Purifying body and Mind, Do All the Good You Can

Written by Ven. Hui Tsong,  Translated by Soula  

The purpose of learning the Buddha and practicing Dharma is to shift the blocks of vexation, karma and retribution. To say it in a simpler way is to release the three blocks of delusion, karma, and suffering. Once we have released these three blocks, it will naturally reveal wisdom, thus we can be truly carefree. If we want our body and mind to be truly in a carefree status, we must work through the process of knowing, contemplation, practice and precepts, meditation, and wisdom to be able to achieve an absolutely carefree state in body and mind. I think all of Buddhists would agree with this description.

The non-Buddhists prefer to pursue fame and wealth. If they achieve some success, they believe it is happiness, and think it is carefree. But for many Buddhist practitioners, they know this kind of happiness is only a fleeting feeling, suffering will come after that. This is called the suffering of change in the three kinds of sufferings. But during the pursuit of fame and wealth, our body, mouth, and mind unconsciously commit much evil karma, and will consequently suffer the transmigration in the six ways again. Surely, for all these years, the purpose of the summer camp at Chuang Yen Monastery is to allow more people to attain the absolute carefree and freedom.

When we read The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra, it starts with, “When Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara was practicing the profound Prajna Paramita, he illuminated the Five Skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed beyond all suffering and difficulty.” The carefree mind is actually a pure mind. There are two lines on the back of my name card that say, “It is easy to deal with matters when there’s no matter in mind. It is easy to free all beings from suffering when there’s no ego in mind.” No matter in mind, no ego in mind is a pure mind; the good deeds we do with a pure mind are truly merits and virtues. The Diamond Sutra mentioned that, “…give alms without a mind abiding in false notions of an ego, a personality, a being and a life.” Giving alms with a carefree and pure mind is an almsgiving without the notion of any forms. A quote from The Avatamsaka Sutra says, “Do all the good without Bodhi mind is all evil karma.” This sentence is telling us that, if we don’t have a pure Bodhi mind, everything we do with our body, mouth, and mind is only creating a cause for suffering in the next reincarnation, and anything that will cause us to suffer in transmigration in the six ways is called evil karma.

    The reason we hold this summer camp is to help people to be free from the control of evil karma and difficulties. We hope everyone will soon depart from the ocean of misery, and truly attain freedom and carefree.  

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