See Others’ Buddha-Nature (With Yours)

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See things as how they are now.
See things for how they can be too.

— Shilashanti

Don’t wear coloured glasses.‘ It is a strong admonishment against judging people based only on preconceived notions. If you base your evaluation of someone on just one piece of information [which might not even be true], or a negative idea or emotion you have from a single facet of what you’ve seen of him, you will inevitably misjudge him.

First take off your colored glasses. Furthermore, etch the following Buddhist phrase into your mind: “All sentient beings, without exception, have Buddha-nature.” It means that we all have the capacity for the inherent purity and perfection of the mind… “What I’ve seen myself amounts to only one aspect of him. Next time I will try to seek out his Buddha-nature.”…

When we remove our colored glasses and see with clear eyes, we won’t miss those momentary glimpses of the Buddha-nature in others… Once it is revealed, the irritation and aggravation you once felt, as well as the anxiety, worry and fear rooted in your personal relationships, will disappear before you know it.

Shunmyo Masuno (Translated By Allison Markin Powell)
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Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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