The key to reviving your heart is to show your kindness

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-03-18 10:02:10
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We often talk about the three steps in studying Buddha Dharma: listening, contemplation and practice. Only when you've contemplated what you have heard, can you possibly put it into practice. Nowadays the biggest problem for most Buddhist learners is a lack of contemplation.

Q: Amitabha! Greetings Master! I started my school days younger than my peers. After I finished elementary study, I skipped middle and high school periods and right now I'm in a college of professional training. I feel very difficult to adapt to the new environment; worse, I appear naive compared with my schoolmates. I always feel unsatisfied with myself and want to be more confident and mature. I began to learn about Buddhism last year, which has helped me a lot. Yet, I still feel inferior. Twenty years old as I am, I feel uneasy when communicating with others. Master, please instruct me. 

A: Be a learner when communicating with people, and do not think much about how you appear or whether you look unconfident. 


Q: Master, I can feel my arrogance in my thoughts and behaviors. I hate it but cannot find a way to get rid of it. Master, please instruct me. 

A: Ignorance is a coarse and fierce affliction, resulting from by a serious deficency in self-understanding. The more you learn and do, the more you'll understand yourself, the more humble your heart will become. 


Q: I often feel depressed. I hate to be disturbed so much so that sometimes I don't even want to answer phone calls and if others pursue me, I feel they are disturbing me. I just enjoy the feeling of being by myself. On the other hand, my heart is gnawed by the feeling of loneliness. Master, how do I get rid of this painful feeling? 

A: Even if you lead a solitary life, you should keep a tender heart, and do some good deeds every day. For example, volunteer to sweep a snowy road, in wintertime, leave a little food for birds in some secluded place, pick up a bike which has been blown over by strong winds, give a word of encouragement to someone who gets frustrated, and so on. The key to reviving your heart is to show your kindness. 


Q: Greetings Master. I can understand all the virtuous teachings, but it's so difficult to put them into practice! Please have mercy on me and instruct me! 

A: You've only understood the teachings on a literal level rather than truly understanding them. That's why your mind stays unchanged and you find it hardto convince yourself to make the right choices. We often talk about the three steps in studying Buddha Dharma: listening, contemplation and practice. Only when you've contemplated what you have heard, can you possibly put it into practice. Nowadays the biggest problem for most Buddhist learners is a lack of contemplation. 

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:inferiority, a learner, arrogance, a tender heart, contemplation

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