In the stillness of a dark starry night, just before the breaking of dawn, Shakyamuni Buddha attained Enlightenment under a bodhi tree – penetrating all the laws governing the universe. But the great truth that the Buddha awakened to is that all living beings possess this same capacity for enlightenment. In fact, such awakening is living beings' true nature. It is our truest, most natural, and original state.
Photo by Peter Lin Recognizing the inherent equality of all living beings, and having gratitude, love, and respect for each and every person – these are core values in Buddhism, and very important teachings to practice. Dharma Master Cheng Yen Yet how can we awaken a heart of equality and positive approach towards all living […]
All Buddhists are fundamentally disciples of the Buddha. In scriptures, it is said that the Buddha also gave teachings beyond our human realm here in Samsara, where different forms of engagement may apply, but for us, as human beings here on Earth, our discipleship can be classified into two categories – as monastic or lay followers.
In Buddhism, we say that the essence of the Buddha, living beings, and true mind are in fact of the same substance. We have the same capacity for enlightened understanding and insight as the Buddha; but with the arising of an unwholesome thought, we have tainted our mind. Our work now is to return to this pure, untainted true mind of enlightened wisdom.
Photo by Peter Lin The state of “samadhi” that I often speak of isn’t about sitting in meditation without hearing any sounds. Rather, it’s about remaining in a state undisturbed by the environment. This is true samadhi. Dharma Master Cheng Yen The practice of meditation is central to the Buddhist path. There are many methods […]
For some, work is only a means to earn a living. The purpose of working is to make money to support their daily needs. When they think in such a way, their minds aren’t oriented toward service but toward making money for themselves. They’re not happy when working since it's something they do because they have to, in order to support themselves. The work is a chore and it becomes tiring. It's not something they do willingly.