Story of enlightenment.

To Perfect Someone Else Is to Perfect Yourself

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The United States Customs had a batch of confiscated bikes, so they announced a decision to auction them off. During the auction, there was always a ten-year-old boy who began with a “five” bid, in every auction, and who then watched as the bikes were bought by the others with 30 or 40 dollars.

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The image if from WNMU-FM.

During the intermission, the auctioneer asked the boy why he didn’t bid a higher price. The boy said he had only five dollars.

The auction started again, and the boy still started with “five” each time. Of course, every single one was taken away by others. Slowly, the crowd also began to notice the boy who always made the first bid, and more and more people became interested in the outcome of the boy’s bidding.

Near the end of the auction, there were only one of the best bikes left. It was brand new with a variety of gear included, ten-gauge transmission, a two-way handbrake, speed display, and a nighttime electric light fixture. It was undoubtedly a rare and good bike!

The auctioneer asked: “Who is bidding?”

Standing at the forefront, the little boy, who had almost given up hope, stood still and firmly said: “Five.” It was quiet on the auction floor. All held their breath and stood still waiting for the result.

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The image is from The Eternal Optimist.

At that moment, all the people present stared at the little boy, and no one made a sound, no one raised their hand and no one bid. “The bike is sold to the young man in shorts and white shoes!” The auctioneer shouted after he said the price three times.

The audience applauded after hearing the remark. The little boy cheered up and raised the crumpled five-dollar bill and got the most beautiful bicycle in the world. He had the most brilliant smile on his face that people had never seen before.

 

In our lives, instead of overcoming others, surpassing others, or crushing others, can we perfect the others? This is worth pondering.

To perfect someone else is to perfect yourself.

This is a magical world – there is only cause and effect, no accident, and all accidents are inevitable. He who helps others will eventually help himself.

Seven Things to Give

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A poor man asked Buddha, “Why am I so poor?”
Buddha said: “You did not learn to give.”
The poor man asked: “How can I give when I have nothing?”
Buddha said: “One can give seven things to another without having anything.”

 

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This image is from Ancient Origins.

With your face: a smile.
With your mouth: praise and comfort.
With your heart: open your heart and be kind to others.
With your eye: giving others a kind and righteous look.
With your body: helping others with actions.
With your seating: humbly giving your seat to others.
With your chest: tolerance.

Enlightenment:
Don’t make too many meaningless movements. Give more to others. You may gain unexpected wealth and happiness.

 

Chinese version:

窮人問佛:我為什麼這樣窮?
佛說:你沒有學會給予別人。
窮人:我一無所有如何給予?
佛:一個人一無所有也可以給予別人七種東西。

顏施:微笑處事;
言施:說讚美安慰的話;
心施:敞開心扉對人和藹;
眼施:善義的眼光給予別人;
身施:以行動幫助別人;
座施:即謙讓座位;
房施:有容人之心。

感悟:
不要有太多沒意義的計較,多給予別人,你可能會收穫意想不到的財富和快樂。

Feng Shui- Accumulating Merits

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A rich man bought a piece of land, and he repaired the villa within, which had a more than one-hundred-year-old lychee tree in the backyard. He loved this place because of the lychee tree, and because his wife likes lychee.

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The image is from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/349310514831858413/?lp=true.

During the renovation, a friend advised him to check with a feng shui master so as not to commit evil. Initially, he did not believe in feng shui. However, he had a change of heart and agreed to his friend’s suggestion. He made a special trip to Hong Kong to invite a master. The Master’s surname was De, who had engaged in this line of work for more than 30 years, and he had an excellent reputation.

He picked up the master at the train station; he took him to his house after lunch. The rich man kept giving way for any cars that wanted to pass him along the way.

The master laughed: “Your driving is quite sturdy.” The Hong Kong master observed everything.

The rich man laughed: ” Those who want to overtake us must have an urgent matter to take care of, and we should not delay them.”

As they reached the town, the rich man began to slow down because the streets were narrower.

A child laughed and rushed out of the alley; the rich man stepped on the brake to avoid hitting the child. Instead of stepping on the gas immediately after, he looked at the alley and seemed to be waiting for something. A moment later, another child rushed out and chased the first child.

