Posted on: March 28, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0


When faced with death, with injury, with bleeding, we realize that we can be a source of comfort to those who are suffering, that we can help them with love, with joy, we are not is a useless man.

In Vietnam, in the past forty years, Buddhism has come to life. During the war, we couldn’t just sit and actually practice sitting meditation and chanting in the temple. We practice meditation everywhere, especially where there is suffering and death.

In contact with the sufferings of war, we can heal our own sufferings, the sufferings of a superficial, meaningless life.

When faced with death, with injury, with bleeding, we realize that we can be a source of comfort to those who are suffering, that we can help them with love, with joy, we are not is a useless man. So even in the midst of great suffering, in the midst of dangerous hardships, there is still great joy when we understand what it is to practice love.

We pay attention to everything happening around us, so we have more understanding, more love and we take action right where we are without having to go far.

One winter, I went with a few friends to visit a refugee camp in Hong Kong. There we witnessed a lot of heartbreaking things. There are children who are only one or two years old who had to follow their parents across the sea to leave. During the trip, they lost both parents. But now they are about to return the children to their home country because it is thought that they have left illegally. When we see with our own eyes and ears these pitiful scenes, we see that the sufferings of our friends in Europe or America are insignificant.

After each relief trip back, I found the city of Paris so strange, like in a dream. I see how two worlds are so separate from each other, one side is full of suffering, the other is frivolous and luxurious. I wonder how can people live like this here while the other side is so dire?

If you just stay in Paris for ten years without any contact with the outside world, you will find that in Paris people live like that is natural.

The practice of meditation is for contact. Sometimes you don’t have to go to the place of suffering to get in touch. We just need to sit still and watch the situation happening all over the world so that we can understand and see it all. We pay attention to everything happening around us, so we have more understanding, more love and we take action right where we are without having to go far.

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