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This book addresses the common problems and situations we all face in our hectic and complicated lives in this modern world, whether these are our personal relationships, family concerns, financial problems, health issues, and so on. The topics covered within these pages offer us specific attitudes and behaviors we can adopt that are not only beneficial for the matter at hand, but also further our spiritual cultivation as a whole.

The outward manifestations of spiritual practice such as religious services and ceremonials, or specific methods of cultivation like chanting and meditation, can sometimes lead us to ignore how the common and everyday incidents in our lives can really call upon us to apply our spiritual principles in an effective manner. Like water that can slowly and imperceptibly wear away even the hardest rock, the course of our lives from birth, old age, sickness, and death is formed by how we choose to act and respond to these small, everyday matters in life.

Readers will also appreciate the practical and easily accessible style in which Master Hsing yun offers his advice and guidance; lightly sprinkled with quotations from classical texts. Give yourself time to ponder and reflect upon the topics addressed; the words may appear simple and straightforward, but their meaning is quite profound, so keep this book handy.

Preface

I can think of no better summary and introduction to this book that what Master Hsing Yun says himself within its pages: “When we can experience the truth of the Dharma in everyday matters, it is true cultivation.”

This book addresses the common problems and situations we all face in our hectic and complicated lives in this modern world, whether these are our personal relationships, family concerns, financial problems, health issues, and so on. The topics covered within these pages offer us specific attitudes and behaviors we can adopt that are not only beneficial for the matters at hand, but also further our spiritual cultivation as a whole. The outward manifestations of spiritual practice such as religious services and ceremonials, or specific methods of cultivation like chanting and meditation, can sometimes lead us to ignore how the common and everyday incidents in our lives can really call upon to apply our spiritual principles in an effective manner. Like water that can slowly and imperceptibly wear away even the hardest rock, the course of our lives from birth, old age, sickness, and death is formed by how we choose to act and respond to these small, everyday matters in life. Something as minute and intangible as a single thought can have grave implications, and yet we hardly realize it, or perhaps even discount is effect. This is why the Buddhist teaching of Karma is so important.

Karma means “action,” but it is often confused with such notions as destiny or fate, which are actually quite different. Karma is the law of cause and effect, the operation of causality as it relates to the formation of our lives as epitomized by the expression, ”one reaps what one sows.” Specifically in Buddhism, Karma relates to the actions of one’s body, speech, and mind; in that how we act, how we speak, and even how we think slowly and imperceptibly create the life we experience. A negative thought repeated billions of times, day after day, can create a rut so deep in one’s life that it becomes an unconscious and habitual attitude, something that can color and distort one’s life in unimaginable ways. Given innumerable lifetimes over countless eons of times, the accumulative effects of even these mental actions can be quite devastating. This is why Master Hsing Yun is constantly asking us to consider and examine our attitudes and behavior as we live our daily lives.

However, it must be underscored the Karma does not mean “punishment”. Indeed, nothing could be further from the truth. The Law of Karma is experience. Besides the more cautionary advice that Master Hsing Yun offers to avoid difficulty and suffering, he goes on to give guidance as to how we can bring positive qualities into our experience, as indicated by such topics as the “Four Joys in Life,” “The Way to Success,” “Keys to a Long Life.” And so on. Karma is the operation of cause and effect, and so a positive cause will bring about a positive effect. Joy and happiness do not simply fall from the sky for no reason, they come as the result of our behavior and action. Everything we experience in life comes to us through the power of karma, both the bad and the good, we turn away from the bad and towards the good by the way we act, speak, and think. This is the hopeful message that Master Hsing Yun is constantly asking us to consider very carefully.

Readers will also appreciate the practical and easily accessible style in which Master Hsing Yun offers his advice and guidance; lightly sprinkled with quotations from classical texts. One can meander at one’s own pace, jumping forward or moving back, or pausing here and there along the way. But perhaps the most important thing to remember is give yourself time to ponder and reflect upon the topics addressed; the words may appear simple and straightforward, but their meaning is quite profound, so keep this book handy.

