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2013.12.07 Water Repentance: The Ten Fetters (Part 5)

posted Dec 4, 2013, 7:01 AM by Seminar Coordinator   [ updated Dec 4, 2013, 7:02 AM ]

The Ten Fetters (Part 5)

Discussion Topics

  1. We begin with the tale of the monk and rooster who could not tell time and woke everyone at odd hours to cause turmoil and anger.  Master tells us this story to teach us about how volunteers may do the same... If we are calm, then we are very reasonable. But if we are angry, we reject all reason. Some commissioners often go back to their homes and say, "Master taught me this and that, so I will treat you well." But when things are not going well, they lose their tempers. Then, if the husband asks, "What did Master teach you?" the wife answers, "I am taking the day off!"  Your thoughts?  (LOL)
  2. This situation is very common.  What is our goal in Tzu Chi?  If one person is slightly off, like that rooster, they create a great commotion, which leads to widespread comments and gossip. We should know how to teach such a person. We can turn their bad habits into a lesson for ourselves. We should try to patiently influence and teach them, so our group can improve together. To achieve group diligence, we must first control our anger.  Can you see how Master is telling us that the REACTION to someone that causes disturbance is more important than the disturbance itself?  Is this a new way of thinking about how to work in a group for our society?  Your thoughts?
  3. "Everyone, everything is a matter of habit. Habits can be changed. We must be very mindful and correct our bad habits. If we can do so, we make progress in our practice. We must be diligent around other people. We must be understanding of others' lack of training and the existence of residual habits. We must be understanding and forgiving. We must not be angry toward others, or try to cover up our mistakes in front of them. Otherwise, it is our great loss."  How is this our loss?  What happens when we don't follow the above in our lives?  What is it that we lose do you think?


Seminar Coordinator,
Dec 4, 2013, 7:01 AM
Seminar Coordinator,
Dec 4, 2013, 7:01 AM