Your appearance is divided into two sides:
- Appearance is the outside
- The inside is the face of the soul.
Some people have a beautiful appearance like a blooming
flower, as bright as the morning sun, just a glance will
make you admire their beauty. That is physical beauty.
There are people whose spirit is as serene as a flower
that has just bloomed. Although their appearance is not
really outstanding, it is easy to create sympathy for
others. That is the beauty that comes from within, and
people get these characteristics through cultivation.
Indeed, cultivating the body and nurturing the mind will
bring you excellence in both mind, knowledge, and
appearance. Cultivating your body and mind is to help your
soul and appearance become more and more brilliant, making
your eyes more and more open to being able to see and face
the world with a better vision.
So what is true cultivation?
Cultivate means changing from a bad person to a virtuous,
dignified person. You correct yourself, transform petty
habits, study, focus on learning, and practice to become a
generous, honest person. Life confines itself to the
strictly regulated teachings of a certain religion.
The body is the human form, yourself, your own self
So, cultivate yourself:
- In a common sense is to cultivate morality to progress.
- In the religious sense is to give up a normal life to
follow the precepts of a certain religion.
Thus cultivating the body is building your life to a place
of peace and harmony. You can consider the thought of
self-cultivation as a system of human thought. If talking
about human life, then this road has two turns:
- One is the road to a common cause for everyone;
- The second is the path to enlightenment for good people.
Here, you look back at the main features of those two
paths to see more clearly the meaning and role your
practice needs to be developed:
- The road to manhood:
On the path to a common cause for everyone, the Buddha
outlined the path of self-cultivation and behavior:
* About self-cultivation: If you want to be a good, honest
person, you must cultivate yourself. Self-cultivation is
the way to guide you in the right way to act on which the
five precepts for lay Buddhists are fundamental. That way
was the first basis for the king to the common man. From
the rich to the poor, everyone has self-correction at the
root. If you want to correct yourself into a fully
virtuous person, you must first keep your body to
yourself. The path of self-cultivation here focuses on two
points virtue and wisdom. Ethics: It is talking about
Ethics not outside of the framework of ties that bind
people to a good manner. Education: Education is
essential, but learning must go hand in hand with
practice. Cultivating oneself according to Buddhism,
although there are many Buddhist scriptures, in summary,
there are four verses of Buddha Kasyapa said:
- Do not do evil deeds. Diligent in doing good work.
Keep your mind clean. That is the Buddha's teaching.
Therefore, according to Buddhism, cultivation is to avoid
doing evil but to do good and at the same time to keep a
In addition, every day you also have to pay respects to
the Buddha, read and recite sutras, gradually correct your
conduct, keep your manners peaceful, be honest, have a
genuine mind, and be compassionate. That is
self-cultivation. If everyone cultivates themselves, the
home becomes peaceful and the society becomes peaceful.
Therefore, the term body cultivation means correcting
oneself, cultivating one's body and life according to the
scriptures and precepts of morality, correcting oneself,
and doing good. According to Buddhism, talking about
Buddhists who practice at home keep the five precepts, and
the ten precepts of good karma.
Self-cultivation is methodical efforts, persistent
exercises of the will to change bad or dangerous
tendencies, to develop virtues, and to make yourself good.
In other words, self-cultivation is a form of discipline,
which is not only necessary for you but also very related
to the evolution of the nation and society. That is why
the cultivation of the body that every Buddhist who wants
to follow the Buddha must strive to complete is like that.
When you cultivate a body that has been lived according to
a principle, or a framework, your mind will become mature.
Nurturing the mind is a natural requirement of each of you
at the level of your developed awareness. All of you need
to improve yourself, strengthen your emotions and will,
overcome bad habits, and make you know to distinguish good
from evil. Therefore, nurturing the mind is the way to
form moral qualities in each individual. Creating for each
individual the ability to cultivate is a requirement of
moral education in society.
If you want to progress in the practice of cultivating the
body, and nurturing the mind, you must have a definite
will. You have to see for yourself what you lack in
action, need to develop more moral qualities, and how move
forward. Your self-awareness and self-contemplation
manifest from your definite will. Thus, the premise of
cultivating the body and nurturing the mind is the
attributes of perception, emotion, and will of the
individual who has good merit. So, what are the conditions
for conducting mindfulness?
First, each individual must be aware of who they are,
appreciate you properly, and always have a serious
critique of their own ethical behavior. Complacency,
arrogance, or low self-esteem are all contrary to this
Second, each individual must have a vision of the future
life, of the ideal of their life. Because a person who
actively cultivates your morality knows where you have to
go, and what kind of person you will become.
Third, each individual must have qualities, strong will,
must have willpower towards themselves, because when you
have willpower, you will conduct self-cultivation
continuously and systematically.
Fourth, the process of cultivating the body and mind of
each individual must be guided, evaluated, and shaped by a
Fifth, there must be a motive for nurturing the mind,
accumulating correct and good morality, and having great
In order for your body and mind cultivation to be good
and successful, each of you must always be aware of:
Cultivating the body and nurturing the mind refers to
one's quality, morality, temperament, and understanding of
one's life. It is a kind of qualification, which requires
you to go through a long time of training and retraining
to achieve it. Whether you cultivate or not, is not based
on status, money, and appearance that can be assessed.
