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 Quote: Power Of Effort & Karma

凡事尽心尽力,
成败交给业力。

For everything,
put in all of your heart and efforts.
For success or failure,
leave it to the power of karma.

- Buddhist Saying

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 Realisation: Do You Have Any More Excuses?



Some are simultaneously
busy and lazy -
busy making excuses
for being lazy.

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In the Sigalovada Sutta, the Buddha spoke of six common excuses, that especially the young might give due to addiction to being idle. One might not work, claiming that the weather is too cold or hot, that the time is too late or early, that the body is too hungry or full. As a result, duties are left undone, and new wealth do not accrue while the existing wastes away with time and opportunities. Sounds familiar? Even if we do not use these excuses all the time, there is a high chance that we use some of them occasionally! However, if conditions above are seen as trivial, thus doing what ought to be done, there will be happiness.

While the above is in terms of living a fruitful worldly life, it also equally applies as the right attitude for having a fulfilling spiritual life. We just need to think of the ‘work’ as the spiritual work of cultivating our body, speech and mind in the Threefold Training of morality, concentration and wisdom towards enlightenment. Just as we work regularly to sustain our physical life, we should keep up with our daily Dharma practice sessions, regular classes and retreats to further our spiritual life. Exactly because there are imperfect and distracting worldly conditions in life, we need to practise despite them, so as to conquer them for advancement towards spiritual perfection.

If we reflect more deeply, we will realise that it is seldom such that the weather, time and body are perfectly ideal for both worldly and spiritual work. This is precisely why we should simply just do the worthy anyway. If not, spiritual wealth that we can accumulate in terms of merits and wisdom, precious time in terms that is life itself, and opportunities in terms of karmic affinity with the Dharma might dissipate faster than expected. What we do not treasure can naturally fade away. Thus should there be a sense of urgency to practise despite any ‘obstacles’. The truth is, nothing obstructs us other than our procrastination and laziness. Even negative karma is to be overcome!

Some are simultaneously
busy and lazy -
busy with the non-essential
while lazy with the essential.

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 Excerpt: The Monk Attached To Sugar Cane



As the nature of our last thought
leads to a corresponding rebirth,
we should nurture the purest thought now,
via mindfulness of Buddha,
to be like Buddha, to be with Buddha.

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Once, in times past, there were two monks who cultivated together. One liked the high mountain scenery, while the other built himself a hut on the banks of a brook, near a forest. Years went by. The monk who resided by the brook passed away first. Learning the news, his friend went down to visit his grave. After reciting sutras and praying for his friend’s liberation, the visiting monk entered samadhi and attempted to see where his friend had gone – to no avail. The friend was nowhere to be found, neither in the heavens nor in the hells, nor in any of the realms in between.

Emerging from samadhi, he asked the attending novice, ‘What was your Master busy with every day?’ The novice replied, ‘In the last few months before his death, seeing that the sugar cane in front of his hut was tall and green, my Master would go out continually to apply manure and prune away the dead leaves. He kept close watch over the cane, and seemed so happy taking care of it.’ Upon hearing this, the visiting monk entered samadhi again, and saw that his friend had been reborn as a worm inside one of the stalks of sugar cane. The monk immediately cut down that stalk, slit it open and extracted the worm. He preached the Dharma to it and recited the Amitabha Buddha’s name (Amituofo), dedicating the merit to the worm’s salvation. (Master Tam)

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