Didactic Meditation on Chan Compassion

Giving is everywhere, as long as there is a compassionate heart, so now let’s talk about “compassion”.

Compassion means giving and happiness; Compassion means empathizing with its suffering, removing it, and having compassion for all beings.

Everyone in China knows that the most prosperous incense in Chinese temples is Guanyin Bodhisattva. Why is Guanyin Bodhisattva loved and respected by so many people? Because she is a symbol of compassion.

Why is Luohan not as good as a Bodhisattva? Because the Bodhisattva has great love, his manifestations exist for all living beings, and his life goal is to benefit all living beings; and Arhat is based on the pursuit of self-liberation.

Chan prescribes that all sentient beings in the universe are suffering all the time.

For example to see critically ill people, the feeling of impermanence in life is particularly profound. Now we have well-developed limbs and healthy bodies, as if there is no pain. But if we don’t cultivate our blessings and have no virtue in our body, troubles will come to us like a shadow.

It is often said in Chan that cultivating happiness is like depositing money in the bank, so that we don’t have to worry about problems in our lives next year.

When you talk about honesty, tolerance, truth, kindness and beauty to the people around you, they are willing to be with you, willing to cooperate with you, and willing to share the best projects with you. In the end, you can earn a lot of money with them. If someone first comes into contact with you, you will think about the money in that person’s pocket, how to get it in your own pocket, and how to get rid of him one by one, and you will ultimately be destined to get no good results.

We must cultivate a profound virtue, and with this virtue, no matter what we do, it will be very smooth. Of course, one must pay attention to wisdom here. When we don’t have wisdom, we will do bad things for the wicked and think that we are accumulating virtue.

Therefore, according to Chan Buddhism, compassion and wisdom are the two wings of achievement. If you have compassion, you can cultivate profound virtues. If you have wisdom, you can move in this direction more correctly and in the longer term.

Chan talks about generosity, and generosity is divided into financial giving, dharma giving, and fearless giving.

Finance is to help others with material things, just like everyone donating to the Wenchuan earthquake; Fa Shi is like a volunteer’s psychological counseling.

When a person encounters an ideological problem and cannot think about it, you use words, methods and techniques to help him out of the predicament. , This is called Fa Shi.

In Chan, it is said that the practice of the law is greater than the contribution of money.

The “Diamond Sutra” praises Dharma generosity, and using gold and silver equivalent to three thousand worlds to give alms is not as great as Dharma generosity. To help others free themselves from the painful life and get a broader realm of life, you need to give them spiritual guidance. At the same time, the seed of good will be planted in your own heart, and this seed will germinate sooner or later. So donating money is not just giving. In fact, when people are in a state of purity and comfort, giving others a positive influence, even walking, even a kind smile and kind eyes, is a kind of charity. Therefore, generosity is everywhere, as long as your mind is compassionate and joyful.

The Key Concepts of Chinese Chan Buddhism:

1. Chan: also known as Bodhidharma, and Wumen School. Refers to the Mahayana as its first ancestor, exploring the origin of mind and nature, with a view to “seeing nature to become a Buddha”.

2 Six Ways: Another Six Interests. That is, the world that all beings are interested in according to their karma. 1. The way of hell (narakagati), 2. the way of hungry ghosts (pretagati), 3. the way of animal life (tiryagyonigati), 4. the way of asura (asura-gati), 5. the way of humanity (ya-gati), 6. The Way of Heaven (deva-gati). Among the six ways, the first three are called the three evil ways, and the latter three are called the three good ways.

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