Buddhists Have Their Own Principles and Ideals in Life

发布日期:2018-04-23   字体大小:   


A reporter had once asked me: How does your life compare to your expectation of monastic life when your first took the monastic vow and is there a big difference? I told him that there are some differences. When I first took my monastic vow, I thought it would be quite good to live a carefree life in the mountains. Once I became monk and saw the kind of era and conditions that were facing the Buddhist community, I vowed to contemplate on how to continue, restore and expand Buddhism. I consider this a personal responsibility. It is not necessary to discuss whether I could attain Buddhahood or become a patriarch in this lifetime. However, I should at least contribute something to the Buddhist community. This is also a form of Dharma practice, a kind of merit.

Many people in the society have observed how the monastic people live but they often see only the surface. The fact is we Buddhists have our principles and ideals in life.

For example, why do we call eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and mind the “liu gen” (literally translated as the “six roots”; the Six Indriyas)? It is because the Six Indriyas are the foundation of our daily living, just like the root of a tree. Therefore, to work from our roots means to work from our everyday life, which is to start with “Refrain from any bad deeds, Commit all acts of benevolence.” (From Shaolin Temple in My Heart)