Contents

PREFACE i
WHAT THE WISE SEEK 1
THE WISE Do NOT CONTEND 3
GETTING ALONG WITH PEOPLE 5
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE 8
FOUR KINDS OF PEOPLE 10
FOUR GRADES OF PEOPLE 13
THE ART OF READING PEOPLE 15
THE SOURCE OF HUMAN POWER 17
MODERN PEOPLE 20
ILLS OF MODERN PEOPLE 23
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS 26
THE NEXUS OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS 29
FOUR DON'TS IN RELATIONSHIPS 32
TO BE WELCOMED BY OTHERS 35
PEOPLE AND ISSUES 37
CAUSE AND EFFECT BETWEEN SELF AND OTHERS 39
ESTABLISHING SELF AND OTHERS 42
CONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHING OURSELVES 45
ENHANCING OUR MORALS 48
How TO CULTIVATE OUR MORALITY 50
NURTURE OUR MORAL CHARACTER 53
FOUR IMPERATIVES TO ENHANCING MORALS 55
MONITORING OUR CONDUCT 57
INTEGRITY 60
MORAL RESOLVE 63
CULTIVATING MORALS 66
THE BEAUTY OF VIRTUES 68
To BE CREDIBLE 70
CHARACTER BUILDING 73
HOW TO CULTIVATE DEEP SUBSTANCE 76
FOUR STAGES IN LIFE 79
FOUR KEYS IN LIFE 82
LIFE'S FOUR VIRTUES 84
LIFE'S TRUE REALITY 87
FOUR GAINS IN LIFE 89
FOUR JOYS IN LIFE 92
FOUR FAILURES IN LIFE 94
FINDING THE WAY, MORALS, AND FORTUNE IN LIFE 97
HOW TO MANAGE OURSELVES 99
STRENGTHENING OURSELVES 102
DELIVERING OURSELVES 104
SELF-REFLECTION 106
SELF-IMPROVEMENT 108
KEYS FOR SELF-DISCIPLINE 110
SELF-DISCIPLINE AND PRACTICING KINDNESS 113
SELF-DEVELOPMENT 116
SELF-STRENGTHENING 118
FOUR KEYS TO SELF-DISCIPLINE 120
BE A COMPLETE PEOPLE 122
USEFUL PEOPLE 124
CONDITIONS FOR BEING USEFUL 126
UPHOLDING OURSELVES 129
SCULPTURING OURSELVES 132
IMPROVING OURSELVES 134
FORTIFYING OURSELVES 136
PERFECTING OURSELVES 138
LIVING IN THE WORLD 140
HOW TO FACE THE WORLD 143
THE WAY TO SUCCESS 145
THINKlNG TO ACHIEVE 147
SETTING OUR OWN TRAPS 150
STEP BACK AND PONDER 152
MAKlNG GAINS 155
MAINTAINlNG A DIGNIFIED DEMEANOR 158
THE STRENGTH OF SELF-CONTROL 160
CAPACITY TO TOLERATE 162
THE BEAUTY OF TOLERANCE 165
THE WAY OF HUMILITY 167
OUR PRACTICE 169
PRACTITIONERS 171
THE MIND OF A PRACTITIONER 173
HOW TO CULTIVATE 175
THE WAY TO CULTIVATE 178
KEY TO CULTIVATION 181
CULTIVATING OURSELVES IN THE MIDST OF LIFE 183
CULTIVATING THE SIX ROOTS 185
CULTIVATING BODY AND MIND 188
CULTIVATION FOR LAY PEOPLE 190
THE STANDARDS FOR CULTIVATION 192
LEARNING AND PRACTICING TOGETHER 195
THE RESOLVE OF THE VIRTUOUS 198
THE SUBLIME USES OF THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES 200
ONE- WORD CUES 203
THE FOUR CONSIDERATIONS 206
FOUR WAYS OF CULTIVATION 209
FLEXIBILITY IN ApPLICATION 212
LEARNING WITH DILIGENCE 214
LEISURE AND RECREATION 217
THE MIDDLE WAY 219
THE BENEFITS OF CULTNATION 221
FOUR GAINS 224
FOUR COMFORTS 227
THE FRAGRANCE OF FLOWERS 230
THE WAY TO A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST 233
KEYS TO A LONG LIFE 235
GLOBAL CITIZENS 238
THE WAY OF EQUANIMITY 240
THE KEy TO HARMONY 242
THE KEy TO LIVE IN PEACE 244
THE WAY TO PEACE 247
GLOSSARY 249
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 255
ABOUT THE COMPANY 257

 

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This book addresses the common problems and situations we all face in our hectic and complicated lives in this modern world, whether these are our personal relationships, family concerns, financial problems, health issues, and so on. The topics covered within these pages offer us specific attitudes and behaviors we can adopt that are not only beneficial for the matter at hand, but also further our spiritual cultivation as a whole.

