animals and other living beings because, to these religions, animals can be killed for human consumption. However, this is not the viewpoint held by Buddhism because it believes that all living beings are the same, whether they are humans or not, and they all have the potential to become "the enlightened onesÓ (Buddhas). To this extent, Kyabje Chadral Rinpoche has written a short, but very important, article on "the Benefits of Saving the Lives of Other Living Beings" which is most inspiring and practical for us, as Dharma practitioners, in our daily life experiences.
The second aspect of our journal deals with the principle of "Merging of the Buddhist teachings into our daily lives".
There seems to be a misunderstanding by many Buddhist practitioners that our present lives are all predetermined in our previous lives, due to the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma). Many of them think that they must have to follow their "destiny" in life, and to passively involve themselves when dealing with their everyday life affairs. To them, "destiny" is such a predetermined thing (sometimes called "fate", or some kind of a power that foreordains and controls events in life. Hence, they take it in a very mechanistic way, thinking that they have no control and no choice over their own future and destiny.
Unfortunately, this is a
total misunderstanding of what the Law of Cause and Effect is supposed
to be, and in fact this is also related to the Law of Interdependent
Origination. Thus, in this issue for the column on "Drops of Wisdom"
the article of "Destiny and The Use of Life" tries to dispel this kind
of misunderstanding by showing a much clearer picture of what is meant
by the so-called "Destiny" from the Buddhist point of view, and how
we can make use of our life in a more positive and active manner in
order to fully utilize our human potential for the benefits of both
oneself and others in this very life ! We sincerely hope that our readers
will find this article useful in clarifying some of those major misunderstandings
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