Changing minds is the way to change lives and obtain ultimate happiness

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-03-07 07:07:26
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We can change our lives and finally obtain ultimate liberation, through changing our minds. This practice is totally different from adjusting mentality in the secular world. Buddhist cultivation of the mind is not a delusion or an escape you use to console yourself. It's not the spirit of Ah Q. Only when you've grasped the true meaning of Buddhism and its full picture through Dharma learning, can you have a correct understanding of Buddhist practice and then change your destiny in a most profound way.

Q: Venerable Master, there are so much suffering in life, which we cannot avoid. Buddhism teaches us to withdraw from worldly affairs. Is it to cultivate an open mind or is it an escape from the reality? I really want to leave this miserable world, but I'm alive now and here. So what I can do is to change my own mind. Sometimes I can see through the world, without any attachment; yet sometimes I feel very bad and suffer a lot. 

A: Buddhism is not intended to create a calm mind. Instead, it guides us to transcend suffering and attain ultimate happiness in a true sense. According to the Buddhist view of time and space, life is infinite; and Buddhist world view maintains that the external world and our internal world are two sides of a coin – where there is no mind, there is no things. Be it subjective or objective in the secular world, in Buddhism anything is self-related. Therefore, we can change our lives and finally obtain ultimate liberation, through changing our minds. This practice is totally different from adjusting mentality in the secular world. Buddhist cultivation of the mind is not a delusion or an escape you use to console yourself. It's not the spirit of Ah Q. Only when you've grasped the true meaning of Buddhism and its full picture through Dharma learning, can you have a correct understanding of Buddhist practice and then change your destiny in a most profound way. 


Q: Master, people around me say I don't have a strong presence; they probably feel I'm not confident. I know I look weak. Master, is that because I lack inner strength, or because I lack blessings and wisdom? Master, what should I do to have a strong presence? 

A: Your karma brings forth your presence. If you've created karma that benefits other people, your presence will naturally be esteemed and well received. As an old Chinese saying goes, a person of high virtues and noble characters enjoys high prestige. Diligently cultivate your virtues and create virtuous karma through your behavior, speech and mind, and you will obtain supreme blessings even if you do not seek them. 


Q: Master, why a simple chanting of the names of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas can generate immeasurable virtues and blessings? 

A: Different words arouse different presence. When you read a poem, you feel as the poet felt; when you speak offensive words or curse, your inner peace will be disturbed; when you think of your parents, you’ll experience family affection. The names of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, also a combination of words, represent the compassion and wisdom of the Three Jewels. When chanting their names, the chanter’s mind matters. A devoted Buddhist believer's chanting is different in meaning and value from that of a person who has no conviction. 


Q: Most humble greetings Master! My abhorrence of evil is going a bit far. What should I do? 

A: Your original intention is fine, but your mind is contaminated with hatred, which is in itself a kind of evil. If you allow this evil to increase and sprawl in the name of justice, you will fall into another circle of evil. If you want to help others eliminate afflictions and stop creating bad karma in a real sense, you need to have your own afflictions eliminated first. Remember that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas' benefiting others and purifying themselves supplement each other and neither of them is dispensable. You can start with small things in daily life, cultivating compassion and taming your hot temper. 

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags: presence, feelings, abhorrence of evil

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