The outward manifestations of spiritual practice such as religious services and ceremonials, or specific methods of cultivation like chanting and meditation, can sometimes lead us to ignore how the common and everyday incidents in our lives can really call upon us to apply our spiritual principles in an effective manner. Like water that can slowly and imperceptibly wear away even the hardest rock, the course of our lives from birth, old age, sickness, and death is formed by how we choose to act and respond to these small, everyday matters in life.

Readers will also appreciate the practical and easily accessible style in which Master Hsing yun offers his advice and guidance; lightly sprinkled with quotations from classical texts. Give yourself time to ponder and reflect upon the topics addressed; the words may appear simple and straightforward, but their meaning is quite profound, so keep this book handy.

Preface

I can think of no better summary and introduction to this book that what Master Hsing Yun says himself within its pages: “When we can experience the truth of the Dharma in everyday matters, it is true cultivation.”

This book addresses the common problems and situations we all face in our hectic and complicated lives in this modern world, whether these are our personal relationships, family concerns, financial problems, health issues, and so on. The topics covered within these pages offer us specific attitudes and behaviors we can adopt that are not only beneficial for the matters at hand, but also further our spiritual cultivation as a whole. The outward manifestations of spiritual practice such as religious services and ceremonials, or specific methods of cultivation like chanting and meditation, can sometimes lead us to ignore how the common and everyday incidents in our lives can really call upon to apply our spiritual principles in an effective manner. Like water that can slowly and imperceptibly wear away even the hardest rock, the course of our lives from birth, old age, sickness, and death is formed by how we choose to act and respond to these small, everyday matters in life. Something as minute and intangible as a single thought can have grave implications, and yet we hardly realize it, or perhaps even discount is effect. This is why the Buddhist teaching of Karma is so important.

Karma means “action,” but it is often confused with such notions as destiny or fate, which are actually quite different. Karma is the law of cause and effect, the operation of causality as it relates to the formation of our lives as epitomized by the expression, ”one reaps what one sows.” Specifically in Buddhism, Karma relates to the actions of one’s body, speech, and mind; in that how we act, how we speak, and even how we think slowly and imperceptibly create the life we experience. A negative thought repeated billions of times, day after day, can create a rut so deep in one’s life that it becomes an unconscious and habitual attitude, something that can color and distort one’s life in unimaginable ways. Given innumerable lifetimes over countless eons of times, the accumulative effects of even these mental actions can be quite devastating. This is why Master Hsing Yun is constantly asking us to consider and examine our attitudes and behavior as we live our daily lives.

However, it must be underscored the Karma does not mean “punishment”. Indeed, nothing could be further from the truth. The Law of Karma is experience. Besides the more cautionary advice that Master Hsing Yun offers to avoid difficulty and suffering, he goes on to give guidance as to how we can bring positive qualities into our experience, as indicated by such topics as the “Four Joys in Life,” “The Way to Success,” “Keys to a Long Life.” And so on. Karma is the operation of cause and effect, and so a positive cause will bring about a positive effect. Joy and happiness do not simply fall from the sky for no reason, they come as the result of our behavior and action. Everything we experience in life comes to us through the power of karma, both the bad and the good, we turn away from the bad and towards the good by the way we act, speak, and think. This is the hopeful message that Master Hsing Yun is constantly asking us to consider very carefully.

Readers will also appreciate the practical and easily accessible style in which Master Hsing Yun offers his advice and guidance; lightly sprinkled with quotations from classical texts. One can meander at one’s own pace, jumping forward or moving back, or pausing here and there along the way. But perhaps the most important thing to remember is give yourself time to ponder and reflect upon the topics addressed; the words may appear simple and straightforward, but their meaning is quite profound, so keep this book handy.