Therefore, the ancients advised that:
- Live in the world, don't let yourself be like running
water, floating, let the circumstances push you! Cultivate
and nurture your body well so that in the future you will
become a precious person who will always be respected.
Here are the principles that make you a dignified person:
Self-reflection is a deep examination of your own
mistakes, which is not only self-blame but also an apology
to others. When conflicts and conflicts arise between
people, only self-reflection, guilt, and self-blame can
resolve conflicts, turn conflicts into harmony, and turn
war into friendship. So blaming others is not equal to
The sage of the past and present examine himself. The
petty person does not look back at himself but often
rebukes heaven and earth, blames people, full of anger,
and often tends not to admit his fault. Whatever happens,
they say it's someone else's fault, thinking that they're
right. In fact, not admitting fault is a kind of mistake.
A righteous gentleman, who often finds his own
shortcomings without blaming others, then even though he
does not practice the Way, he is already in the Way!
A person who knows how to admit mistakes and accept
mistakes not only does not lose anything, on the contrary,
it also shows that he is a person with a generous heart.
Living in the world, learning to admit mistakes is a kind
of good morality, and it is also a method of spiritual
Be soft and gentle. Human teeth are hard, so it's easy to
break, but the tongue is soft, so it stays. Therefore, it
must be soft and gentle so that life can be long. A gentle
mind is the greatest progress of spiritual practice. Once
you have a gentle heart, you can live a long and happy
In this world, there is one thing that everyone has to
admit, it is a little patience, the wind is calm, the
waves are calm, take a step back, the sea is wide and the
sky is high! Forbearance helps everything to be peaceful
and dispels disaster. When you have patience, you can
discern good and bad, and right and wrong in the world, so
everyone loves you.
Compassion is a kind of energy that radiates from within a
person's interior. You are always noble, open-minded, and
indifferent, do not blame, or resent others, and do not
care about fame and profit. This is the high realm of
5- Know how to listen
If you do not understand, listen, and communicate with
others, it will often create discord, disputes, and
misunderstandings. There are things that you have seen
with your own eyes that are not necessarily true as you
think, so please conciliate, and listen to understand
Human life has things like a burden on its shoulders. When
you need to hold it, you pick it up, when you don't need
it, put it down! If when you need to let go, but you are
also determined not to put it down, life will be heavy
with pain. Human life is a process of cultivation, this is
also wisdom. Your spiritual practice is precious in
cultivating the mind, using your mind to remain motionless
to face all situations in life, trying to study, and
constantly striving, you will eventually be perfect.
7- Be an honest person
You often hear the sentence:
-- The highest goodness is water.
If you want to keep yourself like the high and beautiful
character of water, you must first be honest. True nature
is a treasure that heaven bestows on each person. If you
have a genuine nature, and a sincere heart, when you treat
your family members, you will reach the level of loyalty,
filial piety, love, and sincerity. When it comes to
friends, you will not have a calculating mind, but always
be pure, carefree, and wholehearted. With respect to
others, you will be able to be tolerant and generous,
8- Stay calm
You don't care about winning or losing things, watching
the flowers bloom in front of the yard, leaving or staying
at will, watching the clouds gather in the sky.
Tranquility is a kind of calm mind, a kind of spirit, a
kind of high realm. You keep calm is to keep the will, to
keep the heart, to keep your poverty. Only if your mind is
not moving can you maintain your true self. Stillness is
not silence, it is being in no agitation that can keep the
mind balanced. It is a kind of inner state that comes
about through behavior itself. You have a calm mind that
can leap free from all worldly fascination. It can also
gradually remove greed and delusional attachments, from
which the mind is clear.
9- Facing difficulties
In difficult circumstances is not scary, but what is scary
is losing confidence, losing your will. In life, most
things do not go as people want, so being in a difficult
situation requires people to praise you, encourage you,
believe in yourself, and affirm you. Doing so, you will
discover that your life has a new vitality, making you a
new life every day.
Once you have a goal, a method, and a direction for
cultivating your body and mind, you have to train,
strengthen, or overcome difficulties. Regular
self-examination and self-assessment are indispensable
jobs for those who cultivate themselves and nurture their
minds, because only then will you have a basis to
encourage yourself to rise up and strengthen your
confidence. Therefore, the concept of Audrey Hepburn:
- Cultivation can help you change your skin and flesh from
spirit to appearance. Thereby:
- The meaning is the flower bud
Words are flowers
Work is a sweet fruit.
Buds and flowers are beautiful but only to behold. If you
want to enjoy the sweet fruit, you have to take action.
Likewise, the meaning of your life depends on your
actions. Virtue is the noblest, purest thing in the soul
of every human being. Action is what manifests on the
outside, thereby expressing each person's personality.
Your good qualities are shown through actions. If your
gestures and actions are right, it means you are a person
of good character and virtue. On the contrary, if you have
bad gestures and actions, then you may be an imperfect
person in terms of personality. So living in the world,
you must definitely cultivate your body and nourish your
mind, don't let yourself loose like flowing water,
drifting, surrendering to circumstances, and then having
to regret it!
