Buddhist practice removes impurities and restores pure golden nature

From:Voice of Longquan     Author:Voice of Longquan     Time:2018-01-10 12:50:22
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Human beings contain Buddha nature as well as ignorance and afflictions. Our nature can be likened to gold ore, which contains both pure gold and impurities. Buddhist practice removes the impurities and restores our pure golden nature. To change or transform is indeed hard, but not impossible. As long as you find the right path and right methods, and keep moving forward, every step you take will bring you closer to your goal.
Q: Master, sometimes I think that human nature has always been selfish, foolish and egotistical down the ages from the bottomless depths of time. This nature entangles us in a complicated net of suffering, from which we have no idea how to break free. The original nature of human beings is evidently one of differentiation, attachment and selfishness. Wisdom and loving-kindness are acquired traits which need to be cultivated through active and persistent effort. In this sense, Buddhist cultivation runs counter to human nature. To change my nature is so hugely difficult that I almost lose heart.   A: Human beings contain Buddha nature as well as ignorance and afflictions. Our nature can be likened to gold ore, which contains both pure gold and impurities. Buddhist practice removes the impurities and restores our pure golden nature. To change or transform is indeed hard, but not impossible. As long as you find the right path and right methods, and keep moving forward, every step you take will bring you closer to your goal.  
Q: Master, I don’t know how to forgive others, please instruct me!  A: If you regard each day as the last day of your life, how would you choose to spend it? Would you like to be resentful or free from hatred? To forgive is not for others’ sake; it is a means of letting go of the tremendous suffering inside you. 
Q: Master, I feel very unhappy with my current job. I really want to quit but am afraid I may not find a better job. Master, please instruct me.  A: To leave for a better a choice shows your initiative. To leave out of resentment for the present situation is just running away from your problems, and your suffering is likely to be repeated in a new environment.  
Q: Greetings Master! Lately I often have some wild thoughts, imagining myself as characters in novels or TV programs, all of which are completely irrelevant to me. What should I do?  A: Weed overgrows in a field where crops are not planted, likewise, a mind, where the right views have not established dominance, will be jammed with wild thoughts. In the modern era, with the explosion of information, we are exposed, unconsciously, to a huge quantity of contaminated information, so we must study good teachings and continuously keep our minds clean and tidy. 
Editor:Bella Liu
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