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Spreading Compassion

Update: 26/05/2014
Author Amy-Lowell quoted “Even the heaven, a place will be nothing if there is no heart located.”
 

Spreading Compassion

 

 Actually, life will be meaningless if it is without love and\r\nthe world will be covered with the dark when people are lack of merciful heart.\r\nMaster Hop Tran taught, “A man, though, has nothing, he has no longer without a\r\nmerciful mind”

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Compassion is the basic element of the Buddhism, and we can\r\nclearly observe it by the behaviors from the Buddha’s children. However, due to\r\nthe Buddhist spirit, love must attach to equality and if distinguishing remains\r\nunfair in love, itself will fall into a negatively solid attachment. Compassion\r\nshould be spread everywhere – “as its width as the dharma nature; its target as\r\nthe emptiness” – which is without limiting number and ending destination, being\r\nclosed to one and far from others will fall into the worldly desire.

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Settling down and looking back to the life, after his\r\nenlightenment, the Buddha did not hurriedly ford his parents and wife. He\r\ncultivated to save not only his relatives but also all kinds of creatures. The\r\nBuddha’s love for all creatures is unlimited and indiscriminate. The Buddha let\r\nnot only the aristocratic principalities cultivate but also the classes, which\r\nwere considered scurvy by the Indian society be the Sangha. That summary is for\r\nus to ponder over and learn as his vowing at least. Being in love should\r\nscatter to all without any distinction; just like the Buddha love the sentient\r\nbeings as Rahula.

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At some pagodas, before the Three Entrance Gate, verses were\r\nwritten:

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‘Each person has their own native country

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The one who practices Buddhism is the sibling.’

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The above stanza is the teaching of master to the inferiors\r\nabout the moral lessons of a Buddhist. Although coming from different home and\r\ncountry, we are the siblings when entering the dharma path. Why? Because we\r\nhave the same Buddha father and the same enlightened purpose.

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The second meaning of the metrical hymn is when sheltering\r\nin the religious roof, all are conducted as unity, and therefore, closed or\r\nstrange distinguishing should be avoided. Compassionate Heart Sutra says, “It\r\nis common to love someone we knew, but we should also love someone we have not\r\nknown yet”. So what should we do? We should use the Buddhist wisdom to get a\r\nright vision.

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In Samyutta Nikaya Sutra, the Buddha taught, “Beings\r\noriginally are parents in the past; they will be Budhhas in the future”. Hence,\r\nwhy should we love this one but hate the others. We, for example, had left the\r\ncountry at young age, then after some decades, we came back and the neighbors\r\nwould not recognize us. It is much more the same of us as in the six paths of\r\nreincarnation, then we change our appearance and hard to remember the previous\r\nkarmas of us in the past. Luckily, the master uses the wisdom sight to see the\r\nright. Understanding our sources seems to be widened more and more passion.\r\nAfter a problem is solved, another one appears. How can we love someone who is\r\ndetestable and unpleasant? In this case, we should consider that prejudice was\r\nformed from many lives and they have been trying to rupture them now but it\r\ncould not be washed away in a short time. It is as a bottle contained a liquid\r\npoison, and although we pour the poison out, the steam of the poison is still\r\nin the bottle. Realizing this, we have reasons to sympathize them.

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How can we love our enemy? At this moment, we should think\r\nabout the impermanent from each person, including us. When we contemplate about\r\nthe death of people, we could be easy to forgive and love them. The Buddha\r\ntaught, ‘Tolerance will help exchange the enemies into friends.’ We sprinkle\r\nthe merciful and loving water over the avenged water:

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‘Enmity destroys its nature,

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It is impossible in life.

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Compassion destroys enmity,

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It is the endless rule.

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                                   (Dharmapada 5)

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It is expected that all people always live in harmony, love\r\neach other and respect each other as siblings.

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“Nothing on earth is more precious than that,

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People live to love each other.”

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                                                             Tam Man.

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Translated by Nguyen Khanh Hoa

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