- A person’s
life always includes bitterness as well as happiness and it intermingles and
manifests their presence throughout one’s lifetime.
- (a) Life’s
most bitter and painful encounters :
- (1) The
greatest sadness in a man’s life is to have a spiteful wife and a not filial
- (2) The most
wicked thing is to have someone repay one’s kindness with injury.
- (3) The
greatest misery is to be in an extremely distressed state.
- (4) The most
disheartening thing is for one’s friend and family to abandon him.
- (5) The
greatest frustration is to have success snatched from one’s easy grip.
- (6) The
greatest regret is to let one’s words or actions stray into the wrong.
- (7) The most
exhausting thing is to be under tremendous mental pressure.
are the most painful and bitter encounters of a person’s life.
most tragic fates:
- All of
life’s accumulated virtues can be destroyed by just one vice, just like a bird
in its ardent search for food is suddenly seized by a predator. All such tragic
instances are caused by greed. To get bullied or be killed by unnatural means,
to get caught up in natural and human caused disasters, war and ruthless
destruction…these are the most tragic fates of a person’s life.
- (c) Life’s
most unavoidable circumstances.
- (1) The pain
of not having what one desires to have or unobtainable.
- (2) The pain
of being separated from the one you love most of all.
- (3) The pain
of feeling bitterness toward someone.
- (4) Illness,
hunger, struggling for food, working hard for fame and profit, anxiety about the
burdens of family…
- These are
the most unavoidable things in a person’s life and the constant rule of life.
- (a) One
should have an awareness of the impermanent and not to emphasize on material
life, be eager in one’s pursuit of Truth, be willing to sacrifice oneself in
order to serve the people so that they can transcend the cycle of rebirth. Vow
to cease one’s endless worries and vexations and cultivate oneself although
there may be no end to such a road and aim for what Buddhas have achieved though
the goal may seen very lofty or far. Make oneself happy even when in a very
bitter environment and turn the suffering into wisdom, severe confusion and
learn from the Buddhas, wipe out karma and do good deeds. In this way one’s
whole life won’t pass by in vain.
- (b) Ones who
have the ability to help others should do so eagerly and ones who have wealth
should make donations and help people generously. Those endowed with high morals
should influence and reform others.
- So the
happiest thing in the world is to do good deeds, to help others and to have a
- The great
saint Mencius said,
- The man of
perfect virtues has three sources of happiness.
- i) That his
parents and siblings are still living
- ii) He feels
righteous even before God
- iii) He
surrounds himself with talented people and is able to educate them.
- These are
the delights that virtuous men desire.
- Make the
devil your enemy but do not make people your enemy.
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