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A few months ago, I came across a book entitled “Jing
Si Aphorisms written by Master Chen. At first, I did not pay much attention to it and left it in my bookshelf for some time thinking that it is just another religious book. One night, for no reason at all, I picked up the book and started to read it. As I went along, I realized it is an unusual book on Buddhist philosophy, well written and authored by a nun.
As I read the book, I could not detect any statements that were contradictory to other religions. The meaning of the “aphorism” was profound and simple. I wish to share some of the statements with the readers.
The first three statements below talk about the meaning of life, the past, present and future:
1. Use wisdom to contemplate the meaning of life. Use resolve to organize the time in your life.
2. When walking, we step one foot forward, we left the other foot up. In the same way, we should let go of yesterday and focus on today.
3. The future is an illusion, the past is a memory. Hold on to the goodness that is in our hearts at this present moment and take care to fulfill the duties we have at hand.
Statements 4-6 talks about life in service to others:
4. Transient through life may be, one’s contributions will live on; as love knows no boundaries, its spirit will always remain.
5. A person with a generous heart and compassion for all beings live the most blessed live.
6. To willingly undergo hardship for the sake of helping others is compassion.
The publication, based on the Chinese language is also translated to English, Japanese and Spanish. Each statement that applies to me, puts me in deep contemplation of what I had done and whether I should become a better person after reading it and making amends. It also adds meaning to what is life really about. I would very much like to share these gems with you, the readers, and for you to decide how profound the words are.
About the Author of the Book (condensed from the Book):- Venerable Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in Chingsui, a small town in Central Taiwan. At the age of 23, she left home and became a Buddhist nun who lived a simple and virtuous life. She made a frugal living by making candles and bean powder. In 1966 she established the Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, an organization which was involved in charity, medicine, culture, community volunteerism, environmental protection and international relief. In recognition of her work, she was awarded the Asian Nobel Prize. Living a simple life with bare necessities, she actively pursues her work in helping the poor and educating the rich.