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When we live in gratitude, we will know how to put down our self-grasping. Due to the pride in each person, especially when we have a certain ability or power, we will think that we can do everything, even think that it is our wisdom to take advantage of others. .

Time passes slowly, ticking little by little, shortening people’s lives. We often think that life is still very long, so procrastinating from one thing to another, living with ambitions, attachments, leading to victory and defeat, jealousy, and then taking on a lot of suffering. It’s time, everyone needs to reflect on the impermanence of life, to know how to live fully, to be kind to themselves and to build a better and better society together, making life more meaningful.

In chapter 38, Sutra The Four Volumes Two Chapters, the Buddha asked a monk: “How long does a human life last?”. Answer that: “In a few days”. Buddha said: “You do not understand the Tao”. The Buddha asked another monk: “How long does a human life last?”. Answer: “About a meal”. Buddha said: “You do not understand the Tao”. The Buddha asked another monk: “How long does a human life last?”. Answer: “About a breath”. Buddha praised: “Very good! He is the one who understands the Tao.”. Through a short sutta, the Buddha conveyed a profound philosophy about the impermanence of life. But why did the Buddha teach that human life is so short?

Live in gratitude and give

Many people think that Buddhism only talks about metaphysical things, or pessimistic teachings or talks about suffering and death. Especially when it comes to impermanence, they immediately think of the category of birth and death (ie death), making listeners become dizzy and lose faith. These are the wrong interpretations, not true to the nature of Buddhism. So what is impermanence? Impermanence is all conditioned dharmas caused by causes and conditions arising, depending on the four signs: birth, standing, change, and cessation that change and move in every moment. Every day, there are changes taking place right in front of our eyes that we can see such as: the birth of an organism, the death of a person, etc. But there are also things that change so quickly that it is difficult for us to perceive. through the senses such as the birth and death of millions of cells in the body, or changes over a long period of time that are invisible to us like the process of weathering in the natural world.

Thus, the principle of impermanence is a law that governs all things, governs human life, not created by the Buddha to force people to believe, but it is the nature of all things. The Buddha was the one who understood that principle and taught it to us. In Western literature as well as in the East, there are many people who have mentioned the change of things as the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said: “No one bath in the same river twice”, to refer to the non-stop movement of all things in the universe. Or Confucius said: “Swearing like a sage, not letting go of the mind” Time is like a river flowing, even at night it doesn’t stop. Or Van Hanh Zen Master said:

“The body is like a perfect cinema

Van Moc spring is glorious and dry

Enjoying prosperity and decline without father

Prosperity is like exposing a rough head”

Normally, everyone sees this body as solid and believes that they will live with a long life. Some people carry such prejudices, live in luxury, and enjoy sensual pleasures without end. The purpose of the Buddha emphasizing the impermanence and fragility of human life is not to make us bored with this body, but only to help us understand that every moment in the body there is birth and death. Therefore, practice diligently to eliminate craving, clinging, not clinging to anything in the world, depending on conditions that come and go freely, so that in the face of change, we are not discouraged. Communicating that will help me appreciate the present moment. We know how to use this body to create good karma by doing meaningful deeds, benefiting ourselves and others, in order to bring peace to ourselves and to create the Pure Land of the human world. That is an extremely valuable lesson from contemplating impermanence or contemplating life in each breath that the Buddha wanted to convey.

When we live in gratitude, we will know how to put down our self-grasping.

When we live in gratitude, we will know how to put down our self-grasping.

Long or short lives are arranged by the law of cause and effect

LIVE IS LET GO

Human life is short, it’s there and it’s not. With a short time in the world, nothing is more precious than a happy, meaningful life. There are many different conceptions of a meaningful life, and each person has different ideals and goals for himself. Some people just want to live for themselves; Some people are willing to sacrifice themselves to contribute to life. But in the end, a person’s life has meaning only when he or she knows how to live responsibly, and at the same time bring joy and value to everyone.

