DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- A PURE BODY AND MIND
By Nhat Quan
Almost all of
you want to have peace of mind in your life. Everyone wants to
be happy to forget the difficulties, hardships, and worries.
And enjoy moments of inner peace and freedom from worries.
To be like
that, you must first identify what the Pure Body and Mind is
- Is it that
the mind must not be delusional, and the body must be
a pure mind is a mind that is free of delusions. But if your
mind is not of delusions, what are you still practicing for?
Here you must
know that, when the Buddha talks about the pure mind, it means
to reveal the true mind and Buddha nature in each of you, not
to talk about your delusional mind, crazy attachments, birth,
when you generate the mind to recite Buddha's name, meditate,
and walk in meditation..., you have generated a spiritual life
source from your true mind, your Buddha nature. Because only
the Buddha mind, the Buddha nature, can you generate the mind
that wants to recite the Buddha's name, meditate, and walk in
meditation. As for the mind of delusions and wrongdoings, the
tendency to enjoy the five types of sex is not capable of
generating the wish to recite the Buddha's name and seek
rebirth in Ultimate Bliss. When you realize this, all that
remains is to practice diligently, until one-pointedness is
undisturbed, which is the most excellent way for you to
realize your own Amitabha self-nature.
It is a state
of stillness, and inner peace, along with a sense of freedom
in the body. Once there are no thoughts and worries there is
no sorrow, stress, and fear. Moments like these are not
uncommon. And you experience these moments, for example, when
you are focused on some interesting work or activity that you
love such as:
- When you
watch a good episode or an interesting TV show. Or when you
read a good book…
- Or when you
meditate or recite Buddha's name, walking in meditation. At
this time, your soul becomes more calm because more or less no
thoughts and worries. Other similar activities can also help
clear your mind of thoughts and worries. That will bring a few
brief moments of peace of mind and body.
Thus, in order
to keep your body and mind pure, you must first be pure in
your thoughts, and know how to fight against external
temptations so that your body and mind are always free and
clear. The reason you need to keep your mind clear is because
clarity of mind makes it easier for you to recognize and
fulfill the meaning of life in all aspects of this life, and
at the same time to be able to look into a better future.
future, in the next life.
So, if you
want to keep your body and mind pure, what do you need to do?
Venerable One's instructions, in order to keep your body and
mind pure, you must practice a few principles:
1- Reduce the
amount of time that you read the news in the newspaper and
watch the news on TV.
2- Stay away
from negative conversations and boring cynical people.
3- Don't hold
grudges for long, but learn to let go and forgive as soon as
possible. Because harboring hatred and resentment will harm
you and cause insomnia.
4- Do not be
jealous of others. Because jealousy means you lower your
self-esteem and this will cause a lack of inner peace.
5- Accept what
you cannot change. This helps you save time and energy because
of worries, suffering, and depression.
6- Every day
you have to face many unpleasant things, frustrations… So you
have to learn to get used to these things and accept them
7- Learn to
have more patience and tolerance for people in all situations.
8- Let the
past pass. Forget the past and focus on the present moment.
There's no need to conjure up unpleasant memories and bury
yourself in them.
9- Learn how
to chant sutras, recite Buddha's name, meditate, walk in
meditation... Just three or five minutes a day will do.
In the end,
you have inner peace, a healthy body that exists outside.
As a Buddhist,
you already know how to turn to the Buddhadharma, you should
strengthen your beliefs and remind each other about the
principle of impermanence to study diligently together, to be
worthy of being a disciple of the Buddha.
spiritual life needs to be nourished by the teachings of the
Buddha. Now, Venerable One has built a monastery for you, the
rest is for you to try to learn, and remind each other that: A
person with a pure mind and body, that person has the benefits
- To be able
to see the Realm of the Buddhas, to be with the saints
forever, that is the happiness that human beings always yearn
- Know how to
open your heart to accept everyone, and know how to care for
others. This is the type of person society needs.
People with a
pure mind and body easily recognize what the Buddhas want and
are ready to commit themselves to practice. In order for you
to keep up the spirit of practice, the venerable ones also
encourage you to regularly remember two things:
1- Praying for
Buddha's Protection: Because you are a being with many karmic
obstacles, you must ask the Buddhas for help.
2- Your own
* Live in
moderation, stay away from sinful things such as: Don't listen
to bad things, don't watch unhealthy movies and books.
disciplined, dress modestly, and politely.
* Read healthy
books, study hard, and work diligently to avoid being idle or
playing with bad friends.
In order to
easily recognize the deep intentions of the Buddhas and
promptly transform deep and thick karmic obstacles, you must
first have a pure mind and body. But to have a pure mind and
body, you must be grateful to the Buddhas, and have the
courage to stay away from what is harmful to your soul. And
always make a vow:
- May the
Buddhas help me to keep my mind always as pure as the water
from the source so that I will be with the Buddhas. I pray to
the Buddha to have mercy on me.
Having a pure
mind and body, not only improves your own but also sharing and
helping your loved ones and those around you. Or at least you
live without harming society, not hurting your loved ones.
A person who
has a pure body and mind is a person of virtue, morality, and
a person who has thoughts and the ability to help others.
Capable of being a refuge for others, and at the same time
developing good relationships with others.
In the mind of
every Buddhist, the Buddha is the ultimate, dignified, pure...
