What is the purpose of life?

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-04-11 09:38:06
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All those who have glorified, enlightened and warmed the world are excellent role models for us. Despite distance in space and time between them and us, we still feel a connection with them in soul and their glory helps us find our stray heart.

Q: I feel that there has always been a thirst for love in the depth of my heart, and sometimes I feel cold inside. I’ve never felt care or love from my family. How can I solve this problem with the help of Buddha Dharma? 

A: You are not numb, yet you do not know how to appreciate and express loving care. It is probably because no one taught you that in your childhood. Despite all that, you can still learn it right now. You can always find enthusiastic and kind teachers, elders or friends around you. Learn from them and give warmth to other, your heart will become warm and bright. 


Q: Greetings Master! I am a female fresh. My parents and I are all Buddhists. My mother is very strict with me. On holidays, we usually stay at home to practice Buddhism and do housework. We rarely have fun or watch TV. When my roommates are chatting, they seldom speak to me, for we have no common interest. The thing is, living in my own small enclosed world, I always feel isolated and depressed. Master, please tell me what I should do? Thank you! 

A: If you want to communicate with them, you can always find some topics in study and life. The feeling of loneliness stems, above all, from the fact that you have excluded yourself from the community. People-to-people relationship is reciprocal; if you strive to make changes, others will feel your good intention gradually. For example, you can take initiative in helping them fetch a bottle of boiled water or buy a meal; it can be an opportunity to break the ice. 

Pay more visits to monasteries, if possible, to get close to the teachers and fellow practitioner there. Do not learn Buddhism in a rigid manner; instead, do it vivaciously. The better you learn it, the more you feel at ease. You can also communicate with your parents frankly and let them know the difficulties you face in school. 


Q: Master, I pay little attention to my appearance and do not like to buy new clothes even for the celebration of Spring Festival. It is not because I have no free time, but because I feel quite content with the few clothes I possess. Yet, my younger brother remarked that my dressing was pitiful and he even felt sorry for me. My colleagues mistakenly believe that I become sloppy as a result of Buddhist learning. Master, am I learning Buddhism on the wrong track? Have I become a pretend Buddhist (a person who appears to have let go of attachment, yet is virtually lazy and passive in life and at work)? Thank you and most humble greetings Master! 

A: Buddhist learners are not supposed to go to extremes, become eccentric, tend to find faults in others, deliberately stand aloof from the “corrupted environment”. In terms of dressing, we should not seek after fashion or extravagance, nor should we appear sloppy; it is good to dress neatly and in accordance with your status. On the other hand, some people unbridle their greed for fancy clothes on the pretext of “lest others feel uncomfortable”. In one word, whether or not one’s external behavior is right or proper, depends on his or her mind. 


Q: Master, life is such a misery. I cannot find the purpose of my life. 

A: Throughout history countless people have been thinking about the meaning of life. Those with more wisdom explore this issue deeper, thus they have more life energy. All sufferings he has experienced by himself and he has observed in others as well become the impetus of his spiritual growth. 

You may just as well refer to others’ understanding about life. All those who have glorified, enlightened and warmed the world are excellent role models for us. Despite distance in space and time between them and us, we still feel a connection with them in soul and their glory helps us find our stray heart. 
Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:loving care, loneliness, external behavior, mind

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