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Today's challenge: Expand our hearts as grand and vast as the ocean.
Magnanimity of the mind leads to wholeness and freeness in the human world. In this vast world of ours, we enjoy a great diversity of peoples, lands, and cultures. If we are restrictive and discriminative in our views, we will find ourselves at odds with others, encountering obstacles at every turn.
The sayings "The ocean is enormous because it accepts water from hundreds of rivers; the mountain towers because it does not reject any type of soil," "The mind encompasses the space of the universe," and "Each thought traverses three thousand chiliocosms" all succinctly illustrate the ideals of the magnanimity of the mind. Consider the many and varied forms in this world, the red flowers and the green willows, and also the manifestations of diverse capacities, the flying birds and leaping fish. It is only by looking at everything with magnanimity that we can see the meaning of life, enjoy the happiness of life, and have wholeness and freeness in our life.
Wholeness and Freeness
By Venerable Master Hsing Yun
All sentient beings feel pain from violence.
All sentient beings love their life.
Seeing other beings are like oneself;
Treating other beings like oneself;
One should never ever harm or kill ...
The Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra, continued...
Fulfillment of the 11th, 17th, and 18th vows
 The Buddha said to Ananda, "Sentient beings who are born in that Buddha-land all reside among those assured of Nirvana. The reason is that in that land there are neither beings who are destined to adverse conditions nor those whose destinies are uncertain.
"All Buddhas, Tathagatas, in the ten quarters, as numerous as the sands of the River Ganges, together praise the inconceivable, supernal virtue of Amitayus. All sentient beings who, having heard his Name, rejoice in faith, remember him even once and sincerely transfer the merit of virtuous practices to that land, aspiring to be born there, will attain birth and dwell in the Stage of Non-retrogression. But excluded are those who have committed the five gravest offenses and abused the right Dharma."
If you understand
Everything is impermanent
You can bear any kind of hardship today.
Do not be moved by money, do not be moved by emotions, and do not be moved by circumstances.
Be kind to people because
The world can be a very difficult place
And we all need a little help sometimes.
Good begets blessing; evil will be punished.
It is not that there are no effects due to our acts; it is just a matter of time.
THE WISDOM of Ajahn Chah
... "Things are simply the way they are. They don't give us suffering.
Like a thorn: Does a sharp thorn give us suffering? No. It's simply a thorn. It doesn't give suffering to anybody, But If we step on it, we suffer immediately.
Why do we suffer? Because we stepped on it. So the suffering comes from us.
To observe and watch one's own mind is something really interesting. The untrained mind will run and follow its old habit patterns. Because it has not been trained and taught, it will get lost in all kinds of stories and issues. Therefore we have to train our mind. The meditation practice in Buddhism is all about training one's own mind.
The mind of one who practises doesn't run away anywhere, it stays right there. Good, evil, happiness and unhappiness, right and wrong arise, and he knows them all. The meditator simply knows them, they don't enter his mind. That is, he has no clinging. He is simply the experiencer".
- Ajahn Chah