DHARMA IN EVERYDAY LIFE
- ALTRUISTIC HEART
By Nhat Quan
altruistic Heart means that you are someone who always cares
for others, lives for others, and is not selfish, and not
for personal gain. Altruism is sacrificing something for
someone other than yourself. For example, sacrificing time,
money, or possessions without the expectation of any
recognition or reward, or benefit, either directly or
indirectly, from the recipient or the community.
the highest expression of your benevolent qualities. It does
not require much but a heart that knows how to share joys
and sorrows knows how to love one another.
altruism that you always put the purpose of everything you
do is for others, for the community, and for society. If
yes, because you also always strive for the common good of
everyone. When working always keep the hard part about
yourself, don't be lazy, don't avoid, and don't push the
work on others. When facing difficulties, know how to stand
up and shoulder the responsibility. When you fail, don't
blame others. You take your mistakes seriously. When success
is not bragging, tell the merits.
altruistic person, you always live peacefully, happily, and
friendly with everyone. You are easy to empathize with,
share, and are willing to help others. You also know how to
suppress your own emotions to please others. Always think of
others before thinking of you, that is, the one who worries
before the worries of the world is happy after the joy of
When you are
altruistic, you can easily sympathize and forgive the
mistakes of others. You rarely rebuke or embarrass others
when they make mistakes.
When you are
altruistic, you always worry about your actions and words
when you miss your words, because you never want to harm
others. When you have altruism, you will have the virtue of
self-sacrifice, the spirit of self-sacrifice, victory over
selfishness, and individualism. That is the basis for
Life is full
of conflicts, so forgive those who have hurt you. Because
that's the best way to connect emotionally and find peace of
mind. Altruism helps you live a happy and peaceful life.
Living with altruism will help a friendly living environment
and a better life with people.
altruistic, always loved, and respected by everyone.
Therefore, you often get help and easily succeed in life.
Altruism can touch people who have lost faith, you help them
regain faith in themselves and return to an honest life.
Altruism can also transform bad situations for the better.
altruism is the driving force to build true scientific and
artistic values that contribute to people. Indeed,
selfless love is the only effective way to balance. Love
will give disadvantaged people an opportunity to learn, rise
and be equal in the common good values of society. The
altruistic lifestyle is in line with the trend of the new
era, the era of globalization, on the basis of cooperation
also note, just because you live with an altruistic heart
does not mean that you indulge in bad habits, or excuse the
shortcomings of others. You live with altruism, you must
have personal courage, always have a personal opinion, and
not depend on others. In contrast, a selfish lifestyle,
living only for oneself, is cold and indifferent to the pain
of fellow human beings. A selfish lifestyle will cause
disunity, reducing the collective strength of the community.
why the Buddha left the palace of gold, the palace of
jewels, to seek the truth also came from the boundless
altruistic heart, towards humanity in particular and all
sentient beings in the Dharma Realm who are suffering in the
cycle of birth and death in general. And after attaining
enlightenment, the Buddha did not mind living life in the
rain and sun, thinking nothing of his own benefit. During
his 49 years of teaching and saving sentient beings, he
traveled throughout the five lake regions of India, just for
the purpose of teaching people how to live peacefully,
happily, and liberated, and build a developed, peaceful
society và prosperous.
following in the Buddha's footsteps, on the path of
practice, you have to perfect yourself every day. One of the
important basic practices in the process of self-improvement
is the practice of altruism. Altruism is an extremely
necessary practice that Buddhist disciples need to practice
in order to create a life of harmony, peace, and liberation
for you and for everyone.
when talking about Buddhism, the first basic principle that
is always mentioned is the path of compassion, selflessness,
and altruism. In other words, altruism is built on the
foundation of compassion and selflessness, that is, from
love. You have the altruism that puts you in other people's
shoes to deeply empathize with their joys and sorrows, and
their difficulties. And from there, implement ways to
support, and help others unconditionally, and even sacrifice
your own benefits and happiness to give people a good life.
have altruism that you think of others and know how to
forgive their mistakes. It is this good quality that is the
glue that binds the friendship between family members,
tightens the friendship, the dharma partner, to open the
arms of kindness to everyone in the union, in the social
is easy to say, but when it comes to showing forgiveness, it
is not easy, especially to tolerate and forgive the sins of
those who intend to harm you. Although it is difficult to
do, you have followed the Buddha to rely on insight to
observe all situations that come up in your life, and then
have the right behavior accordingly.
all, it can be said that forgiving someone who harmed you is
for your own benefit. Indeed, you know that in this life, no
one is perfect, everyone makes mistakes once in a while.
