The development of the digital technology era, material temptations and challenges from environmental crises, epidemics, economic and social problems, etc. make people tired and full of worries.
Before that fast pace of life, there were countless lives lost and suffering. They want to find energies of love and empathy, moments of peace, and not being drawn to current dharmas to live a more peaceful life.
Suffering from a hectic lifestyle
In the Dhammapada Sutra, No Distractions, verse 21 states that:
“Without distraction, the way of life,
Distraction is the way to death,
No distraction, no death,
Distracted as dead” .
Every day, people live in a hurry in eating, cooking, bathing, communicating, sleeping, etc. Why is that? Because they are afraid of not making it on time, racing with material life and wishing for a bright future. In that quest, there were many people who suffered and despaired at their own adversities or repented of falling into social evils. In the Vietnamese Buddhist Teachings Sutra, the Buddha taught Thika-la-Viet about the six causes of squandering wealth:
1. Passion for alcohol will cause property loss, growth of struggle, easy access to diseases, damage to honor, damage to intellect, etc.
2. Untimed street travel will be protected by few people, wife and children are not protected, property is not preserved, are suspected of evil deeds, victims of rumors, self-inflicted suffering .
3. Lava is popular in places where singing, dancing, music, chanting, drums, etc.
4. Passion for gambling will generate resentment when winning or sorrowful when losing, loss of property, invalidity of words at the court, contempt of friends, marital influence.
5. Surround yourself with evil friends for riots, gambling, alcoholism, deception, violence and fraud.
6. Lazy when the weather is too hot or too cold, or work too early or too late, or when the stomach is too hungry or too full .
Because of living loosely according to the five desires (money, beauty, fame, eating and sleeping), do not believe in Causation Karma: “I am the owner of karma, the heir of karma, karma is the womb, Karma is a relative, karma is a fulcrum. Whatever karma I will do, good or bad, I will inherit it.” , causing many bad habits, unwholesome habits, karma that have been created, negative thinking patterns and wrong doings, … causing trouble for us. The origin of that suffering was taught by the Buddha: “Bhikkhus, it is this craving that leads to rebirth, accompanied by joy and greed, seeking joy here and there. That is, craving, craving, and non-being. . In many sermons, the Buddha taught how to practice transformation so that people can live happier lives.
The Sage’s One Night Sutra: One of the ways to transform a carefree life
The Bhaddekaratta Sutta is sutta number 131, belonging to the Majjhima Nikāya, which was preached by the Blessed One to a group of bhikkhus at the Jetavana monastery. Buddha taught that:
“The past is not traced,
Future without hope,
The past is over,
The future hasn’t come yet,
Only the present dharma,
The main insight here.
No movement, no shaking,
Knowing that, should practice,
Today enthusiastically do,
Who knows to die tomorrow?
No one can negotiate,
With the great army of death,
Such ardent abiding,
Tired day and night,
Worthy to call Nhut Da sage,
One who is peaceful and quiet” .
The Buddha encouraged his disciples to practice contemplating the five aggregates (form, feeling, perception, mental formations, and consciousness) as non-self, not searching for past joys as well as longing for the future, to live fully happily. happiness in every moment right now. In order not to be carried away by present-day dharmas, the Blessed One taught: “Bhikkhus, there is a learned noble disciple who goes to the noble ones, is well-versed in the dharma of the noble ones, and practices the dharma of the noble ones. ; go to the mundane, master the dhamma of the mundane, practice the dharma of the mundane. This position is not contemplating form as self, not contemplating self as having form, not contemplating form in self, not contemplating self in form; not contemplating feeling, not contemplating… not contemplating practice… not contemplating consciousness is self, not contemplating self is consciousness, not contemplating consciousness is in self, not contemplating self in consciousness. Thus, bhikkhus, is not to be caught up in present-day dhammas.” .
