& THE COMPASSIONATE HEART
Shakyamuni Buddha said,
engage in any harmful actions;
Perform only those that are good;
Subdue your own mind
This is the teaching of the Buddha.
did he mean? The above verse encapsulates the entire teaching
of the kind compassionate Buddha. In it, He is telling us sentient
beings, who want only happiness and do not want suffering, how
to achieve our aims.
Where do happiness and suffering
Happiness and suffering do not come
from outside but from actions motivated by our own minds, our
own thoughts. Happiness comes from positive actions. Problems
come from mistaken, or unskillful, actions. Positive actions,
pure actions, are motivated by a positive, virtuous attitude,
the pure mind, the healthy mind, the peaceful mind.
All happiness - the transient happiness
of our everyday lives, and ultimate happiness, both liberation
and enlightenmentcomes from each beings positive attitude
and virtuous actions; from the pure mind. Liberation
is the complete cessation of all suffering, including rebirth,
aging, sickness and death, and its cause. Enlightenment,
the great liberation,
which is even higher than this, is the cessation of even the subtle
defilements of mind and the completion of all realizations.
Each and every sentient being has the potential to experience
all this. It comes from positive motivation and good karma.
All suffering comes from each beings
negative attitude and from your own mind.
In your life, until your mind labels
something as a problem, before you have the concept of problem,
you dont have any problems. Before your mind fabricates
the label, "problem," you dont see problems in
your life. What do I mean by concept here? Its where your
thought interprets a certain situation as a problem. In other
words, your mind creates the designation "problem" for
this particular situation. Before that happens, you dont
see any problem with the situation, but the moment your mind creates
the label, "problem," and believes in it, that is the
moment that the concept of problem has been created. You have
created the concept of life problem.
This is just a simple example of
how problems come from your own mind, how problems depend upon
your own concepts, how problems depend upon the very concept of
problem. The problems in your life depend upon your having the
concept of problemhaving the thought, creating the label
and believing in it. This is just a very simple example of how
your problems depend upon your own mind. It shows how your problems
depend upon the thought, or concept, you have at that momentthat
hour, that minute, that secondhow this hours problem,
this minutes problem is related to, or comes from, the way
you are thinking at the time. The present moments problem
comes from the present moments thought, or concept, which
creates the label and believes in it.
is another example of this. If you dont create the mental
factor, or thought, of anger, there are no enemies in your life;
you cant find any enemies. If you dont form the thought
of anger, wherever you go, wherever in the world you travel, wherever
you live, whoever youre with, you never see a single enemy.
If you dont create anger within, you have no enemy outside.