So many of you think that you are lowly yourself, not daring
to dream or not to be close to him and dare not:
- Bowing to
Buddha or reciting Buddha's name,
are always afraid of your body and mind being unclean, having
mixed thoughts, and not being pure, so you don't dare to
recite Buddha's name, meditate, walk in meditation... So
whenever you hear someone advise you to develop mindfulness,
your heart is very happy, but your mind is afraid because you
think you are not pure. This is a state of mind caused by
reverence for the Buddha's teachings that is reticent, not yet
committed to practice.
same way, some of you still think that when you come to a
dignified, sacred, and pure place, you must be like this, must
be like that, while you yourself are not like that, so you are
afraid not to dare to come. Moreover, every time you have the
opportunity to go to the temple to pray to the Buddha, you are
- Go to the
main hall, body and mind must be pure
- Must use the
pure mind to come to Buddha
As once said,
actually these are just reminders for the custom, moreover,
this also means that when entering the main hall, there must
be drop out things right and wrong on the street ..... The
truth is because the body and mind of You are not pure yet, so
You come to the temple to practice. But when the body and mind
are pure, there is no need to go to the temple or the ashram
to recite the Buddha's name, to meditate, to walk...
to an unconscious thought, you misunderstand, then let your
life go. In the end, you have to go through countless kalpas
in the cycle of birth and death. From clinging to the crazy
mind that thinks it's your true mind, it gives birth to low
self-esteem, guilt, and even conceit... until you turn your
head and look back, you'll see that you're an ordinary person,
create more unwholesome karma than good virtue. Insecurity,
affliction, and obscurations are more than pure and lucid.
Buddhists have a deep and thick faith and aspiration, you
should earnestly practice diligently, in order to remove the
dirt in your mind so that you gradually return to your good
nature, suchness, and your Buddha nature. You practice so that
the inherent goodness arises and sublimates so that the Buddha
nature which is usually daily becomes more and more clear. Of
course, then, the crazy delusions will no longer exist, the
body will be safe, and over time it will also fade away
according to your practice life.
For those who
study Buddhism, the most important thing is to cultivate a
pure mind. The mind is really pure, your luminosity is golden,
and the golden color will be bright. In a pure mind, evil will
not be able to commit. Pure Mind The Devil Don't Dare To Come
To Disturb. You yourself are full of merit and wisdom and have
the Buddhas to protect you, and good gods to bless. On the
path of cultivating the Bodhisattva path, you will definitely
have smooth sailing.
society is not good, there are many ghosts and demons, often
inciting young monks and nuns not at the temple to go out to
do nails, do hair, and take care to make money .... Buddhists
who have a mind to practice leave monks and nuns, leave
Buddhist called me and asked:
- Do you
believe in psychics?
also said that my temple has five spirits, the psychic said
that the Abbot must worship the dead for liberation, then the
monks and nuns will be able to stay in my temple.
- I know,
spirits, I pray every day. But it is not true that Buddhists
say that there are five dead souls, but these are the five
types of living ghosts:
* Ghosts hate
monks and nuns
* The soul
can't eat, break it for the foul
* The spirit
wants to be the controller of monks and nuns
* The ghost is
afraid of shame and smears others
Those are the
five types of living ghosts, You should feed it, whatever it
says you will say yes, whatever it wants, you will let it be.
In order to
keep your body and mind pure, you have to know how to calm
your body and mind. Then you must:
- First of
all, don't listen to foolish suggestions,
although you have sutras and chants in your home and worship
Buddha, that is not enough, you must believe deeply in
Buddhism without doubting, then you will naturally stay away
from ghosts and demons. Even though you practice, you still
have doubts, ghosts and demons will not be afraid of you.
there is a Buddha image in the house, you must sincerely
practice to be inspired. If a thought is pure, it will
immediately be touched by the way of communication. If there
is a Buddha image in the house, whether it is effective or
not, you must see if your mind is sincere or not. You have to
really believe in the Buddha, really believe in the Dharma,
then it will work.
In short, In
order to have a pure body and mind, you not only necessary to
practice some principles related to daily life but also to
have the ideal of reaching a higher and more worthy life.
dignity as a human being, dignity as a child of Buddha. Pure
living is the positive aspect of pure body and mind.
Therefore, in addition to avoiding wrong, deviant, and
nefarious views accompanied by lust, viewing, reading bad
publications, and vulgar language, Buddhists must respect the
happiness of yourself and the well-being of others.
remember, when your mind is a little impure, the devil will
enter your body, because now your body corresponds to them.
If you are a real practitioner, these ghosts and demons not
only dare not come to disturb you, on the contrary, they must
be very respectful to you. Even if it doesn't come to protect
you, stay away, and don't make fun of you because you are a
true practitioner. In addition, when you practice and study
properly, you will be protected by the three generations of
Buddhas in the ten directions, protected by all dharma
protectors and good gods, this is a certain principle.
And as a
person who really cultivates, becomes more and more simple,
and ordinary, and can't find anything special. In contrast,
people with unusual language and behavior, often spreading
bizarre news, are all problem people. Every day you see
ghosts, see Buddhas, see certain realms ..., self-identify you
are a talented person, then you must consider this type of
person with problems. You should especially take note. Whereas
a person with genuine practice, pure body and mind, everything
is very simple, clear, and light like the breeze, the clouds
in the sky.
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