January 4, 2020
The lecture I want to introduce to the public today is
cultivated merits is cultivate the mind
The phrase cultivates bless is to cultivate the mind or to put
it another way, those who want to cultivate the merit first
must cultivate the mind. Or to say the opposite of cultivating
the mind is practicing merit because the more you cultivate
the mind, the mind becomes more gentle and good, the more
peace and happiness you feel.
Most people in modern society, everyone always worries about
their health status. The reason for this situation, usually
due to their confusion, impatience, anxiety, and insecurity.
Buddha taught that if you want to get rid of this state, you
must cultivate yourself first. Self-cultivation is cultivate
blessing, so in order to cultivate oneself first, it is
necessary for cultivating the mind. Therefore, Buddha pointed
out the important method for cultivating self and nurturing
In the relationship between cultivating oneself and doing good
deeds, the first thing is to know, to have the knowledge, the
practice is practical. In the cultivate has to practice, in
the practice has the cultivated. So-called the cultivation and
practice of union, these two actions like the palm and back of
According to the Buddhist conception, living in the world, all
affliction and melancholy are born of the mind. So, the Buddha
proposed the rules of conduct that are the supreme wisdom that
teaches people how to deal with distractions from the outside
world that affect their inner self world.
Understand and practicing the Buddha's teaching will make our
body always healthy, and will have a peaceful mind. The
essence of the Buddha's teaching lies in the fact that the
mind is the master, the cultivator, and the practice must be
unity. In this teaching, every sin or blessing lies in the
heart of everyone, and if someone wants to cultivate the
merit, they must first know how to cultivate the mind; Thereby
requiring each practitioner and the practice to be united. By
promoting inner cultivation and balance of good deed, people
can eliminate their own desires and thoughts defilement. From
there, people will achieve the harmonious functioning of
society which we call the practicing of conscience in the
realities of life. This is the way to guide people, applying
basic ethical knowledge to daily life behaviors; Using the
wisdom of practice replace of own desires, it is possible to
eliminate the low desires of the mind
Only when you eliminate evil desire and lust in your inner
world will you be considered a person who cultivates
blessings. With this kind heart, you can help other people in
the community, in society, that's why the ancients often
- Cultivate yourself, control your family, rule the country,
make the world peace.
You cultivate yourself, then the blessing will be born, with
conditional of blessing can solve problems in the reality of
society. Indeed, it is only when controlling your mind that it
is possible to subdue the body and mind others, once you have
subdued the human mind, then you can save society. And, so
only when you eliminate the malice and the lust of your inner
world will you be able to solve the problem in social reality.
The Buddha's teaching affirms that:
- Dharma Buddha is not separate from the world.
This is to determine that, your cultivation is essential for
real life. So, in order to be blessed, you have to:
- Making virtue, establishing merit, making a speech,
Establishing virtue, establishing merit, establish conduct,
and establish goals is to establish a path of cultivating,
accumulation of merit, and the fruit ... is the highest realm
where the ancients achieved their human values. Buddha used
his whole life to perform the highest value of human life.
Before the Buddha entered nirvana, among his disciples,
reverence Ananda asked Buddha for advice. The Buddha said with
confidence and optimism that:
- What I need to teach, I have already taught it.
From the Buddha's teaching in the Sutra, the disciples had to
take the Dharma as their refugee, until the Buddha was about
to enter Nirvana, that sentence became a sentence:
- After Tathagata passed away, all of you must take the
teachings and precepts as teachers.
The highest level of merit is cultivating the mind and nourish
self-nature, keeping inner peace. In this way, no matter what
you face, you must not be in a hurry and worry but have to
keep the inner peace in yourself
- No disorder, no worry, no hurry nor slow. Although all
things change, but not so that you lost your self-master.
Therefore Buddha taught::
- Practicing blessed not only knows alms-giving, offer,
volunteer work, but also cultivates the body and mind.
The origin of good or evil is in your mind, if in busy life
you can not leave a peaceful corner for the mind, that deep
defilement and worries will make you tired, and the difficulty
in behaving with those around you. Therefore Buddhism supposes
that those who want to cultivate merit have to serene the
mind. If you want to serene the mind, you need to get rid of
the impatience, and first, you have to realize:
- For all resentful emotions just need to follow nature, do
not need to pay too much attention to them, the natural mind
and body will be generous, and you can master yourself.
