Today we discuss this topic to assess our mind and soul, assess ourselves to understand what we should not do, what we must do, and be aware of what we have to try to develop and promote.
Everyone is trying to live right. Really! It is true. If we did not try to live right, and always made mistakes and committed sins, bad consequences would have happened. When we made mistakes, others would look down on us, or even worse, we might have been punished by law, leading us to a miserable live. And speaking of religious beliefs, the law of Cause and Effect will always govern and direct our lives. The retribution will come to us in many afterlives “As ye sow, so shall ye reap”.
“It is not possible to benefit from all our blessings”- This statement has been passed down from our Patriarchs, Highly Honored Monks to the present generation. Today, we will thoroughly disseminate this statement to ascertain its meaning. Once we gain understanding of this statement, we will be able to avoid many mistakes in our life and our application/practice will be more seamless.
One of the special characteristics of human beings which other living creatures can never have is thirst for knowledge. We talk about UNKNOWN so that we can speak of KNOWING.
There is a French saying: “Vouloir c’est pouvoir” (meaning you’ll get what you want). However, according to the points of view from Buddhism, not everything we want would become reality because of karma, the law of Cause and Effect. It also depends on the amount of blessings we have accumulated from many past lives.
In the preface of Lotus Sutra, it is said that when the aura of Buddha appeared, the assembly relied on the power and the aura of Buddha to see countless realms of other Buddhas in the universe, in which Buddha and Bodhisattva were preaching to sentient beings, drawing very beautiful pictures. The aura of the Shakyamuni Buddha shocked all the realms it reached. Buddhas of those realms sent their attendants to this Saha world to visit and pay homage to Shakyamuni Buddha. Among those greetings, there was a question, "It is said that beings of this Saha world are very stubborn. Is it difficult for you to teach them?"