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2014.05.10 SNN: The Sixteen Views [Part 9]

posted May 10, 2014, 10:25 AM by Chi Hsien   [ updated May 10, 2014, 10:52 AM ]

2014.05.10 The Sixteen Views [Part 9]

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  1. Of the Sixteen Views, the ninth is View of a Doer. 「作」去作善、作惡?多數的凡夫就是生妄念,所行的路,通常都是偏差的路比較多。人與人之間若是心不平衡的時後,和人結了怨或是恨,他就會去動作,去做那種損人不利己的事情。這就是「作者」一定要受罪,這麼簡單的道理大家都知道。 A Doer can do good or evil. Many ordinary people have false thoughts, so they follow erroneous paths. In interpersonal relationships, if they feel bothered by something, they may feel enmity or hatred towards others and do things to harm others which end up harming themselves. In this case, the Doer faces the consequences. We all understand this simple principle.
    • Think back over the past 24 hours, week, month or year:  When you have done something to do harm against others, did it in fact harm yourself?  Please share your thoughts..
  2. Bodhisattvas must have principles. People cannot avoid making mistakes. If they can connect the mistakes with principles and follow the path, their lives will naturally be transformed. Not only can we transform ourselves, we can also influence others to transform.
    • What are a Certified Volunteer's Principles in Tzu Chi?  
  3. There is merit in doing good, whether you do it yourself or get someone else to do it. We can do it ourselves, and we can also lead others to do it. If we abandon our principles and treat others poorly, if evil thoughts arise, whether we harm someone ourselves, or get someone else to harm them, both the doer and the instigator, will suffer the effects. Both create evil.
    • Most Western understandings call this "The Golden Rule"  It is not always easy to follow all the time.  What aspect of Tzu Chi guides and protects us in helping us to follow this in our everyday lives?  There are many, what helps you?