According to the interpretation of the experience in the
practice, the narrow-heart people only limit their lives in a
small space, often taciturn, less happy. Meanwhile, people
with a generous heart, their world will be more generous than
other people. That is why The Most Venerable supposes that in
order to be open-minded, they must first understand the
simplicity, similar to the natural conception that Buddhism
often mentions. Simple to accomplish great things, or backward
to advance; That means condescending to everything to practice
your great aspirations.
A human life, at most it is only a hundred years going
quickly, why do people pursue things like the clouds flying,
in fact, that is a burden that makes their body and mind
That is because inwardly their mind lack a simple human
attitude. They are bound in the network of money, status, and
achievements, so they become entangled with the consequences
of suffering. As a person who cultivates merit and blesses,
you should enjoy a simple mind and pursue a simple life.
Therefore, you should soon wake up:
- One is that just by realizing the nature of the mind, the
nature of that mind is honesty. The highest point in people's
minds is conscience. Then you can be diligent every day, and
reach the realm of sages, Bodhisattvas, or Buddhas.
The second is cultivating and practice unity. That means you
know the beginning of your action; This action is the result
of understanding, should be consistent with the scope of
morality. That is, you are correcting and adjusting yourself
to suit the honest path. Therefore, understanding and action
will merge. In other words, cultivating and practice unity.
In the Eightfold Paths, from the Right View to the Right
concentration of Buddhism, Everything is also to say that
sincerity is the essence of the mind; everyone wishes to
return to the original sincerity mind, that is, it's inherent
position is sincerity. Here, you simply keep your integrity,
because the mind of the person from the beginning was honest.
In this world there are only two things, one is true and two
are false. The pursuit of sincerity must certainly be honest,
the pursuit of deception will certain be artificial. Between
real and fake, it shows not only your attitude towards people
but also your self-awareness. To judge a person's mental state
is good or not, the simplest standard is that:
- In wealthy terms, do what a rich person should do
- In poor conditions, do what a poor person should do, not a
leisurely person should do what you should do.
- In the case of tribulation, work should be done by the
victims. So, in the philosophy of the religion of the
- The Gentleman is usually in the religion, understanding the
destiny, knowing enough and keeping the ordinary; So, no
matter where you are, depending on your circumstances and
living peacefully, everything comes naturally to you.
That is to say, regardless of the circumstances, whether rich,
poor, convenient, adversity you can keep the mind free,
equanimity. You can find joy in your soul and can keep a
strong interior. By doing this, you can be considered to
cultivate the bless and have a healthy soul. If you want to
attain such a state of mind and spirit, then you must go
through two words: Cultivate and practice.
The reason, there are so many people who do not feel happy in
current; one of the main reasons is that the vast majority of
people do not understand what cultivate and practice is; So,
they do not care to take care of their mind.
The mind is the touch instrument of happiness, and the state
of a healthy and good mind is the direct source of happiness.
Many of us are unaware of the operating mechanism of mind and
completely ambiguous about the relationship between mind and
the real life of society. Therefore, they just left the garden
of mind year-round wild grasses to grow. This is like cutting
yourself off the connection between you and happiness that
already has existed in nature.
So, talking about cultivating and creating merit, what do we
do end up with?
The answer: The most important thing is to cultivate the mind
Someone said that it is easy to know and to do is difficult.
Understanding logic is easy, but the practice is very
difficult. Someone said that knowing is difficult, doing is
easy. It is very difficult to comprehend morality, practice is
easier. Actually, understanding morality is important, but it
is even more important to put it into practice. Therefore, in
order to have a good and abundant life of virtue, you must
first know how to cultivate the mind and nourishment
self-nature every day in this rule:
- Living in your life you must have cultivated mind, and
know-how to nourish the self-nature.
Don't be lazy about yourself, like flowing water, bring away
the duckweed; Under the circumstances, do not know how to
strive, and then later you have to regret it. Therefore,
firstly you must practice:
Patience can nourish virtue
Everyone's life will encounter unfavorable, unsatisfactory
things, at that time you definitely need to be patient.
