DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- WHEN YOUR HEART
- IS WIDE OPEN
By Nhat Quan
Vietnamese people have a saying:
- The house is tight but the stomach is not tight
That is, it means people who have an open heart to receive
opinions and are willing to help those who are down and out.
Westerners also have a saying:
- Open mind
- I also want to say that this person's mind is always open
Talking about an open heart, everyone can do it, through
progress and willingness to strive towards goodness. The
image of the person who strives towards goodness is
represented in the Buddhist tradition by no one but Buddha
Shakyamuni. Thereby a beautiful image of the Buddha
remaining absolutely silent while meditating. It is that
silence that gives rise to the deepest love for human
beings. From then on, He brought salvation to humanity
without losing his heart.
The question is why he did not meditate on a mountain in a
deep forest, but instead meditated beside the Golden River
According to the explanation of the venerable monks:
- When Buddha sat by the Golden River or Nairanjana river in
silence with an open mind, His heart became gentle and the
love in His heart could flow with the river.
Similarly, when you silently look up at the stars in the
sky, you feel connected to the stars. When you listen to
your heart in silence, some invisible door is created, some
curtain is drawn aside, so that your mind and heart can be
wise, intelligent, understanding, and find. get glory.
It can be said that in social life there are many aspects,
but few people can find true value without the flow of
compassionate energy flowing through the heart. The mind can
grasp all knowledge about science and philosophy, but
without compassion and an open heart, they are also empty
scholars. Life has little true meaning and satisfaction, but
when the energy of compassion is aroused, a stream of fresh
emotions will appear. And all contact is healthy. Once the
heart is opened, life will naturally open up beautifully and
The brain can think about fantasy and adventure, but the
heart is always real. The mind always creates countless
problems and then finds ways to solve them. That's why there
have been too many problems happening in society, too many
seminars and conferences but the problems cannot be resolved
satisfactorily. Because you have little listening and little
understanding of the sources of suffering and happiness. You
often solve the problem at the top of the branch and rarely
know its roots.
An open heart and understanding are the source of light to
guide you to the shore of happiness. Love turns all troubles
into simplicity. Once your heart is open, all problems are
no longer so big for you. Thanks to inner silence and
calmness, you will easily face yourself when you lose all
your wealth, all your friends, and all your support. Even
when facing death, you are still secure, free, and at peace.
Therefore, you need to grasp the key to expanding your soul
and arousing warm, positive emotions in your heart. The
warmth brought by love is not a superficial emotion but it
gives you physical and psychological balance. It helps you
stay calm in every situation rather than panic.
Your brain can run to find advice, material joys, and other
entertainment to fill loneliness and sadness, but only
temporarily. You can find something beautiful, but there is
always disappointment and frustration in it. So if your
heart is still closed, life will still be lacking, even if
you read books, seek advice from friends and relatives, or
find joy in entertainment, in material things, but
eventually, you will feel anxious and dissatisfied. In the
end, you are still alone.
There are rocks in deep streams, or in the ocean, covered
with water day after day, or over thousands of years, but
inside they are still dry and solid. Likewise, even if you
try to understand yourself, through searching through many
different thoughts and philosophies, if your heart remains
closed and cold, you still cannot get in touch with meaning,
and the authenticity of life. If you are not open, no matter
where you are or what you do, you will not be able to reach
anyone, and no one will be able to contact you, including
the greatest Master. When you read through the scriptures,
you see that although the Buddha
is a noble teacher of all living beings, you still see that
there were times
when he still spent a little time on needles for his older
So when your heart is open, everything will
naturally come and harmonize with you. When the heart is
full of loving nutrients, it is self-sufficient and does not
need any other joy. Then you certainly don't need anything
else while you are enjoying true happiness.
In life, everyone likes happiness. So the moment of real
happiness is the main purpose of your life. All problems in
life are for peace and happiness. However, all your efforts
to find happiness have largely been misguided and seem to be
illusory. Because you thought that the answer to happiness
was too mysterious and far away, you thought that the race
to find happiness outside was not enough to grasp it, but
few people expected that it was all so simple for your
True happiness is a feeling of contentment in the present
moment. Eternal happiness is to continuously maintain a
state of contentment in every passing moment. That cannot be
sought from the outside, it can only be found within your
heart. Every moment passes with complete love for reality.
No matter how great any happiness is, its feeling is only a
moment filled with love in the present. If you maintain
loving mindfulness at all times, you become the essence of
love, of boundless bliss. Happiness is not something to talk
about, to look far away, even happiness when you realize
something is the same.
