Dharma Q&A

Translated by the Dharma as Water Team


Dharma Master Cheng Yen responds to questions from visitors, volunteers, staff, and disciples.

Physical Life vs. Wisdom Life

Q: “Master, what is your perspective on life?”

A: “Our physical lives are of little significance; however, a person’s wisdom life is truly valuable. It can last forever and help us to live out our potential so that we can set an example for generations to come.”

Planning for the Future

Q: “One member asked about the proper approach to life.”

A: “You must take responsibility for every word you say and make sure that everything you are doing is part of a larger plan. Then, things that come up in the near future will not deter you from pursuing your life’s goals. Plan for the future, yet be responsible in the way you are living right now.”

Seeing the Big Picture

Q: “Master, do you have faith in the future of the world?”

A: “We must always have faith. If we give up whenever we see imperfections here and there, those problems will just keep growing. We must look beyond what is immediately around us to see the big picture.”

Excerpts from Jing Si Aphorisms, Volume 2 compiled by Jing Si Editorial Group (Jing Si Publications, 2015). For more information, please visit Jing Si Books & Cafe (directory on Pg. 64) or jingsi.shop.

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