How to face the atmosphere from life?

From:Voice of longquan     Author:Voice of longquan     Time:2018-01-31 17:12:01
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Seeking outward cannot lead you to true inner happiness, and happiness is not contingent on external circumstances.

Q: Master, what things are truly essential  to life ?

A: Those things  which can't be changed by death.

Q: Humble greetings Master! My favourite  set of collectibles was broken by my mom who got mad for no apparent reason.  I contained my rage at that moment, but I can't let go of the loss. What should I do, Master?

A: Regard the matter as a blessing which is bestowed by Bodhisattvas and meant to help you let go of your attachment.

Q: Master, I am somewhat confused. I feel anxious whenever I see people my age  round about me doing well, both in their relationships and careers, because, unlike them, I have almost nothing at all to show for  my hard work. Have I not made enough effort? I encourage myself every day to work hard, but I feel lost and low. What should I do?

A: Anxiety is brought about by your comparing yourself with others. You focus on what you lack and what others possess;  so you become blind to what you have, and to what others worry about. As a result, you become cocooned by feelings  of failure, imperfection and loneliness. Because you’ve been seduced by this mirage  of a happy life, you’re desperately seeking  the lives that others have. l However, you don’t realize that, to the person who lives it, the existence you seek probably seems like a prison they want to break out of.

Looking outward cannot lead you to true inner happiness, and happiness is not contingent on external circumstances for there are a great many people who do well in their relationships and in their careers yet live in depression. People’s anxiety stems from  simplistic value systems and  narrow worldviews; they are thus confined by some concepts, unable to see the real way out leading towards freedom.
Try to get to know  people who live in various different conditions. Many, who seemingly don’t have the ‘necessary conditions to be happy’, live confident and happy lives. What is their philosophy of life? Remove  whatever is obstructing your eyes first, and you will have a broad view and see more future possibilities. 

Q: What is Buddha Dharma?

A: Buddha Dharma is the cognitive pattern and the way of thinking of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

Tags:the vital of life; anger; anxiety

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