Simply, as long as your mind is quiet and your heart is
understanding and loving, happiness will appear. Even though
there are thousands of ways to find happiness without
stopping all ambitions and not listening to the voice of the
heart, if you go a little further and don't know how to open
your heart, happiness can never come to you.
In life, you cannot lack a quiet warm love, and a clear look
can give you. If there is a time when faith loves life more
than money and power, then those small but extremely
precious moments of the present are more than a bright
promise. At first listen, you might think it's absurd. But
true happiness that is found from the outside is very
fragile and difficult to grasp. Because what doesn't belong
to you will never stay with you forever. Happiness can only
be found in the palm of reality. Love with an open soul and
free mind are the happy emotions of your own heart. That is
the only feeling you can experience. If you accidentally
forget the most precious treasure in human life in the
present, it is an extremely unfortunate thing.
Poverty is something no one likes, pain is something no one
ever wants. But on the one hand, you run to find happiness,
and on the other hand, you often try to destroy it. On the
one hand, you want to open your heart to receive joy, but on
the other hand, you want to stay away, and not let anyone
know the deep secrets of your evil self. And by holding on
to negative energy, you unintentionally hold toxins in your
- Wealth, poverty, joy, or sadness are only temporary; they
do not belong to your true nature.
- True love is eternal joy. It is far beyond all misery and
happiness in everyday life. When noble love is achieved, all
else is no longer necessary. Philosophy, reason, freedom,
charity, and salvation are all considered unnecessary.
Wealth can come and go, and misery can fill life, but when
you don't be stubborn, don't despair, and be afraid,
everything beautiful will wait for you. And so there is no
need for it when you are enjoying a blissful joy. The
greatest gift of life is love, open hearts, and tolerance of
people for each other. Therefore, you do not need to be
afraid of the suffering and evil things of life, but only
afraid that you will not be able to sanctify your own life.
You do not need to be afraid of old age, not afraid of
death, or not afraid of the suffering that surrounds you,
but only afraid of your heart locked in four ego walls. If
your heart is open, all blessings will appear.
By holding on to all your ambitions, anger,
narrow-mindedness, and selfishness, no one can save or bless
you, and you cannot run to find happiness anywhere. When you
start walking on the path of love, happiness will be there.
You will have beautiful experiences that will
deepen and expand with new shades, new flowers, and new
Remember, life is full of difficulties, challenges,
disappointments, and sadness. Therefore, with an open heart,
sharing and spiritual encouragement have a very important
meaning. It is the open hearts and loving sharing arms that
will support and help you courageously overcome pain and
loss to look forward to a beautiful tomorrow with great
dreams and ambitions, and at the same time help You
experience life more fully. That is the noble idea of open
hearts, unique, deeply meaningful, close to life, and highly
self-aware and educational.
Actually, in this life, everyone desires to receive
everyone's attention and affection. Only ignorant people
dare to loudly declare:
- I can live alone in this world without needing any sharing
or love from anyone.
So how should you live to get that attention and love?
Remember, understanding and love are sacred and close
emotions in your life. No one can live in this world without
love. So if you want people to love you, you must first love
those around you. Open your heart and care for people, let
them notice your existence. Just like you, everyone is also
a human being who craves love and care, and you can
completely give everyone all of those things. Your life will
be much more meaningful when you know how to give love, know
how to use your heart to warm, and make the lives of those
around you warmer and happier.
In everyone's life, there are moments of sublimity and
moments of despair. When you face loneliness as the greatest
misfortune, it is better for you to have love and spiritual
support. The experiences and lessons about love, sharing,
and caring for each other will motivate you to open your
arms to share lovingly with friends and relatives and will
brighten your moments overcoming yourself will be a comfort
and relief when you are mentally stressed. In addition, you
also awaken your desire, encourage you to persevere in
nurturing your dreams, and be ready to overcome the
difficulties and challenges that you will certainly
encounter on the journey to turn your dreams into reality.
Then, you can find yourself, have more faith and energy to
realize your dreams and aspirations, know how to share and
sympathize with the pain of those around you, and feel the
true value of life.
In short, life is inherently full of difficulties,
challenges, disappointments, sadness... Therefore, sharing
and spiritual encouragement are very important. It is the
hearts that can open up to receive understanding and love.
Opening your arms to share love will support you and help
you bravely overcome pain and loss, towards a beautiful
tomorrow, with great dreams and ambitions, and at the same
time help you feel better and receive life more fully. So I
would like to repeat:
- Living in this world, everyone desires to receive
attention and affection from everyone.
So how should you live to get that attention and love? And
when you have such care and love, you must try to preserve
it and not lose it.
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