They say bad things and harm you because their thoughts,
words, and actions come from ignorance. If they knew what
terrible consequences such a sin would have, they would not
have dared to do it. Thinking like this, you can easily
forgive those who hurt you. Moreover, if you don't forgive
them, but keep harboring resentment, this evil mind will
gnaw at your mind, make your spirit tense, uncomfortable,
insecure, of course, very harmful to your health and work.
And the cause of hatred and anger is still stored in your
mind, at some point, it meets a predestined condition that
makes you utter rude and wrong words, followed by cruel
actions to take revenge. This inevitably leads to disastrous
consequences, disrupting your peace and the life around you.
step further, following the Buddha, imbued with the law of
cause and effect, you start to feel compassion for the evil
people who hurt you. Because they have created bad karma,
one day they have to receive painful retribution as you can
see, recently something happened. There are two people came
to the temple, a man and a woman stood in the street and
scolded the temple. Then a young man on the street felt very
uncomfortable, gave him a punch, cut his lips, shook three
teeth and he had to go to the hospital. You see the cause
and effect clearly in front of you, not far away.
In case you
are scolded, you don't pay attention to them, yield to them,
forgive them, and your heart is at ease, just worry about
practicing cultivation, so merit is increased. In other
words, thanks to them, you have the opportunity to achieve
altruism as taught by the Buddha, so you feel really love
them rather than hate them.
the way to practice, sometimes you also encounter arrogant
people who do not know what is right. They say they don't
need your forgiveness at all, and they just keep nagging.
Remembering the Buddha's teachings, you must realize that in
this case, you are meeting the wrongful owner. Thus, the
more you need to calm down, keep your mind pure, and observe
reality to solve the problem as gently as possible. I think
that is the best way to help you overcome obstacles and keep
your mind happy on the path of practice, especially being in
harmony with those around you.
altruistic life is a life that you live for the benefit of
others, no longer living for yourself. This is a good life
that all Saints have dreamed of and strived to achieve. An
altruistic heart or an altruistic life is a beautiful life.
When you make this life, it is possible to convince not only
people of your religion but also people of other religions.
You may live a little selfless life in this life, but you
basically know how to live altruistically. Perhaps in later
lives, you will have greater capacity, lead an altruistic
life of more influence, and do greater good for mankind.
an altruistic heart or an altruistic life is a beautiful
life that everyone praises are because for a long time, due
to intense self-grasping, you have been subjected to selfish
tendencies that dominate all thoughts and words say, and do.
From then on, in life, you only know how to live for
yourself, and do anything for your own benefit first. Like
when you were a child, you fought for food, drink, and love
with your brothers. Grow up, can use all tricks to fight for
money and power for yourself. This world is full of
suffering because of a selfish life. In the Four Noble
Truths, suffering is considered a fact, a reality of life
whose cause is selfishness. So, an altruistic life is a life
that helps you to be free from suffering. You don't need to
practice sublime dharmas, just living an altruistic life
will bring peace to your mind.
your life is full of unhappiness, is a disabled person, a
sick person, or a poor, uneducated person..., if you know
how to live an altruistic, unselfish life, the complexes,
and the sadness will disappear in your soul. Because an
altruistic life will counteract and destroy selfishness.
That is the truth that the Buddha stated in the Four Noble
Truths from ancient times. Therefore, an altruistic life is
an extremely beautiful life, always bringing benefits to
those around you because you always live for them.
