A disease is a driving force

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2017-12-30 10:06:57
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In the face of a disease, we should neither ignore it and evade medical treatment, nor overly worry about it. For a true Buddhist practitioner, a disease is a driving force and spurs him or her into a more diligent Buddhist cultivation. People often say that a visit to a hospital will lift one out of any kind of depression, for sickness and death lift people out of various delusions, waking them up to the truth of life, and remind people to do meaningful things and not to waste their time on trifles.
Q: Master, what attitude should I take towards diseases? Please instruct me. A: In the face of a disease, we should neither ignore it and evade medical treatment, nor overly worry about it. For a true Buddhist practitioner, a disease is a driving force and spurs him or her into a more diligent Buddhist cultivation. People often say that a visit to a hospital will lift one out of any kind of depression, for sickness and death lift people out of various delusions, waking them up to the truth of life, and remind people to do meaningful things and not to waste their time on trifles.  
Q: Master, I have undergone lots of frustrations and hardships. How do I have my trauma healed, stop wild thoughts and improve my mental state? A: Have you learned from the past something meaningful to your life? If you do, the past experiences become an asset in your life. If you keep complaining, the past becomes a wound that is ripped open again and again.
Q: I prostrate myself before you, O Master! How can a person be counted as a kind and honest one? How do we deal with one who is unkind? Thank you! A: A kind and honest person always sticks to what is right. Encountering what you think is wrong or unkind, do not be affected or changed by it.
Q: Master, please advise me. In my workplace it is very important to be tactful. Quite often great competence and hard work amount to little compared with a ready and eloquent tongue. Sadly, I am a person of few words and unsophisticated. I never turn a cold shoulder to others, nor do I actively approach others. However I feel isolated. I believe my feeling isolated is caused by my personality, which is very hard to change. Master, what should I do? A: Out of self-protection of your quiet self, you exaggerate the gap between “ineloquent” and “eloquent”. You imagine yourself as an ineloquent victim, and then set yourself against those who are eloquent, secretly despising and rejecting them. Virtually, you have set up a high wall in your heart and isolated yourself from others. Actually, your quietness cannot prove that others’ being lively or communicative is wrong. Build up your courage and confidence, and be tolerant and appreciative to others.
Editor:Bella Liu
Tags:disease, driving force, frustrations, tolerant, appreciative
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