Re: Self Reliance?
- Q1. Buddhism doesn't have almighty, The One (say God) that will share
us compassion, guarantee us if we trust Him, we enter Heaven.
Buddhism based on self reliance, it means the burden is heavy on our
side! How can this make him further learn Buddhism if he has a thought
Q2. We are what we were. Regarding bad karma, is it possible to
suppress bad karma with wholesome deeds? It seems really scary
somehow regarding cause-effect of bad karma.
As I said before in message 401:
"It is true that it is difficult for a human being to find the truth
alone. Buddhists take refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and
Sangha. To practise meditation it is very helpful to attend a
meditation course and practise together with other people. One
derives enormous benefit from knowing that others have to face
the same problems as oneself.
As you practise meditation and learn Buddhism more, you will
gradually gain greater self-reliance. The Buddha taught that one
should be self-reliant. There is a saying, "God helps those who
How can we give self-reliance to others? It is barely possible, is it? The
more you help others the less self-reliant they become. One can help
others by teaching them the Dhamma, but only if they want to learn. If
they don't want to learn, the best thing is to help oneself by learning
more and by practising what one preaches: then others will be more
inclined to listen.
Even in worldly matters, teaching others so that they can do things for
themselves is the best way for a society to progress. Education is the
most important thing as ignorance is the root cause of all suffering.
2. Being afraid fo bad kamma is a good thing. Hiri and Ottapa - fear
and shame of wrong-doing are the two guardians of the world. It is said
regarding a good monk "Anumattesu vajjesu bhayadassavi." This
means "he is one who sees danger in the slightest fault."
What we have done in the past is done and will give its result in due
course, there is no going back in a Time Machine to fix past mistakes
like in the movie "Back to the Future." However, in this present life we
have a great opportunity to do the powerful wholesome deed of insight
meditation. If one puts a teaspoon of salt in a cupful of water it becomes
undrinkable, but put the same teaspoon of salt into a big water tank and
it cannot even be tasted. Of course, if we have a whole bucket of salt,
then we will have to swallow a lot of salty water (>_<). If we reflect wisely
on our past mistakes it will stengthen our resolve not to repeat them.