not work hard think I have some hidden agenda. In fact, I really have none but just want to do my work well. Please Master, what should I do in these circumstances?

A: Firstly, no effort ever goes to waste. Secondly, be lenient and easygoing towards others while being strict with yourself; don’t rake over the rights and wrongs of the situation.

Q: Humble greetings Master! As far as I'm concerned, Buddhism advocates that the value of life lies in being kind and generous to other living beings. Is this because Buddhism is concerned with samsara and believes that acts of kindness are rewarding? If so then what's the meaning and value of a person's life if he or she does not believe there is samsara? 

A: Every individual life is a part of infinite life. The infinity of life does not just mean a person has previous and future lives: every individual's coming into birth and growth is attributed to the previous generations' rearing and caring; every individual effort, which is valuable for future generations, indicates the infinity of life. What we use and enjoy comes from numerous people's work, and what we do influences people around us, the society and the entire universe as well, which are also facets of infinite life. Only when we see our short and limited life from the perspective of infinite life, can we feel and understand our life's value. To what extent we understand this infinity determines to what extent we understand the value of our life.

Q: Master, you said there is a way to be free from suffering, but I find this an extremely difficult way. Ordinary people's life is dominated by impermanence and may be taken at any instance without mercy. How much effort does it take to transcend our karmic obstructions and reverse our habitual tendencies? On the road of practice we find ourselves going round and round, experiencing countless detours, reverses and stops and starts. It’s like being a tiny pebble or little shrimp thrown back by wave after wave and eventually dying there on the beach. 

A: A Buddhist practitioner should stride ahead without turning back or hesitating. There is no point in discussing how difficult the practice is or how much effort it demands.

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:individual life, infinite life, stride ahead, practical knowledge, experiences

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