Category: Truth

RESPECT AND SOCIAL DEGRADATION


RESPECT AND SOCIAL DEGRADATION
by Ven. M. Longyen Sakya

Show respect to get respect. He who does not respect others has no respect for himself. 对人不尊敬的人,首先就是对自己不尊重。對人不尊敬的人,首先就是對自己不尊重。人々を尊重しない人々は自分自身のための尊敬を持っていません。

Being a good listener and ensuring people know that they’ve been heard are keys to earning public confidence let alone in personal intercourse.

Today, this generation of young people (age 7 – 40) lacks the capacity for respect to authorities, elders, and their own parents. These are signs of social degradation. They are lovers of themselves, narcissists of the worst kind, brought up by baby-boom and post baby-boom parents and grandparents, especially in families with only one child. From very young, the child has been treated like princes and princesses. If not drastically corrected by their own self-awareness, this generation of young people will be bumps and leeches of society, dragging not only its economy down but also its moral standards.

If you are between the age of 7 and 40, ask yourself how well you respect the authorities, starting with your parents* at home, teachers at school, or simply the traffic lights on the streets.

*佛言:欲生彼國者, 必修三福。一者、孝養父母,奉事師長,慈心不殺,修十善業。

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Relationships 緣


Relationships 緣
By Venerable M. Longyen Sakya
Avatamsaka Buddhist Monastery of Canada

Like it or not, everyone must face their past. In any relationship, only when everything is settled before the relationship is consummated.

Buddha Be


Buddha Be

By Venerable M. Longyen Sakya
Avatamsaka Buddhist Monastery of Canada

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT ON THIS DAY,

The Venerable Longyen Sakya did hereby coin the new form of Buddhist greetings.

The Venerable says, “Just say, “Buddha Be!” to each other. “

SO LET IT BE WRITTEN.

SO LET IT BE DONE.

Nature of the Dharma


Nature of the Dharma
By Sakya M. Longyen
Avatamsaka Monastery of Canada

The Avatamsaka Sutra states that the nature of the dharma exists pervasively everywhere, in all sentient beings, in all lands, and which exists in the past, the present, and the future with nothing less, and there are no forms to be found, and thus all dharma is me, and as soon as I am mindful of my nature, the one being mindful of has attained Enlightenment.

華嚴經云法性徧在一切處一切眾生及國土三世悉在無有餘亦無形象可得故知一切諸法即是自己一念自性所現斯人則入佛性。

The Meaning of Life


In and of Life, only this moment is true.  When the conditions that make up this very moment is gone, life becomes an illusion.  So at each and every moment, we have to live seriously; for each and every thing we do, we must do so seriously; and for each and every person we meet, we must treat them seriously because “conditions come and go and when they are gone, illusions set in and the truth is no more.”  Do not let yourself regret what is deemed to be too late.  Time passed is past, and we can only look to the future.  The most precious and the very thing we need to cherish is this very moment — Life is a serious of kSaNa (in Sanskrit (क्षण ), and the meaning of life is to make every single moment count.

Six Haiku for Stephanie


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因爲我愛你,
灼灼櫻花下雨了。
你還是離去!

Because I love you,
Even the Sakura weep.
And you still leave me!

你說你愛我。
你的愛是電影票。
戲始終完了!

You said you loved me.
Yours a ticket to a show.
The show is over!

你若是薔薇,
我是你花中朝露。
我也會走的!

If you were a rose,
I’d be your morning dewdrop.
I would dry up soon!

To Steph with Love,
Forever yours,
David
xoxo

Trinity of Forgiveness


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Trinity of Forgiveness

In Buddhism as in Hinduism and other reincarnation and karma based pagan religions, the concept of unresolved issues in past lives is the very cause that people are bound in loving or abusive relationships in their present lives.

In our Post-Modern times, social decadence stemming from liberalism, progressivism, and feminism has most definitely destroyed traditional family relationships and values. It has destroyed the very backbone and foundations of the family, every fabric of community and society, and sadly, people’s faith in God. Our society is infested with atheists, agnostics, ignosticists, apatheists, and naturalists, who are indignant in their beliefs but miserably unable to bring about peace and harmony to anyone including themselves.

Consider the issue of filial relationships. According to teachings of Buddhism and Hinduism, some children form relationships with their parents in order to repay debts owed to them in the past; others have come to collect. Those who have come to repay will respect, love and honour their parents; those who have come to collect will hurt them.

In the worst case scenario, a parent or parents would invest in their children with love, care, education, and everything material only to be forced to live with the consequence of having their well-groomed children met with sudden deaths such as those occurring in car or plane crashes. That is how it usually plays out in the case of the most horrendous of debt collectors.

Buddhism and Hinduism explain these relationships as past karma squaring out in the present, although Christian beliefs do not subscribe to such explanations and therefore such may be offensive to someone with little or no understanding of Eastern religions.

What can you do spiritually if you find yourself in an abusive relationship?

Irrespective of your religious beliefs, you can sincerely and faithfully perform the Trinity of Forgiveness following these steps:

  1. Kneel down and pray to God and ask God to forgive your debtors and all those who trespass again Him.
  2. As you pray, and with God as your witness, forgive your debtors and all those who trespass against you.
  3. With God as witness, ask your debtors and all those who trespass against you for forgiveness.