The other day while I was walking in my neighborhood, I saw a big plastic case that someone dropped in the middle of the street. It was moving on the road being blown by the wind. I thought if a car hit it, it will break down in pieces and some parts may hit pedestrians. Or if a car tries to avoid hitting it all of a sudden, it may drift from the lane and cause a car crash. I could easily see the danger but hesitated to take action when a man across the street entered the roa
A friend of mine told me this story: Her husband had gone out on an errand to pay for their car that had been involved in a crash and was in the repair shop. He had $700 in his wallet, enough to pay the bill. On the way to the repair shop, he stopped off at the post office to mail some letters. Focused on his business there, he left the post office forgetting his wallet, only remembering it while on the bus to the repair shop. By the time he returned to the post office his wa
“Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “What’s in it for me?” This is a quote from someone. It reminds me of what I have learned in Buddhist lectures. To be happy, I have learned to give. Give, give, give. Think, “how can I give?” When a farmer plants a seed in a field, it might seem that he is giving the seed away. But we know that he is planting it in order to reap the produce. Without planting the seed
When Shakyamuni Buddha was alive, a beggar woman called Nanda saw people giving lamps as donations to the Buddha and wanted to do the same. However, she couldn’t even buy oil for one lamp because she was extremely poor. After thinking long and hard, she cut her long hair and took it to an oil shop. She pleaded, “Please sell oil to me!” The surprised shop owner asked her, “Why would you do that just for oil?” When Nanda told him that she wanted to make a donation to Shakyamuni
Bells ring out for New Year’s Eve on a cold, cold night... Under the cover of darkness, a figure delivers treasure from mailbox to mailbox of all the houses of people who are suffering. This was no robber. As a matter of fact, it was ME!!! The treasure that I put in the mailbox was more valuable than gold coins. They were fliers for an animation showing, the supreme virtue of Namu Amida Butsu condensed within them. On midnight of New Year’s Day, the fight had only just begun.
Question Shakyamuni Buddha condensed all good deeds into six categories called “The Six Paramitas”. Write all the six. Answer Giving (Kindness) Discipline (Keeping promises) Forbearance (Patience) Diligence (Effort) Contemplation (Self-reflection) Wisdom (Self-cultivation) Explanation There are various good deeds taught in Buddhism, and all of them are seeds of happiness. If you perform good deeds, you will earn happiness. If we were told to do countless good deeds, we might
You often hear in Buddhism of the importance of practicing kindness. For example, there are “The Six Good Deeds,” and “The Seven Charities Without Having” which guide us towards the practice of good deeds. All these good deeds have their foundation on the Law of Cause and Effect (as does the entire teachings of Buddhism). If this Law did not exist, then there could be no karmic result for our actions whether good or bad. The Law of Cause and Effect is so important to Buddhism
The other day I went to the post office to mail an item. It was a birthday card, for someone living abroad. This person’s birthday was coming up very soon, and I wanted to get to the post office first thing on Monday morning so the card would arrive on time. When I got to the post office, I was irritated to see that the line was very long. Sometimes during the day the line is long, and other times there is no line at all, so I contemplated what to do. Do I stay and wait, be p