What we emphasise and pay attention to influences our experience. Continuously recalling all that we have received from others eliminates our feelings of alienation and loneliness.
As we immerse ourselves in the grand festivities this Vesak Day, let us commemorate Shakyamuni Buddha and remember his noble spirit and great achievements.
Our minds create our experiences by interpreting the objects we perceive. How we interpret our environment and the people in it depends on the purity of our minds.
In brief, whatever you are doing, ask yourself “What’s the state of my mind?” With constant mindfulness and mental alertness accomplish others’ good. This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
To remove the suffering of limitless beings, understanding the purity of the three spheres, dedicate the virtue from making such effort to awakening. This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
If through the influence of disturbing emotions, you point out the faults of another Bodhisattva, you are diminished, so do not mention the faults of those who have entered the Great Vehicle. This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
Reward and respect cause us to quarrel and make hearing, thinking, and meditating decline. For this reason, give up attachment to the households of friends, relations, and benefactors. This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
Harsh words disturb the minds of others and cause deterioration in a Bodhisattva’s conduct. Therefore, give up harsh words which are unpleasant to others. This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.
Habitual disturbing emotions are hard to stop through counteractions. Armed with antidotes, the guards of mindfulness and mental alertness destroy disturbing emotions like attachment as soon as they arise. This is the practice of Bodhisattvas.