Contents

PREFACE i
WHAT THE WISE SEEK 1
THE WISE Do NOT CONTEND 3
GETTING ALONG WITH PEOPLE 5
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE 8
FOUR KINDS OF PEOPLE 10
FOUR GRADES OF PEOPLE 13
THE ART OF READING PEOPLE 15
THE SOURCE OF HUMAN POWER 17
MODERN PEOPLE 20
ILLS OF MODERN PEOPLE 23
INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS 26
THE NEXUS OF INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS 29
FOUR DON'TS IN RELATIONSHIPS 32
TO BE WELCOMED BY OTHERS 35
PEOPLE AND ISSUES 37
CAUSE AND EFFECT BETWEEN SELF AND OTHERS 39
ESTABLISHING SELF AND OTHERS 42
CONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHING OURSELVES 45
ENHANCING OUR MORALS 48
How TO CULTIVATE OUR MORALITY 50
NURTURE OUR MORAL CHARACTER 53
FOUR IMPERATIVES TO ENHANCING MORALS 55
MONITORING OUR CONDUCT 57
INTEGRITY 60
MORAL RESOLVE 63
CULTIVATING MORALS 66
THE BEAUTY OF VIRTUES 68
To BE CREDIBLE 70
CHARACTER BUILDING 73
HOW TO CULTIVATE DEEP SUBSTANCE 76
FOUR STAGES IN LIFE 79
FOUR KEYS IN LIFE 82
LIFE'S FOUR VIRTUES 84
LIFE'S TRUE REALITY 87
FOUR GAINS IN LIFE 89
FOUR JOYS IN LIFE 92
FOUR FAILURES IN LIFE 94
FINDING THE WAY, MORALS, AND FORTUNE IN LIFE 97
HOW TO MANAGE OURSELVES 99
STRENGTHENING OURSELVES 102
DELIVERING OURSELVES 104
SELF-REFLECTION 106
SELF-IMPROVEMENT 108
KEYS FOR SELF-DISCIPLINE 110
SELF-DISCIPLINE AND PRACTICING KINDNESS 113
SELF-DEVELOPMENT 116
SELF-STRENGTHENING 118
FOUR KEYS TO SELF-DISCIPLINE 120
BE A COMPLETE PEOPLE 122
USEFUL PEOPLE 124
CONDITIONS FOR BEING USEFUL 126
UPHOLDING OURSELVES 129
SCULPTURING OURSELVES 132
IMPROVING OURSELVES 134
FORTIFYING OURSELVES 136
PERFECTING OURSELVES 138
LIVING IN THE WORLD 140
HOW TO FACE THE WORLD 143
THE WAY TO SUCCESS 145
THINKlNG TO ACHIEVE 147
SETTING OUR OWN TRAPS 150
STEP BACK AND PONDER 152
MAKlNG GAINS 155
MAINTAINlNG A DIGNIFIED DEMEANOR 158
THE STRENGTH OF SELF-CONTROL 160
CAPACITY TO TOLERATE 162
THE BEAUTY OF TOLERANCE 165
THE WAY OF HUMILITY 167
OUR PRACTICE 169
PRACTITIONERS 171
THE MIND OF A PRACTITIONER 173
HOW TO CULTIVATE 175
THE WAY TO CULTIVATE 178
KEY TO CULTIVATION 181
CULTIVATING OURSELVES IN THE MIDST OF LIFE 183
CULTIVATING THE SIX ROOTS 185
CULTIVATING BODY AND MIND 188
CULTIVATION FOR LAY PEOPLE 190
THE STANDARDS FOR CULTIVATION 192
LEARNING AND PRACTICING TOGETHER 195
THE RESOLVE OF THE VIRTUOUS 198
THE SUBLIME USES OF THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES 200
ONE- WORD CUES 203
THE FOUR CONSIDERATIONS 206
FOUR WAYS OF CULTIVATION 209
FLEXIBILITY IN ApPLICATION 212
LEARNING WITH DILIGENCE 214
LEISURE AND RECREATION 217
THE MIDDLE WAY 219
THE BENEFITS OF CULTNATION 221
FOUR GAINS 224
FOUR COMFORTS 227
THE FRAGRANCE OF FLOWERS 230
THE WAY TO A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST 233
KEYS TO A LONG LIFE 235
GLOBAL CITIZENS 238
THE WAY OF EQUANIMITY 240
THE KEy TO HARMONY 242
THE KEy TO LIVE IN PEACE 244
THE WAY TO PEACE 247
GLOSSARY 249
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 255
ABOUT THE COMPANY 257

 

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