Buddhism Knowledge and Interpretation (2) – Entrepreneur and Buddhism

Author: Charles Yeung                 Translated by: Yuda Shyu

Recently in [The Third World Buddhist Forum], invited by more than one hundred entrepreneurs, experts and scholars to talk about Buddhism experiences, I delivered a workshop of [Entrepreneur and Buddhism]. After that, I found there are some creative and new ideas, and like to share with anyone who is interested, as follows:

Entrepreneur and Buddhism

1. Success of Enterprise Starts from Understanding:

(1)    Probe into one`s own interests, find out one`s own predominance.

(2)   Set up target.

(3)  Choose the role for ourselves.

Honestly speaking, the most important cut-in point for our life is lying on understanding. It is also said that we must have the recollect mechanism for our life. If there`s no recollect mechanism, it will be easy for us to drift with the tide or be manipulated by the fate. Only by going through recollecting, we are able to know our interest, understand our advantages and choose our roles, and then we will be most willing to strive for the target with our whole life.

Due to it is our own interest, we will do it with so much more vigor and pleasure that we neglect sleep and meals. We will be so happy that we even don`t know time flies.

In recollecting, we  will naturally delve into what cannot be done and what should be done? These are exactly the Five Precepts and Ten Virtue (or Good Deeds) usually mentioned by Buddhism:

Five Precepts: Not killing beings, not stealing, not engaging in sexual misconduct, not saying wrong words and not drinking alcohol.

Not killing beings can cultivate compassion which is love and sympathy. If anyone does not have love and sympathy, it will be very hard to get along with people and very hard to have peace and tranquil inside the heart.

Stealing is the cause of poverty. To get rich, we must avoid taking away anything not ours.

Sexual misconduct is the main cause of destruction of family. So, we should not have the abnormal relationship between man and woman.

Lies or fiddlesticks make anyone not believe in oneself, let along trusted by others. So, in order to build up self-confidence and let others have faith in you, we should not say inadequate words.

Drinking alcohol is likely to create troubles. So, it is better not to drink.

Ten good deeds: not killing, not stealing, not indulging in sexual misconduct, not lying, not saying harsh words, not engaging in divisive speech, not using loose speech, not being greedy, not harboring hatred, not being deluded.

In Confucian Analects, Tseng Tzu said: [I examine myself on three counts each day.] [Three counts of examination] can be comprehendible as having introspection in the morning, noon and night, or multiple introspections in a day. They include three events: [Whether or not I am loyal to those in whose behalf I act?  Whether or not I am trustworthy in my dealings with friends? Whether or not I practice what is imparted?]

In other words, did we do our best while we were doing something for others? No matter what, never try to cheat as living off one person while secretly helping another. It has been several thousand years that  Confucius admonished the followers of the importance for loyalty which cannot be discarded in our life tenet. If we lose loyalty and honesty, we kind of destroy our own Great Wall. It will be very hard for us to find a foothold and nobody dares to hire us.

Secondly, did we have credence dealing with our friends? What is credence? That is when our friends entrust us anything, we should not promise it if we cannot complete it, and we should finish it by all means if we accept it.

The Third, did we practice thoroughly on what we have learned already?

Knowledge could change our destiny. Going through non-stop learning, we can inherit and absorb the essence of predecessors and others, and make them become the nutrients of our daily life activities. Yet,  learning is important, practicing is even more crucial! Or, what we learned will not become ours. So, after we learned, we need to hone continuously in the work and living in order to absorb the nutrients.

Buddhist and Confucian earnestly reminded us about the “introspection, reflection, revelation and realization”. This cut-in point of the growth in our life is very important. In order to establish successful  carrier and healthy life, we have to open the door of “realization”. How to realize?

If we cannot set up the introspection mechanism, there was a way of “shut ourselves up and ponder over our mistakes” in the ancient time. In Buddhism, there is “retreat “also. The correct way to do it, before starting, is first to review our mistakes and confess sincerely, then we can improve in reaching realization

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