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.