DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- THE DREAM OF A CULTIVATOR
By Nhat Quan
dreams and ambitions, big or small. There are dreams formed
when you are very young, and life will be shaped by nurturing
your dreams and working hard to realize your dreams. Perhaps
it is because of recognizing the value of dreams for good in
everyone's life, there is an opinion that if someone does not
have a dream, their life becomes meaningless.
scholars have great ambitions for the future. Perhaps before,
you never thought that one-day humanity could set foot on
other planets, and the achievement of space conquest of the
astrophysic sciences as you have seen. It all started with the
dreams of scientists, the dreams of humanity's development.
cultivators, there are very simple dreams. It's so that people
love each other, don't hurt anyone, and don't rely on power to
bully anyone. A simple dream, which in the past Prince
Siddhartha went to find a way and then opened a new era, and
very practical for mankind today. Looking in the same
direction, each achievement of scientists and sages who have
gone before is imprinted with and comes from dreams and
aspirations to conquer the natural world or alleviate
suffering human pain.
dreams are normal needs in daily life. But it is also the
long-term plan, the upward aspirations for yourself. Dreams
are an important starting point, and can also be considered as
the basis for each individual to rise and fly high. But a
dream is only a dream if it is not accompanied by the
necessary preparation to realize that dream. Cultivators are
often associated with faith, enthusiasm, ambition, love to do
good deeds, and a bearing on other people's sufferings and
to the future and cultivators live for the future, so you must
live and strive for your dreams. Becoming a Buddha, a
Bodhisattva, or a sage all starts with thinking and daring to
dream. You dare to dream, dare to think new discoveries that
benefit others, and go beyond the limitations of your current
living situation to fulfill your aspirations. Dreams are like
rockets that are about to take off, but if not ignited with a
belief, will, and effort, they will forever lie on the ground.
In order for
your dreams to come true, feel your dreams within yourself and
learn how to nurture them. First of all, you have to find
yourself an ambition, and a passion, and ask yourself whether
you dare to give up everything to fulfill that dream or not.
For example, if a cultivator's dream is to become a Buddha or
a Bodhisattva, you must first practice being a teacher or a
nun, and the path to turning dreams into reality must go
through three stages:
- The first
and most important thing is to nurture in yourself a dream:
Out there, humanity is still suffering and waiting for you
...., That's a reason to live to motivate you to practice,
strive and rise up.
- Next, you
always have plans to gradually concretize and realize your
dreams. To do that, each of you needs to equip yourself with
practical knowledge and a solid educational foundation,
through which you must study and practice seriously.
- Finally, you
must know perseverance, and patience and make every effort to
overcome difficulties and challenges.
fulfilling your dreams, happiness is not in the destination
but in the path you take to the destination. Dreams can be
ordinary, simple needs. So keep dreaming because dreams are
not taxed. Dreams are not jostled, do not cheat, compete,
envy, or harm anyone, and always belong to the world hidden
deep within you. Every day watered with faith, the dream will
rise to health and success. Just like a small pine tree when
it first grows, it will one day become big and strong
You all have
your own life to follow your own dreams, to weave beautiful
dreams, and you all have the power to make dreams come true,
as long as you keep the faith,
Dream what you
want and go where you want to go. Do what you want to do,
because you only have one life and one chance to do what you
To survive and
rise up in life, each of you, everyone strives to move
forward. You are in control of your own destiny, in control of
your own life. Sometimes you seem to have firmly grasped the
opportunity in your hand and confidently move forward. But
sometimes, everything seems so far away from you and it only
exists in dreams. Each of you has also experienced joys and
sorrows before failure or success in life. Those are the
lessons learned from past mistakes, which will be the
experiences to forge a stronger and more steadfast will in the
future. A dream no matter how big or small, being cherished,
nurtured, and realized is a process with self-will and firm
steps, absolutely not to be despised.
