Why don't Buddhas and Bodhisattvas show their appearance in this secular world?

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-04-13 09:52:24
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Buddhas and Bodhisattvas embody a certain inner state and a kind of aspiration. As long as we are willing to transform our minds and practice in accordance with the Dharma, we can attain that state. The faith aroused by the sight of miraculous power is neither solid nor perfect; rather, it will yield many adverse effects. The most extraordinary correspondence with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas comes along with growth of wisdom.

Q: Prostrate to Master! What is sincerity? Once I befriended a person, yet, to my dismay, my sincerity was unrequited. Now I am always afraid that others are not sincere with me, so I try to keep a distance with others. I feel like I don't have any true friends. How can I get rid of such negative thoughts? What should I do to encounter genuine friendship? Please instruct me! 

A: We may be cheated or poorly treated by others as a cause of bad karmas we’ve created throughout lives. Even the Buddha was once betrayed by his disciples. Yet it does not mean that all people will cheat you. More importantly, it is your personality that decides what kind of people you meet; you appeal to those of similar personality, just like a magnet's appeal to the magnetic matter. Do not expect something – kindness or friendliness – in exchange when you befriend others. Be a most loyal friend to yourself first; a person of truly high self-esteem sticks to his principle of conduct, in whatever external circumstances. We cannot determine how we are treated, but we can determine how we take responsibility for ourselves. 


Q: Master, why do people set up so many rules and regulations since they prohibit us from being ourselves and restrain our behaviors? We should stay true to our heart, shouldn’t we?

A: “Staying true to the heart” often actually ends up with staying true to one's afflictions and being led by the nose by desires, which brings trouble and anguish to both oneself and others. To stay true to your heart in a real sense, you should firstly have a clear and accurate understanding of your heart, knowing its goodness and defects.


Q: Greetings Master! I've been perplexed by something for long. Suppose I've killed a chick. Is the killing caused by the evil karma the chick created in its previous lives? Or was the chick a random victim in the evil karma I created? I'd appreciate your instruction! 

A: Its being killed is a karmic effect on itself; the evil karma of killing is created by you. 


Q: Many people say they have very extraordinary correspondence with Bodhisattvas. As far as I know, such correspondences most often happen in dreams and are quite inexplicable. I am wondering why Buddhas and Bodhisattvas do not show their appearance in this secular world since they seek to enlighten and deliver all living beings. In that case, people would be very sure and clear about their existence; believers would have a stronger conviction in the Three Jewels; non-believers would be awed and develop a faith in the law of cause and effect; more people would be ready to do good, observe the laws and regulations, and refrain from committing evil. Am I right? Master, please instruct me. 

A: What distinguishes Buddhas and Bodhisattvas from living beings is not their miraculous power, but their bodhi mind. Bodhisattvas are not just the figures in statues or portraits who are adorned with all kinds of jewelries and standing on a lotus-flower; anyone who sacrifices his or her own interests for the sake of others' wellbeing and make great aspirations to do good to the public can be counted a Bodhisattva. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas embody a certain inner state and a kind of aspiration. As long as we are willing to transform our minds and practice in accordance with the Dharma, we can attain that state. The faith aroused by the sight of miraculous power is neither solid nor perfect; rather, it will yield many adverse effects. The most extraordinary correspondence with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas comes along with growth of wisdom. 

Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:sincerity, personality, heart, miraculous power, bodhi mind

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