A Zen disciple approached his teacher. “Master, I have an uncontrollable temper.
Can you help me overcome it?”
“Hmmm, that’s strange. Can you show it to me?” asked the master.
“Not right now.”
“It occurs suddenly.”
“Then it can’t be a part of your true nature,” said the master. “If that were the case, you wouldn’t have any difficulty in showing it! Why do you allow something that isn’t yours to worry you?”
Thereafter, the master’s words would come back to the student whenever his temper rose. Soon, he learned to check his anger and developed a placid temperament.
All you who seek the Way
Do not waste this moment now.
~ Zen Teaching
I go for refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha,
Until I receive enlightenment.
Through the virtues I collect by generosity and the other perfections,
May I become Buddha for the benefit of all sentient beings.
May all sentient beings be happy and have the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free form suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separated from the happiness that is free from suffering.
May all sentient beings abide in equanimity,
free from attachment and detachment.
O Nobly Born, O you of glorious origins, remember your radiant true nature, the essence of mind. Trust it. Return to it. It is home. – Tibetan Book of the Dead
This is a comment I posted to another group about sharing Metta with the Homeless….
“Metta is for all sentient beings whether they be weak or strong. It is also my belief that metta is for sentient beings with homes and those without homes. Metta to all and for all. Namaste.”
If I were to withhold Metta from ‘this’ person/group or ‘that’ person/group then do I truly have Metta for myself? No, I am them and they are me.
Being interdependent means when I give I receive….when I receive I give… thereby when I give to another sentient being, I receive from another sentient being.
Saying a homeless sentient being is worth less than a sentient being with a home…is not Metta.
http://www.thebuddhacenter.org/ A Buddhist Sangha and Non-Profit Organization.
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Go and look….Enjoy!