Samyutta Nikaya, Chapter 3, the Buddha taught: There are four
types of youth that should not be despised and should not be
taken lightly because they are young. The four types of youth
- The young
- A baby
- A small fire
- A young
types of youth are like dreams that should not be despised and
should not be taken lightly because they are young. Likewise,
you should not belittle because dreams are in the future or in
imagination. That proves, the Buddha determined that the power
and capacity of dreams should be respected, not only because
of the potential later, but the role of youth also needs to be
recognized. Similarly, your dreams need to be conscious not to
be trivial. Because youth can do things that sometimes adults
can't do and youth can also shoulder the work of adults once
they have all the qualities of an adult. Likewise, when a
practitioner's dream becomes a reality, merit cannot be
life is in your own hands. Even if you lose everything, never
lose faith in life. Even if others think your dreams,
ambitions, and goals are useless, you should never give up. If
you give it up, your life will have no meaning. And faith is
still hope, as long as you have hope, you will dare to
challenge with difficulties to reach the goal of success. Only
when you really give up will failure really come to you!
No matter how
big or small the dream, how beautiful it is, it must be
associated with reality. Dreams or ambitions are important
starting points like the first basis for each individual. You
become great by dreams. All great men are dreamers. They see
things as a spring day, or in the glow of a long winter night.
Indeed, if in the past your Buddha did not see the sufferings
when walking through the four gates of the city, the will to
seek the way would not become fierce.
So for a
cultivator, if you already have an upward-oriented mind
towards good, try to nurture and protect, try to take care of
the bad days, until they bring sunshine and light. That is
what always comes to those who sincerely hope that those
dreams will come true. Don't let go of your dreams or
cultivator who dreams of one day becoming a Buddha, live your
dream today to whatever extent you can. Practice following
your heart. Be honest with yourself and ask yourself often
what you want and should do at this time. Passion is the
starting point of all dreams. As a motivation for you to be
enthusiastic, focus your strength to move forward. The road to
your dreams isn't easy, and this difficulty can kill your
dreams when you think you've reached your limit. Your passion
for your dreams will inspire you to overcome adversity. Focus
on what's important and let the fire of enthusiasm in your
soul burn forever.
willing to pay the price for your dream?
ready, then really give it all up for your dreams. But is the
price each person has to trade:
- May be a
safe passage, easy for many people to walk,
- Or the road
you don't know, even if it's difficult, you still have to keep
Once you are
ready like that, you know how to create for yourself a belief
in the future so that when suddenly there are moments of
weakness or stumbling blocks in this life will not slow you
down. Nothing can stop you from reaching your own dream of a
better future. There is nothing stopping you from becoming a
Buddha or a Bodhisattva. The true value of the dream of
becoming a Buddha or a Bodhisattva is a constant effort to
change lives. Never drown in dreams because only knowing
dreams is not enough, but work hard for your dreams to go, and
create your own path in life.
Live for your
dreams. Live the life you want, be the person you want to be
right now. Be courageous to decide and act without hesitation.
You may fall, but get up again. Even if you have fallen
dozens, or hundreds of times, at least you will not regret
having the courage to challenge. At least you lived your life
to the fullest, trying your best to fulfill your dream.
heart, there is a lighted fire, that fire is the desire to
become a Buddha, a Bodhisattva, a holy person in the future.
It is your responsibility to keep it lit. Each of you only
lives once. Life is so short.
Do not be
foolish to let people who lack faith, or discouragement
extinguish the fire of your dreams. You have to try to get
what you want, go where you like, act on your intuition, and
bravely face difficulties. Every day a little more try. When
you look back, you'll see you've come a long way.
being yourself is both your best friend and your biggest
enemy. Regardless of the praises and criticisms of people, at
the end of the day, when you stand alone in front of the
mirror and look at it, the image you see in the mirror is who
you really are.
accept all your strengths and weaknesses. so as not to be
disappointed or regretful about the past. And picture the
person you want to be and do your best to be the role model
you set yourself.
The purpose of
a cultivator is to serve sentient beings, so before you become
a Buddha, a Bodhisattva, or something, you live in this real
world to help each other. When you do something good for
someone else, you are also giving that good thing to yourself.
become a Buddha, bodhisattva, or sage, look around to see if
there's anything you can do for someone. To make their life
less sad and have a few more happy minutes. Here is a sample
story that makes sense:
Day, the crowds on the busy streets have become less frequent.
