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Who do you want to be?


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Buddha on the hillWhen Buddha Shakyamuni taught the Mystic Law of Lotus Sutra (the sutra of cause and effect) to his disciples, he used many parables.  The following is one of them:

Once upon a time, there was a rich old man who owned many properties.  His regret was that his son was not around to inherit his properties.  His son ran away from home many decades ago to create his own life.  One day the down-and-out son came to his father’s estate looking for a job, but he did not recognize his father.  The father recognized his son and gave him some tests.

First he assigned the son very low jobs such as cleaning the bathrooms and chamber pots throughout house.  The son did his job without any complaint.  He was grateful that he had a job.  The son was also honest and did not steal any of the old man’s rich belongings, even though he was presented with opportunities.

The son really won the old man’s heart.  When the old man was on his deathbed, he summoned his son and announced that all his properties went to the son.

This is an example of doing the best you can during adversities.  Be grateful about whatever you have.  When the time comes, you will receive an abundance of reward unexpectedly.

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We human beings tend to gravitate toward negative thoughts.  According to Buddhism, every life event is positive because it provides us with an opportunity to learn, grow and expand.

Everyone is our teacher in life.  Some manifested as positive teachers, while others manifested as negative teachers.  Dealing with negative teachers requires more wisdom and energy.  However, once we learn the lesson, we elevate ourselves to a higher level of spiritual being.

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We are shaped by our thoughts.  We become what we think.  When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.

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Once upon a time, a poor man complained to Buddha, “No matter what I did, I failed. Why?”

Buddha replied: “Because you never give.”

The poor man answered, “I am so poor.  I don’t have a penny to give.”

Buddha educated the poor man, “You can give in many ways without money.  For example,

1)     Give your smile: Whatever and whoever you encounter, smile.

2)     Give your good words:  Talk to and about people with good words.  Motivate people to do positive things with your good words.

3)     Give your kind heart: Be considerate and caring of others.

4)     Give your passionate eyes:  Look at others with understanding, passionate, and loving eyes.

5)     Give your physical assistance: Offer physical assistance whenever appropriate.  Set a good example for people to follow.

6)     Give your seat: Offer your seat to people who need it more than you do.

7)     Give your sensitivity: Be sensitive to the need of others, and offer your help before they ask.”

The poor man bowed with humility….

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