Because from the past until now, the person who can do great
things, must be the person of a great will, the person who has
a great temperament has patience. Patience are not weak, soft,
or run away but patience here is a kind of accumulative type
of good energy. People with patience will usually not make
mistakes that are temporarily caused.
Goodness produce merit
Intelligence is a kind of gift from Heaven, while goodness is
the kind of morality of your choice. Goodness is the best kind
of morality of the worldly person. The goodness may not get
you everything you wish, but it will help you always stay
inner peaceful mind.
Joy can nourish the beauty
The joy, cheerful, vivacious mood is the secret of longevity
of people. The best way to maintain your youth, youthful is
always kept for yourself an inner joy and comfort. Man is not
because of old but stopped playing with fun, but because of
play with fun but not old. Smiling is the best way to make
people beautiful, the simplest and quickest way to connect
Gentle can nourish the mind!
Why are there middle-aged people with kindness, and gentle
face while others have violent faces, full of resentment?
People with a ferocious face, because in their hearts are
always filled with hatred, anger; Meanwhile, those who have a
kind and gentle face, because they are always compassionate,
maintain a loving heart for everyone in the world. Because the
human marks are the produce of the mind, and the marks of the
human according to the mind changes, so when the mind is
beautiful, the appearance of the person will also be
Loving can nourish action
The one who is filled with love, most of his movement are also
filled with love. A person who is always in the heart
comparison, calculating, no matter what time is often faced
with problems difficulties.
Sincere can nourish self-nature.
Sincerity is the most important principle in making friends.
Anyone want to be treated honestly by others. So, be honest
with others first, and you will get the same thing. A person
who is sincere and gentle, the human marks are also
presentable, beautiful; Their eyes also radiate brightly.
7. Hard work
Hard work can prosper!
The ancients said:
- Richness is due to heaven, the small rich is due diligence.
The implication is that a diligent and industrious person will
be helped by Heaven, to make up for it. There are people who
make money right away spending all, but some people still
maintain their financial ability. That's because hard work to
be able to get rich, save can keep the money.
Tolerance can work great!
A person who understands tolerance is the mind certainly vast.
These people always do not compare, calculate to details, nor
will it be because they gain a small benefit but rejoice.
People who always calculate the details will definitely live
very tired. People with a tolerance mind, who know the value
of tolerance, taking a step back is taking a step forward;
Take a step back is a wide sea, hight sky; Giving on will get
When you know to practice these eight principles, all
inhibitions, and feelings are no longer in your mind, and your
body will then be at comfortably. However, in life, the
conflicts, and contradictory can suddenly take place
completely unexpected and unprepared, so, you may lose
control, but you should remember the ancients saying:
- When anger lost wisdom.
Therefore, if you do not control your anger, likely you will
probably have bad words or wrong decisions that hurt others
and yourself. So, if you encounter such a case, you must
remember the sentence:
- Want to do the great things, you need to have calm.
So, on the path of cultivating the merit, when you encounter
something that can cause anger, the first thing you should do
it stop all thoughts, and take a deep breath. Do not do
anything in hurry, because you may regret it later.
In short, in life, everyone must face unhappy things, anger,
and annoying things. However, life is your own, how you use
your attitude to treat life, life also returns to you as well.
So, your own life, by your own decision, good or bad only
different from one thought.
A person know to cultivates merit is a truly intelligent
person who will never be angry with others, he can control his
emotion and easily let go of his anger quickly.
As human beings, you have to know how to look at your own true
life, instead of finding the fault of others, you should find
your own fault. As one who knows the upper direction, and in a
good direction, cultivates the merit should seek your
tolerance. Having so does not make your lives going to the
dead end. As you know, tolerance also contains a very profound
law of cause and effect. So, when you are lenient with others,
you are also seeding the blessing for yourself later.
People who cultivate hatred, only take grief for themselves.
When other people beat you, even if you fight back, do you
think your pain will go away? Or else someone hurt you, you
hurt them too, can your wound heal? Therefore, there is
nothing equal like you to be tolerant, let go so that the mind
is gentle and has a strong value of happiness. When you know
how to think like that, then you are a cultivator. Cultivating
the mind is cultivating the merit, or want to cultivate merit,
first, you must cultivate the mind.