Once you practice the nine principles above, you will
achieve the following eight results:
Patience can nurture happiness!
Everyone's life will encounter unfavorable and
unsatisfactory things, then you definitely need to be
patient. Because from ancient times until now, people who
can do great things must have a great will, and people
with great will must have great patience. Patience is not
an avoidance, but a kind of accumulation of energy. If you
have patience, you won't usually make a mistake caused by
the moment. Thus, blessings will be born.
Kindness can nurture virtue!
Intelligence is a kind of heaven given to you, and honesty
is a type you choose. Honesty is the best human morality
in the world. Honesty may not make you achieve everything
you want, but it will help you always have inner peace. So
virtue is born from there
Excited to make your face beautiful!
A cheerful and vivacious attitude is the secret of human
longevity. The best method for you to maintain your
youthfulness is to always keep yourself happy, and
comfortable inside. It's not because you're old that you
don't have fun, it's because you're not old because you're
having fun! Therefore, smiling is the best way to create
your beauty, the simplest and fastest way to connect
people together. Therefore, the face is more and more
4- Compassion and gentleness
Compassion can nourish the mind!
Why do some people have a gentle and kind face after
middle age, while others have a fierce face full of
resentment? That is because they are always compassionate,
maintaining a kind heart towards everyone in the world.
Because the sign is born of the mind, the sign also
changes according to the mind. So when the mind is
beautiful, the appearance will also be beautiful!
Therefore, to say that Compassion is to nourish the mind.
Love can nourish action!
When you are filled with love, your every move is filled
with love. A person who always compares and calculates in
his heart, no matter what time it is, it is often
difficult to go along! Therefore, your actions must always
be honest and transparent.
Honesty can cultivate uprightness!
Sincerity is the most important principle in
relationships. You always want others to treat you
honestly, so be honest with others first, you will get the
same. If you are honest and pure, your appearance is also
dignified and beautiful. Therefore, the self-nature
7- Diligence, hard work
Diligence can make you rich!
There is an old saying:
- Heaven will compensate the diligent!
It means that, if you are diligent, you will be helped and
compensated by heaven! Having friends after earning money
is almost spent, but there are friends who still maintain
your financial ability. That's because diligence can
generate wealth, and thrift can save wealth!
8- Tolerance, and generosity.
Tolerance can accumulate essence!
If you understand tolerance, your heart is bound to be
large. You always do not compare detailed calculations,
nor will you be happy and complacent because of the small
profit. People who always calculate in detail will
definitely live very tired. Sometimes taking a step back
is a step forward! Take a step back, the sea is wide and
the sky is high! Take a step back and make more friends!
Therefore, vital energy always protects itself.
Thus, cultivating the body and nourishing the mind is a
positive way that will affect and change your appearance.
If you all have a sense of training and cultivation, then
all of you will have a beautiful and brilliant appearance.
That's why somewhere in the scriptures the Buddha pointed
out to you a precious philosophy:
- Each person's hands are used to work and serve sentient
beings of all kinds, not to claim or plunder. In other
words, your hands can not only solve personal problems but
also have the ability to help others.
- The brain of each of you is used to repent of the sins
you have done, forgive others, and can also help you to
constantly improve, but not be stubborn and condemn
Please also note, the cultivation of body and mind should
not be identified with your face and your honor. When you
know how to cultivate your body and mind, no matter how
talented you are, when facing any part of society, you
still let those people express their voices. Those who
rely on the rich and rely on the strong often oppress the
poor and the weak, which are inherently not acts of a
person who knows how to cultivate.
Therefore, your life must be full of vitality, you must
know how to repent on your own, sober up on your own, and
grow up on your own, without having to complain to others
all day. In the dictionary of body and mind cultivation,
there is no word "fear", or "reproach", only the words
"respect" and "humility". When you know how to cultivate
your body and nourish your mind, you will know that living
in moderation will never be tit-for-tat.
In short, the purpose of cultivation is to first cultivate
the body and nourish the mind, and then to be liberated.
So you have to rely on your inner self to evaluate, accept
or reject the outer. Conscience has become the regulator
of your moral behavior. Thus, studying is a tendency
towards moral formation due to the influence of external
influences, first of all, due to the educational impact of
the religion you are following.
So you can understand that the moral cultivation of body
and mind is a systematic self-conscious action that each
individual performs towards himself, in order to overcome
unethical behaviors while fostering, and reinforcing
The noble qualities in the human soul are always a goal
that you reach for, that is virtue. Those qualities adorn
your soul, making you perfect yourself. Virtue is the
noblest, purest thing in your soul. In fact, virtue is not
a difficult thing to attain. It's not too sublime, just
the smallest enough to judge a person. Virtue is simple,
unfussy, and uncomplicated to achieve. But you shouldn't
oversimplify it. Don't just think of small that you don't
do and then lull yourself to sleep by saying:
- What I did was the best.
A good society is a society with people who do many good
deeds, know how to cultivate body and mind, and know how
to perfect their souls.