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“All principles are karma born, and karma abolished” Event Summary

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Sept 30, 2016

Buddhist principles are different from other disciplines. The Dharma focuses on interpreting below the surface and finding the ultimate resolution.

Buddhists preach “realizations”.

But what are realizations?

Those who have read the Buddhist tales know, when Siddhartha Gautama vowed to never rise from under the Bodhi tree until he has found the truth. When he finally awakened after 49 days of meditation, what “truth” did he realize?

He realized the Four Noble Truths; the way of life and death.

If we are able to comprehend the Four Noble Truths, we will be able to live the peaceful life as depicted by Buddha. The Sutra says, “All principles are karma born, and karma abolished”. Karma is many things, and is evident in human relationships: people may be loving and respecting each other, competing with one another, behaving in altruistic or hostile manners… Understanding karma and what it may lead to, will guide the pathway to enlightenment.

Buddhist principles are different from other disciplines. The Dharma focuses on interpreting below the surface and finding the ultimate resolution.

Hsing Yun (Buddhist monk; founder of Fo Guang Shan), has made an analogy. he opened his palms and said, “What you see is a hand. From the medical perspective, it is a part of the body made of bones, muscles, neurons, cells, and tissues. Literature-wise, it can be used to display grace, posture, and semantics. Philosophically, it contains meaning of life, emotions, etc. In Physics, the curling of fingers demonstrate the gravitational motion. All in all, the hand is a physical entity. However, it is a non-existent entity if explained using the Sutra: ‘All things contrived are like / Dream, illusion, bubble, shadow / And as dewdrop or lightning, / They should be regarded as such’. People’s thoughts are often biased, limiting the understanding of the ‘truth’. There are no ‘absolutes’ in the world, only perceptions by our minds.”

Obstacles and hardships can occur in life; but rather than perceiving them as challenges, they can be perceived as opportunities. A basic understanding of the Sutra can help you learn to change your perceptions into positivity.

Many people believe that, “Networking is extremely important in today’s day and age. Having a good network can help smooth the process of social interactions, goal attainment, etc. And vice-versa. Relationship building is influenced by karma, and so is everything else. For instance, being an entrepreneur means the need for raising capitals, investments, and market research. When the business is well-planned, it will have a greater chance of being successful.”

The timing is also an important aspect closely related to karma. Karmas for different things will take different lengths to mature. For example, when certain flower seeds are planted in the spring, they will bloom in the fall; some flowers are planted within the same year, but can only bloom in the next year; and others will take a few years before blooming. According to the Sutra, there is a cause and effect to everything. The same meaning is expressed by the words hung outside the Chalong Temple*, “Laughter truly is, the best medicine of all—you take yourselves far too seriously, and in so doing, you edge out the secret of harmony on your planet: living in joy. Today, seek out ten people who are not smiling, and go out of your way to put a smile on their face. In that way, you will have lit ten candles of light amid darkness."

We would like to thank the participation of the eight members who have attended this event.

*The Chalong Temple is a Buddhist temple located on the island of Putuoshan in Zhejiang Province, China. It was built during the Tang Dynasty, and remodeled during the Song Dynasty. The Chalong Temple was the residence for monks Yuanwu Keqin, Foyin, and Kumu Chengfa. Famous painter Zheng Banqiao also studied at this Temple. The horizontal inscribed board of the Temple was bestowed by Kangxi Emperor.

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