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2014.04.12 The Sixteen Views [Part 5]

posted Apr 10, 2014, 8:45 AM by Seminar Coordinator   [ updated Apr 12, 2014, 1:12 PM ]

SNN 2014.04.12

Discussion Topics

  1. "Life does not last long. Birth and death are only moments; in between we must live. This time is the most important."  Master counts "this time" by the second...being Grateful for each and every second and making each count.  What do you think gives us the ability to feel grateful for every second?  Is it something that we can just decide to do or must we work for it over time?
  2. "One ponders, "Why was I born to this family?" We may take issue over where and how we were born. "Why was I born in this condition? Why was I born to these parents? Why did I have to grow up in this environment?" We compare our condition to that of other people. We keep complaining and are dissatisfied. This the View of Birth. It means that we are not satisfied with anything in this life. Complaints and ignorance keep arising."   How can we lessen this tendency in our everyday lives?  Practical things that you do (or can do) to reduce this habitual practice of our current society.
  3. "Having learned the Budda-Dharma, if one still does not diligently work among people to accumulate virtue, one becomes a solitary oultivator working to only benefit oneself."   Master continues to say: How can we accumulate virtue? We must do it working among people, not practicing in solitude.  This is a monumental distinction of the Tzu Chi School of Buddhsim and almost all other Buddhist understandings in the World.  Share your thoughts on the above and how you can/could/do talk about this distinction when introducing Tzu Chi to others....  

2014.04.12 SNN Wisdom at Dawn Transcript

Seminar Coordinator,
Apr 10, 2014, 8:45 AM