Posted on: July 19, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

If we want to progress in cultivation, we can’t live with a sick child of laziness. On the contrary, we must use the sword of wisdom to cut off all ties, because ignorance actively surrounds us in the saddest bases of laziness.

People who are new to the practice are often diligent, diligent, attentive to their duties and control their body and mind. Partly because of fear of mistakes and mistakes, which teachers and fellow practitioners may often notice, do not know for sure how to do it right, speak like a cultivator, and generally try to trying to adapt to a new life.

The other part is because the initial enthusiasm is still burning in his heart, so he is ready to accept the work of temples, associations, groups, unions and diligently study. But after a while, the work is done regularly and quite skillfully, there are many jobs every day, the life is monotonous, the teacher is familiar, the ease of raising gradually appears.

Moreover, the previous wishes to quickly achieve, today seem too far away, enlightenment liberation from the beginning of the mind is very different, the path to enlightenment is too long and tedious, and it is possible that many of the original ideals are eroded, so it won’t be long before the ease, indifference, and laziness. Tired and tired slowly showing up. That is the common psychology of monks who cannot keep their initial mind, so in the Zen house there is a saying “One year Buddha in money, three years Buddha ascended to heaven”.

In the same way in life, a daughter who has just returned to her husband’s house often voluntarily finds work to do and does it thoughtfully and quickly, always worrying about the words and looks of her parents, her husband’s brothers and sisters, so self-examination of one’s own speech, speech, walking, sitting, eating, sleeping, thus completing the job well.


The girl at that time was almost completely new and more beautiful. But gradually getting used to the work, the daily interaction makes the initial relationship become old, so there are no longer any fears, since then it turns out to be pleasant, loose, delicious, and sleepy…

Buddha advise cultivators to always keep the same state of mind as that of a daughter when she first returned to her husband’s house for the rest of her life.

Laziness does not appear only in the above cases, it can arise at any time, when there is a predestined relationship to make the soil germinate and cling. Let’s hear the Buddha tell the eight bases of laziness of the cultivators in “Sutra of Sangha Branch“:

1. We have work to do: That is, when there is something to do, the lazy disease will appear. It whispers to us that let’s sleep well to have health to work tomorrow.

2. We have a job done: Because we have finished our work, take a break to regain our strength, no need to stay up all night to practice.

3. I have work to go: Because I will go, I need a break to go

4. I have a job to go: I have to go, so I need to rest

5. When going for alms, the food is not satisfactory: If you lack food during the day, you need to sleep, lest you be hungry, tired, or lose your strength.

6. Begging for food as desired: Get a lot of delicious food, so you should eat it full. When you’re full, you say: No, you don’t work well, you can’t cultivate, wait until you’re hungry, you’ll practice.

7. Having few diseases: need to rest well, lest the illness get worse

8. Newly cured many diseases: Because the disease has just recovered, you should sleep a lot to be healthy and then practice.

The eight cases mentioned above all have a good reason for a practitioner to sleep, even though the time of chanting or meditation is coming, but if you look closely, you can see that these are eight very deep hidden things of laziness. In order to avoid the bog and make the sick lazy child no place to hide, the Buddha pointed out eight ways out as follows:

1. If we have work to do tomorrow, we should start thinking: Tomorrow we have a job, so we must try to practice, so that tomorrow we cannot practice.

2. If we finish our work, we should start thinking: Yesterday was busy with work, now that it’s done, try to make up for it yesterday.

3. Where to go tomorrow, we should start thinking: Yesterday was busy with work, tomorrow will not be able to practice today, try to practice.

4. When going through a long road, we should start thinking: Once you have gone, you can’t practice

5. When receiving unsatisfactory food, we should start thinking: Eating less belly is easy to grow

6. When receiving food as desired, we should start thinking: Be fully donated, try to practice so that you don’t owe the donor.

7. When we are a little sick, we should start thinking: If you are sick, try to practice, if you have a lot of illness, you can’t practice

8. When the serious illness is over, we should start thinking: Illness can’t be cultivated for a long time, now try to make up for it.



Through the above instruction, do we see that the Buddha forced people to practice? In fact, He knows the weakness of people, easily affected by the circumstances, making the will sway, the reason dull. Moreover, laziness is a deep, inherent, chronic disease, it is always latent in our minds, just waiting for the opportunity to appear, so the Buddha warned, telling us to use rationally observe carefully, do not allow laziness to arise. Laziness does not arise only in the eight bases mentioned above, it can arise in many other bases as well. The intention of the Buddha advised us not to let laziness and fatigue enter our minds, adapt in all circumstances, be mindful to investigate negative mental factors to identify them and master them, especially not to let the time pass in vain.

Moreover, you must live in the spirit of excitement and patience: “Strengthening the body, the three are not always adequate”, so that the path of karma is clear every day and the border of enlightenment is closer and closer.

For us ordinary people, it is difficult to accurately and honestly determine the amount of sleep that is just enough for us. Often, we often abuse our time, making excuses to avoid work, neglect our efforts, and maintain a temporary body.

If we want to progress in cultivation, we can’t live with a sick child of laziness. On the contrary, we must use the sword of wisdom to cut off all ties, because ignorance actively surrounds us in the saddest bases of laziness. With that, the new effort will be returned, the sacred fire burned by the original motivation will forever shine brightly every step of the way to the shore of Wonderful Enlightenment. Only then can we not disappoint the expectations of our parents, teachers, and especially, respond to the Guru’s earnest sacred call before the last minute of entering Great Nirvana.


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