The master was puzzled and asked: “How do you know there were more children?”

The rich man shrugged, “the children are chasing each other, no one would laugh so happy alone.”

The master gave a thumbs-up and laughed: “You have a kind heart.”

Arriving at the rich man’s villa, he got out of the car and held the key to open the door, when suddenly seven or eight birds flew up from the backyard. Seeing this, he stopped at the door and apologetically said to the master, “Please wait a moment.”

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“What’s the matter?” The master was again puzzled.

“There must be children in the backcourt to pick our lychee, if we go in now, the children will be panic and fall, and that won’t be good. Let them pick for a while; we can look around outside first.” The rich man answered with a smile.

The master was silent for a moment and said: “You can send me back to the train station, I do not need to check the feng shui for this house.”

This time the rich man was puzzled: “Why do you say so?”

“Yes, sir, wherever you are, is a good feng shui place.”

This is a true story, in fact, of how people’s behavior is geomantic. No matter how hard the self-serving and selfish person works, perhaps it is only futile.

“You are the root of all.”

Let Go

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One day, a Buddhist monk and his apprentice came to a big river and saw a beautiful woman standing by it. Because she couldn’t cross it, she was looking worriedly at it.

The monk walked over and asked the woman: “Do you have an urgent need to cross the river?”

The woman replied: “Yes, Master, my mother is seriously ill. I am hurrying to go back and see her. No one knows that I am at the river, and I am worried I will not get there in time.”

The Buddhist monk said lightly: “This is indeed urgent, let me carry you across the river.”

The woman looked at the two monks in front of her and was hesitant, but when she thought of her mother who was lying in bed, she had no choice but to agree.

The Buddhist monk stepped forward and held the beautiful woman firmly in his arms, rushing past the turbulent river and bringing her to the other side of the river.

Afterward, the monk and apprentice continued on their journey.

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The image is from Scott Stulberg Photography.

After a half-day journey, the young apprentice couldn’t help but ask him: “Doesn’t the master say that monks should not be close to a woman? Why did you carry the beautiful young woman across the river?”

“Oh, do you mean that woman who couldn’t cross the river and needed help?” said the monk casually. “I already put her down when we passed the river and crossed to the other side. Why have you held onto her?”

The monk then said to his apprentice, “if you want pure land, you need to purify your heart. That is to say, to establish a pure land, first of all, purify your heart. Buddhist practice cultivates the mind. The heart is clean so that all beings are clean.”

The woman who was waiting for crossing the river, in the mind of the older monk, was just a human being and someone who needed help. When the monk put her down on the riverbank, he put her down completely. But the young apprentice, though not directly carrying the woman across the river, “carried” her in his heart and was unwilling to put her down. He, as we call it, “could not put his heart down.”

 

Note:

The original Chinese text is from https://www.jianshu.com/p/16b01fbd54a4.

Better to Depend on Yourself

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A gentleman was under the eaves of a building taking shelter from the rain when suddenly he saw the Guanyin holding an umbrella coming toward him.

He was delighted, and said hastily, “The bodhisattva of all sentient beings, could you please help take me home?”

“You stand under the eaves where there is no rain, but I am in the rain, so how can I help you?” The Guanyin replied.

Once he heard it, he ran into the rain and said, “Here I am in the rain, can you help me now?”

“You are in the rain; I am also in the rain, but you get wet from the rain because you did not bring an umbrella. I do not get wet because I have an umbrella. Therefore, the umbrella shields me, and you have no umbrella, so you should look for an umbrella instead of me.” With that, the Guanyin disappeared.

Later, the man encountered difficulties and went to the temple to beg for mercy of the Guanyin.

He went into the temple, and saw a man who was looking for a Guanyin, who looked precisely the same as the Guanyin, and asked, “Are you the bodhisattva?”

“I am.” The man replied.

The gentleman was a bit more surprised, “Since you are Guanyin, why should you worship yourself?”

The Guanyin smiled and said, “Like you, I also encountered a difficult problem, but I know that it is better to depend on yourself than to ask for help from others.”

The original text is from https://ck101.com/thread-1017995-1-1.html
[ 本帖最後由 dumbmotor 於 2008-7-6 06:23 編輯 ]

 

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