Every day, we face and solve many problems, and often handle them in our favor. But if we perceive and realize that impermanence can come to us or our loved ones at any time, our behavior and attitude to life will change a lot. I will no longer act rudely towards my loved ones, no longer blame my friends, no longer hold grudges against those who have made me unsatisfactory, etc.

Many people think that in order to make others happy, one must have economic conditions. But giving is sharing, helping, and loving comes from the bottom of our hearts, because we not only need material things but also the love between people. Sometimes just holding hands, or comforting words from an understanding heart, is enough to bring peace to others. It is the giving with all that we have, an unconditional love, what we receive in return is a peaceful life, a peaceful soul. Because there is no greater peace than when we have just done a good deed. Therefore, while still healthy, it is the lifestyle by contemplating human life in the breath that will help us always be responsible for fulfilling our obligations to the family, the community and the whole society. Because it doesn’t matter how long we last in this world, what matters is what value it brings to life. This is also the meaning that Dharma Master Thich Pho Tue often reminds: “Longevity is not a measure of the value of one’s life. The problem is living to accomplish what mission, what benefits to Life, to Dao”.

If everyone lives with the contemplation of life in the breath, we will know how to live until we close our eyes and hands without having to utter the two words “if only”. Every minute that exists in the world, they will all devote themselves to building a growing society, not letting the days go by in vain. This is a noble and humane reason for living if one knows how to practice contemplating the impermanent human life.

Dharma Master Thich Pho Tue often reminds: “Life expectancy is not a measure of the value of a person's life.  The problem is living to accomplish what mission, what benefits to Life, to Dao

Dharma Master Thich Pho Tue often reminds: “Life expectancy is not a measure of the value of a person’s life. The problem is living to accomplish what mission, what benefits to Life, to Dao”.

LIVE Grateful and ALWAYS GOOD

The reason for the origin of Buddhism teaches: “When this is born, that is born”. From birth to death, whether a person succeeds or fails, they have received help from many sides. This body is obtained through the blood of parents, so a person is thanks to the catechism of his teachers, the body’s growth is thanks to the farmer’s plowing, wearing decent clothes is thanks to the work of the weaver. cloth, etc. and we borrow a lot of other things. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, if there are no people who are fighting on the front lines to fight the epidemic, how can the country be peaceful? It was the command of the heart that helped them overcome their fear and confront death and regain their lives on the boundary between life and death. Therefore, life is a series of days interacting with each other, every moment we live, our hearts are still beating and the smile is still on our lips is already a great privilege. Why do we never say thank you when life has given us so much?

Kahlil Gibran famously said: “Thank you for waking up every morning, we have another day to love”. Indeed, human life in this life is very short, if we only carry sadness and blame, it is unfortunate. Grateful people always appreciate the present, seeing each moment as a new opportunity to embrace happiness. What we get every morning when we wake up is the grace of life, we still have loving parents, we still see the sun to make us more excited, we still have teachers and friends silently. building and lifting our heels to overcome challenges, and having doctors and nurses by our side when we’re sick, etc., and most of all, thanks to life for creating conditions for us to live every moment to the fullest. It is gratitude that will give us positive emotions, a source of motivation so that with every mindful breath, we will do many beneficial things to contribute to life.

And when we live in gratitude, we will know how to put down our self-grasping. Due to the pride in each person, especially when we have a certain ability or power, we will think that we can do everything, even think that it is our wisdom to take advantage of others. . Because of arrogance, pride will lead to other bad qualities such as selfishness, conservatism, not wanting to share what you have with anyone. Besides, it can be seen that arrogant and self-righteous people are the loneliest people. Because it is the pride and arrogance that has made the people around them lose sympathy or rather, those people are separating themselves from the community. Therefore, no matter who we are or where we are, a breath that goes out without coming back in has already passed into another life. Because of such awareness, we live responsibly with ourselves and others. Moreover, from there we will know how to spread our loving hearts, the world thus becomes…

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