Lay Buddhists' Buddhist learning should be guided by Sangha

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-03-30 09:56:57
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Lay Buddhists' Buddhist learning should be guided by Sangha. If they learn Buddhism on their own and at random, they will never get access to the systematic and integrated Buddhism and their learning is likely to give rise to more affliction. Sangha's guidance apart, it is important to be clear about the panorama of the path to enlightenment and about where we are currently. Only when we connect our immediate objectives with our ultimate goal, can we go ahead on the path, steadfast and assured.

Q: Greetings Master! I've always been being haunted by unpleasant past experiences, even a small incident would remind me of my unhappy childhood. I hate to be like this, and I want to be an optimistic person. But there seems no hope. I should know better than to resent my parents, however, I just cannot forgive them; I suffer a lot and cannot leave behind the painful memories. I've practiced copying Buddhist scriptures for a long time, yet to my dismay, the situation does not improve. I think I will never live happily. 

A: You don't need to force yourself to forgive your parents, since you cannot do it. If you can accept the fact that they have done something wrong, you will feel light-hearted. Parents are entitled to make mistakes since them are not Buddhas; you are entitled to feel vexed since you have not attained Buddhahood, either. Firstly, try to accept what it is, do not push yourself too hard and relax. Then think more about your goal for future and make it a guide for your actions. Actually, you know what to do and you can make it. Do not live in the past. 


Q: Most humble greetings to Master! Sometimes I notice some weird evil thoughts popping up in my mind; they seem to be a defiance. I want to know what mentality brings about the thoughts. What should I do in response? How do I reduce and eradicate them? I'd appreciate your instruction. 

A: There are innumerable seeds of affliction in our minds. We never know which seed will pop up under what circumstances. Buddhist practice is to have afflictions removed and wisdom increased. When our wisdom increase, we suffer less accordingly.  


Q: Most humble greetings Master! Would you please give instruction on how lay Buddhists should learn Dharma and how they strike a balance between secular life and Buddhist learning and practice? Prostrate to Master! 

A: Lay Buddhists' Buddhist learning should be guided by Sangha. If they learn Buddhism on their own and at random, they will never get access to the systematic and integrated Buddhism and their learning is likely to give rise to more affliction. Sangha's guidance apart, it is important to be clear about the panorama of the path to enlightenment and about where we are currently. Only when we connect our immediate objectives with our ultimate goal, can we go ahead on the path, steadfast and assured. 


Q: I broke up with my lover. How do I get through? Amitabha! 

A: Apart from love affair, there are many other things to take care of in life. You suffer because you have some attachment to this single matter, which is just a wave in the broad river of life. Devote some time and energy to other things, you'll be freed more easily. 


Editor:Bella Liu
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