Now the time has finally come to go over the third paramita of... patience.
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Instead we falsely believe the current misfortune came to us because of someone else's deeds or some mysterious external force like bad luck. Some incorrectly perceive it to be all the work of misaligned planets within astrology. Always looking for the next external thing to put fault on, we deny any possibility that such a negative event occurred to us because of something we ourselves have done.
Deeply learn this wisdom...
Would you buy cucumber seeds if you wanted to grow orange plants?
That wouldn't make any sense.
IN THE SAME WAY
Bad deeds NEVER produce good results.
Good deeds NEVER produce bad results.
Yet when we're angry, we are desperately wanting to eat an orange...
while we ourselves are planting cucumber seeds.
for the happiness
you wish to plant
in your life!
This in turn means that when we are feeling adversity, we must, to some degree, accept that what has happened to us is because of our own karma from ages past. Of course, some traumatic experiences especially early in life are still beyond our capacity to accept. This is only natural.
Buddhism challenges us to examine our own mind, first and foremost. It encourages us with the Law of Cause and Effect to reflect on ourselves and our own deeds.
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We may not always understand the cause of a bad experience, how it came to us, or where it came from. But we can accept that tragedy has now occurred to us… so what should we do about it? We must start planting good seeds so that we can reap good results.
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We must face the storm of our own anger and troubles in life with calm and look within to find strength. If we let the wind of our anger sweep us away, we lose our tempers and get lost in the storm.
If we instead go INTO THE WIND, and face that direction that is challenging us head-on with patience, we find come to know ourselves more deeply while at the same time make our way to safer ground. As hard as things may be around us, we must first take the initiative for the change occur from within.
But the key is that throughout it all, our minds are what shape the way we perceive the world around us. Thinking negatively, our words and actions will also be negative. Everyone around us will then react negatively to us. Suddenly, we blame them for how they treat us, and we become even more pessimistic.
A pessimist is someone who publicly proclaims that they have given up on trying to do good. They feel the world is too negative to ever get any better. So they go about their lives never making a true effort themselves. They discourage those around them from even trying to do good. Stop trying is motto for life. Does this sound like a healthy, solid plan for your life?
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Conversely, an optimist is someone who faces the adversity that life dishes out with a smile. They smile even when it hurts, and seeing this, the people around them want to help such a special person.
We must make the best of our life in the present moment in order to build toward a better future. Patiently choose hope and positivity everyday, but remember also to put in the work (4th Paramita of Effort). We will cover this next time.
Keep on listening to Buddhism patiently as well as practicing its teachings, and for sure, in no time, you will become the happiest person in the universe.