In addition, one evening, before the Blessed One came to teach at Jetavana School, the venerable Ananda (Ānanda) “instructed, encouraged, excited, and delighted the bhikkhus. I have preached the One Night the Sage, the General and the Special Lectures.” . On the other hand, another day, after Venerable Samiddhi and the assembly heard the Buddha give a brief summary of the verse, but could not explain it, they went to ask the Venerable Mahakaccana to explain the meaning. that shelf. The Buddha commended Venerable Mahakashyamika, saying: “Bhikkhus, Mahākaccāna is a wise one. Monks, Mahākaccāna is the Great Wisdom. Bhikkhus, if you ask me about this meaning, I will explain it to you in the same way, as Mahākaccāna explained. That’s really what it means, and you should keep it like that.” .
Live mindfully in every moment
Building a peaceful and aware life in every modern moment
Realizing that the past has passed, the future has not yet come, and the present does not abide, because all dharmas are dependently arisen without self, that person will tame body and mind, abiding in awareness, and practice toward good. achieve happiness and peace in the present moment:
Clean body and mind,
Fate is not real,
Happy liberation” .
The first is contemplating the five aggregates, the Buddha taught monks in particular and people in general to live far away from attachment, to destroy craving, to put down the burden of the five aggregates and no longer suffer through the Sutta. :
“The five aggregates are a burden,
The one who is burdened is a person,
Carry the burden,
It is suffering in life.
And lay down the burden,
That is, happiness, not suffering,
After laying down the burden,
Do not carry another burden.
If you spit up your thirst,
To the very root,
No more hunger and thirst,
Be liberated and pure!” .
The Buddha once taught that there are two types of noble people in the middle of life: One is someone who has never committed a sin; the second is a person who commits a sin that repents and doesn’t do it again. Therefore, the souls who make mistakes, fall into the way of prostitution, drugs, gambling, robbery, etc. Wake up and return to the right path, live clean and honest, and cultivate self-virtue. and beneficial to society. Buddhism, social organizations and the State always join hands to contribute, motivate and introduce jobs to create a good life for those suffering people. Therefore:
Each person is like a flower contributing to adorn the beautiful and fresh mountains,
Each person is like a smile to let humanity be with sorrow .
Secondly, to improve physical and mental strength, everyone must regularly exercise to keep their body healthy, eat and sleep in moderation, behave properly, think well, speak lovingly, and act righteously (doing righteous deeds). conscientious work, meditating, listening to and learning about the Buddhadharma, respecting the Three Jewels, charity to help disadvantaged families, etc.) in order to develop positive life energy. In particular, the Buddha taught monks in particular and people in general to overcome five fears:
1. Fear of living.
2. Fear of bad rumors.
3. Fear of shame in the congregation.
4. Fear of death.
5. Fear of evil beasts .
In order to investigate and subdue those five fears, the practitioner needs to achieve the four powers:
2. Pure ton of force.
3. Innocent force.
4. Photography ability .
Two styles of meditation in mindfulness
That is, in daily life, that person must clearly know the good and bad dharma to diligently practice, subdue the three karmas not to create evil things; at the same time practice the four photography practices such as giving, loving speech, taking advantage, and co-workers. Of those four methods of subjugation, dharma giving is foremost in giving, preaching is foremost in loving speech, encouraging people to abide in faith, giving, keeping precepts and wisdom is foremost in taking advantage, Practicing with the results of the companionship of the holy life is above all in the companions . With peaceful energy, without fear, practitioners will not pressure, oppose or harm others, but always protect themselves and others with peaceful love in the present and in the future.
The third is to develop kusala and peaceful energy, everyone in life has moments of error, facing suffering, and then worrying about wandering, having nothing to do with kusala. If you were alert in the beginning, practicing letting go of painful memories will be a treatment for mental illness. Many melancholy stories in the past, many smoldering pains appear to make people’s hearts numb and writhing. Letting go is for inner purification and is also a way to rise up and overcome our shortcomings. That person will eliminate attachment, do not let bad things or social evils cloud his reason, do not tolerate bad habits that cause suffering for himself and others. We promise ourselves not to get bogged down in the pits of sin or bad habits, vowing to strive to practice good dharmas such as: “Abandoning killing, separating from the path, Abandoning adultery, not false speech, divorce truth, separation of evil speech, separation of speech, separation of greed, separation of anger, and separation of delusion.” .
Every day, the practitioner lives without distraction, maintains the senses, does not follow the five desires, diligently practices meditation to increase…