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Approval & Encouragement
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What the world would be like if no one has the mindset of encouraging or helping out one another? If friends only meet to gossip about other people, or to complain about life and unhappy matters, then the world would indeed like a living hell!
What if though, we all present to others our joyfulness? The world will then bathe in a heaven-like atmosphere.
Approve of others and encourage them when you can. It is also an approval of yourself. If one is in the habit of denying other people, it could be for lack of self-confidence. He does not reflect and examine his heart and mind, and sees only faults of others.
(Translation of “Wisdom Words from JiGong Living Buddha” from Chinese)
Help Others Succeed As Much As You Can
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To help others, you need to have the mentality of giving. You need to show your kindness. You also need to be able to help. The fundamental nature of social intercourse is to continuously, in various forms, assist other people to succeed. Such as sharing your knowledge and resources, time and energy, friendship and affections, and providing value to others. You must know and remember this: helping others is in fact helping yourself. You’ll be happier and made more friends. You’ll receive more friendship, affections, and tolerance in return.
(Translation of “22 habits and traits of world’s richest people, #2” from Chinese)
Hope is for those who are always active and constructive.
Success is for those who keep up to a belief.
Health is for those who nourish their body and mind.
Wealth is for those who are industrious & thrifty yet willing to give.
Joyfulness is for those who are grateful.
Happiness is for those who are content.
Quietness is for those who are comfortable everywhere.
Peacefulness is for those who cherish everything.
Wisdom is for those who learn with a humble attitude.
A mission is for those who are willing to shoulder responsibilities.
Opportunities are for those who are seriously ready.
A lotus seat is for those who perfect their enlightened practice.
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There is a Chinese phrase, 淡泊名利. The direct translation would be “take the fame and financial gains lightly.” It’s not that we cannot have them, but that you don’t see them as necessities to make us happy or satisfied. If we can let go of the temptations of getting them and worries of not able to get them, we’d be happier. We’d have a solid and real life and see things objectively. We’d not become the slaves of fame and money who have less and less happiness in life. Share with you today is the partial notes I have from a temple class.
What is a person? What is the purpose of living?
Build an unordinary life by being an ordinary person
Being unordinary comes from being ordinary. We do what need to be done. Be healthy. Take care of our family. Get our work done well…... You name it. The trick is to cultivate and play each role well. Here are some tips:
To be determined: Reap what you sew. Here’s a quote from our temple: Determined to be a saint or sage and should you be. Determined to be a Buddha and should we be. Determined to be ordinary and should we be. We become what we determine to be.
Four types of persons
Chapter 12 in Laozi Tao Te Ching* (Dao De Jing)
The hues of the five colors blind us from seeing other colors
The five music notes make us deaf from hearing other sounds
The five flavors spoil our taste buds and deprive our mouth of taste
Riding freely in the field makes our mind wild
The rare and strange goods make us desire for them
(The repression of the desires)
Colour's five hues from the eyes their sight will take;
Music's five notes the ears as deaf can make;
The flavours five deprive the mouth of taste;
The chariot course, and the wild hunting waste
Make mad the mind; and objects rare and strange,
Sought for, men's conduct will to evil change.
Therefore the sage seeks to satisfy (the craving of) the belly, and not the (insatiable longing of the) eyes. He puts from him the latter, and prefers to seek the former.
The world is full of material distractions. We often neglect the need of our mind and soul because of those. We see only the item, not the quality. The material need is satisfied but our being is not. Correct this when it’s not too late.
Surprise!!! May discovered an unknown talent during a 2-day trip
From where May finds time to do so many things
Why May attends the temple (Association for Dao Enlightenment) when being so busy
What May did to build her career after immigrating to the United States
May’s family education
Here are May’s Suggestions
When seeing the world from a perspective other than grabbing more power, gaining a higher social status, earning more money, or wanting others to do things our way, we’d find it open up to more opportunities and potentials for us. Let’s go and create our own good fortune and destiny.