Thank God, business is going well today. The Smiths said after
seeing off their last customer to their shoe store. Through
the neon lights, the excitement and joy of Mr. and Mrs. Smith
can be clearly seen.
walked to the door and was about to put away the morning sign,
when, looking through a glass cabinet full of shoes, he
suddenly stopped before the eyes of a child. Mrs. Smith, who
was cleaning the shop, also came out at the same time, she
looked at the child for a moment, then pulled her husband away
- That child
is so pitiful, or do we agree to his request?
But Mr. Smith
shook his head in disagreement, saying:
- No, the boy
doesn't need a pair of shoes, honey, bring your best socks and
bring a basin of warm water.
walked out with a puzzled look on her face, not understanding
what was going on.
walked up to the boy and said:
Congratulations son, I have conveyed your wishes to God and
got an answer immediately.
The boy's face
began to show a smile.
The water was
brought in, Mr. Smith brought a small chair for the boy to sit
on, and then removing the boy's thick dirty shoes, he placed
the boy's cold, bruised feet in a basin of warm, light water
gently scrub it clean and say to the boy:
- Son, I'm
sorry, I wanted a pair of shoes for you, God did not accept,
He said he could not give you a pair of shoes but should give
you a pair of socks.
smile suddenly disappeared, his eyes filled with
- Don't worry,
son, listen to me clearly. Each of us is always praying to
God. But He cannot give us already good things, like a man who
has a treasure store. However, God can only give them a shovel
or a treasure map, in order to get to the real treasure each
person must find it for themselves. Believe in yourself, then
you will definitely have a bright future.
When I was a
child I prayed to God to give me a shoe shop, but God only
gave me a shoe shine kit, but I always believed that I was
holding a toolkit and making good use of it. Twenty years have
passed, and I have worked in many professions, from shoe boy,
apprentice, shoe repairman, shoe designer ... and now, I have
not only one shoe shop in this most luxurious street but also
a beautiful wife and a happy family.
Son, you too,
as long as you wear these socks to find your dream shoes,
never give up, you will surely succeed. Besides, God told me
to tell you:
- The God who
gave you something more beautiful than anyone, as long as you
are not afraid to fail, not afraid to give.
With his feet
washed, the boy carefully accepted from Mr. and Mrs. Smith the
stockings God had given him as if holding a mission, and left
the store. The boy took a few steps forward, then turned and
looked at the shoe store, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith waved at the
- Remember the
word of God, son! You will succeed, we await your good news.
nodded, his footsteps gradually disappearing into the dark
night. Thirty years have passed, also on a Christmas morning,
when Mr and Mrs. Smith were 70 years old, just opening the
door they received a letter from a stranger, the content as
Mr. / Mrs:
remember Christmas more than 30 years ago, there was a poor
boy collecting coal. He asked God to give him a pair of shoes,
but God did not give him shoes but gave him a pair of socks
more precious than gold. Those socks gave him more confidence
and courage, which I think is more important than any
charity's sympathy. Mr. and Mrs. Gift a pair of socks, letting
itself find its dream shoes, that is the great wisdom of Mr.
to Mr. and Mrs. honest and intelligent people. That boy had
worn his grandparents' socks and found for him the most
precious shoes. The boy who became the first President of the
United States that was George Washington.
everyone has dreams, but whatever the dream is, it's up to
each person. Live for your dreams. Live the life you want, be
the person you want to be, right now. Be courageous to decide
and act without hesitation. Maybe if you fall and get up
again. Even if you have fallen dozens, or hundreds of times,
at least you will not regret having the courage to try.
stop you from reaching your own dream of a good future,
nothing can stop you from becoming a Buddha or a Bodhisattva
in the future, that's for sure. Although a future time will
come for sure, in real life, you have to live gratefully,
learn to be content with yourself and you will feel happy.
Time is a
precious asset that life gives equally to everyone. Make time
for what interests you. Really live in the moment, find the
passion in your life.
is priceless and it's also completely free. You can't own it,
but you can make the most of it. Once you lose a moment, you
can never get it back.
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