To chant sutras is to listen to a report on the practice of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-02-21 07:27:11
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Buddhist scripture is a report on Buddhas and Bodhisattvas' practice. To listen to this report and understand its essential meaning can enhance our wisdom and rid us of afflictions, which is the value of sutra chanting. If you dedicate to others the virtues generated from this practice, others and you as well can get benefit. You should know better than to regard sutras as spells or a wonder drug to all trouble.

Q: Morning, Master! How do I awaken compassion in my mind? I have been suffering mentally in the past ten years, and I've lost labor capacity, consumed by diseases in brain blood vessels and urinary system. How do I break free from such suffering and karmic obstruction? I am only 27 years old, yet my life seems dull and hopeless. 

A: Among the volunteers of Beijing Ren Ai Charity Foundation, some are wheelchair-bound and some children mentally handicapped; compared with most healthy people, they bring along more brightness and strength, move and inspire us more profoundly, and make their own life hugely valuable. Physically handicapped as you are , you can still create kind karma in your mind. Do not think of yourself as a sick person; instead, remind yourself more often "I'm still alive and I must cherish my life!" We do not live to passively endure distress or taste the bitter fruit of past evil karma, but to actively improve the present situation and cultivate a bright future. 


Q: Greetings to Master! I am a gay and often have a fondness for some male colleagues or male friends, with no obscene thought for sure. At the sight of a good-looking man or a man of some merits, I will have an impulse to run up and hold him tightly because the embrace would make me feel quite secure; it occurs to me especially when there is no one but us two at presence. I know I am creating bad karma in such circumstances and exerting a bad influence on others. Master, what should I do, apart from listening to Dharma more, repenting, contemplating the bad effects of my misconducts, and bending to improve myself? I feel as if I am at the point of failing to suppress my impulse. How vexing! Master, Please instruct me. 

A: On the one hand, do not suppress your thoughts, which would be intensified otherwise. Be open and relaxed when a thought arises; stay still and watch it emerging and diminishing. On the other hand, in daily life and at work, do what you are supposed to do; stick to the regular Buddhist learning and practice on a daily basis. In one word, treat your thoughts as dusts brought along and then away by wind. 


Q: My most humble greetings! My roommate told me that she was very depressed and lived in despair, considering her life as a failure. I think she is not a loser at all and her problem is caused by her status as a leftover lady. I am not married, either; occasionally I also feel pessimistic, but not that desperate. Master, what should I do to comfort her? How do I see my own relationships? Is it destined that my Mr. Right is yet to come? Please instruct me. 

A: The value of life should not be judged by a single standard. If we build up our success and happiness on the base of external circumstances, we may obtain temporary satisfaction, yet problems and suffering will be in the wake. We should seek to establish a broader and lofty goal of life. I suggest you take part in some charity work so as to have a more profound understanding of life's value. 


Q: Master, my younger brother is on bad terms with our parents. Can I improve their relationship by chanting sutras? Which sutra should I chant? 

A: Buddhist scripture is a report on Buddhas and Bodhisattvas' practice. To listen to this report and understand its essential meaning can enhance our wisdom and rid us of afflictions, which is the value of sutra chanting. If you dedicate to others the virtues generated from this practice, others and you as well can get benefit. You should know better than to regard sutras as spells or a wonder drug to all trouble. 

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags: value of life, charity work, sutra chanting

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