"Eight or nine
expectations out of ten in our lives are usually unfulfilled", and so
in this miserable, helpless life of ours (which is like a long and winding
road full of hindrances, obstacles and sufferings) just to face all
kinds of challenges, difficulties, worries and frustrations in life
is already a task too burdensome for both our body and our soul.
How can we, as Buddhist practitioners, transform our defilements into
wisdom, negative circumstances into positive ones, stumbling blocks
into stepping stones, as well as our hesitations at the crossroad into
a lighthouse of wisdom in order to guide our way towards the path to
liberation and enlightenment?
Do we feel more indulgent in this world of materialistic desires when
we (deep down inside where the five poisons of greed, hatred, ignorance,
pride and jealousy have been lingering all along) are at a loss as to
what we should do with ourselves, and what we are striving for? This
is, indeed, a great lesson which we need to learn in this very life.
Things are usually more easily said than done, and so for the real practice
of the Dharma is something that we need to reckon with seriously. Some
practitioners might say "don't be attached" or "everything is emptiness"
when tyring to ease their own troubles, but surely it is not the right
attitude to take in trying to solve real problems in our daily practices.
What one really needs to have are, namely, an unshakable and resolute
will-power, an open heart and mind, the wisdom to know oneself (perfectly
aware of one's own strengths and weaknesses), the ability to calmly
analyze and distinguish the rights from the wrongs, the courage and
insight-penetration to cut off defilements, an never-ending tenacity
and perseverence, an immeasurable compassion for the forgiveness of
others, the skills needed for treading the worldly path and its affairs,
the nurturance of the sentiments, and the diligence of searching for
the ultimate truth. All these virtues and wisdom are needed in order
that one can finally meet unfavourable circumstances head-on in order
to solve their entanglements; and to have self-realization in order
to become fully liberated and enlightened. Nowadays, people start talking
about A.Q. (Adversity Quotient), besides I.Q. and E.Q., for being successful
Just to think of one difficulty will already make us feel distressful
and helpless, then how about the tens of thousands of difficulties that
we may encounter all through our lives? The followings are just some
examples: when incurable diseases come to us, when our lives are in
danger, when the ones you love meet disasters and sicknesses, when the
ones you hate come haunting you endlessly, and when all the things which
you wish for are unfulfilled. Furthermore, all those things which you
treasured and possessed (such as fame, wealth, power and glory), and
those whom you loved, are now gone. In times of the conflicts of interests,
you may be discarded, betrayed or hurt by your loved ones, including
your family members and your best friends.
Besides facing all these difficulties in our lives, there are other
big and small challenges and temptations, such as the challenges ..CONTINUE