DHARMA Q&A

Illuminations

Translated by the Dharma as Water Team

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

GATHERING STRENGTH

Comment: “Sometimes I feel powerless when I’m working on something.

Answer: “Everything is created by the mind. “Powerlessness” occurs when one feels alone. The more people you collaborate with, the more strength is gathered, and the more power can be exercised. Others will assist you when you are consistently content, grateful, understanding, and accommodating.”

GIVING TO ATTAIN

Question: “It is diffi cult to get others to join in on our work. However, we need the help of many in order to complete our tasks. How can we motivate others to join us and fi nd joy in this work?”

Answer: “If you wish to attain, you must first give. If you try to force people to do things, you will never achieve your desired result.”

SAVING ALL

Question: “How can I save both myself and others?”

Answer: “You can save yourself by improving yourself, and you can save others by being a positive influence.”

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Excerpts from Still Thoughts: A Collection of Short Teachings and Jing Si Aphorisms, Volume 2 (Revised Edition) compiled by Jing Si Editorial Group (Jing Si Publications, 2016).

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