On a small
scale, around is understood as in a temple, in a classroom,
in a family, neighbors, clans... On a large scale, it's an
entire social community, a world. Depending on the capacity
that altruism, your altruistic life affects to what extent.
Thus, when you have led an altruistic life, first of all,
those around you benefit, and you yourself erase all
is full of suffering because you only know how to live for
yourself, towards yourself. Therefore, altruism is a noble
and beautiful life that all saints have praised in the past.
The altruistic mind goes against the instinct of
self-grasping, against the selfish tendency, and makes this
life less painful. An altruistic life can cure many of your
mental illnesses, and many of your afflictions, and make
this life happier. In life, there are people who carry guilt
and sadness, if you know how to do a lot of charity and
altruism, you will overcome suffering. And the
contemplations against defilements are only temporary.
people's moral deterioration is also influenced by a selfish
lifestyle. When you have a good mind, entering the Way, you
have the hope of finding a liberated life. If you still live
selfishly, you are not worthy to be a disciple of Buddha.
Buddhists must live altruistic life. The ideal of liberation
and an altruistic life are one because they share an egoless
personality. Liberation is overcoming self-grasping, and
altruistic life is also beyond ego-grasping. If you
earnestly seek a life of liberation, you must do so by
living an altruistic life. Although you haven't practiced
much, every hour, every minute in this life, you live for
your brothers and sisters, for everyone. Living like this is
that you are gradually walking on the path of liberation,
and your ego is also being beaten violently.
liberated you must overcome self-grasping. There are many
ways for you to overcome self-grasping. The final path is to
go by concentration and wisdom. But before you can take that
path, you must lead a very selfless life. It means always
living for others, no longer living for yourself. Altruistic
life is also the crystallization of ethical life. You have
learned a lot about Ethics. Whether you learn to be fair, be
honest, learn to point out your mistakes, or learn to be
humble… and maybe learn more, later on, you aim to achieve
only one thing: an altruistic life.
This is a
story about altruism. The story is:
- There was
a beggar named Hoa Tu who went to beg for food every day. He
always wished to have a life like everyone else. So he
worked hard to beg for more to accumulate. But after a year,
there was still only a little rice in the storage space. He
didn't understand why, so he decided to find a reason...
he hid in the corner of the thatched hut quietly observing
where his rice was stored. Finally, he saw a large rat
stealing rice. He angrily shouted:
- The rich
family has so much rice, but you don't eat it and steal rice
from a beggar like me.
the mouse spoke:
- Your life
is only eight centimeters of rice, no matter how much you
earn and save, Heaven will not let you enjoy it
asked the mouse:
- I don't
know, you should ask the Buddha about this.
beggar decided to go to Tay Thien to meet the Buddha to ask
for clarity, as to why his fate was like that… So, early the
next morning, he packed his bags and set off, walking while
begging. He went through many villages and hamlets.
One day when
he was passing through a village when it was getting dark,
he saw a big house and knocked on the door to beg for food
and sleep for the night. At that moment the rich master came
out of the house and saw the beggar. The rich owner asked:
already dark, but where are you in such a hurry to go?
then told his story. When the rich owner heard this, he
immediately invited the beggar into his house, and then he
asked the maid to bring food and water for the beggar to
eat. After eating, the beggar stayed at the rich man's house
next morning, before the beggar departed, the rich master
brought the beggar some silver and dry food and said:
- I have a
daughter who is 16 years old but can't speak yet, so I want
to ask you to go to Tay Thien and by the way, ask the Buddha
why my daughter can't speak.
The rich man
makes my daughter talk, I will give her to that person.
heard that he agreed to convey the word to the Buddha.
Farewell to the rich owner's family, the beggar continued on
his way to Tay Thien. One day a beggar came to a high
mountain, he did not know how to cross this mountain,
suddenly a Taoist appeared, and asked the beggar:
- Where do
you want to go?
recounted his life to the Taoist and concluded: That's why I
had to go to Tay Thien to ask the Buddha.
beggar say this, the Taoist said:
- I have
cultivated for 1000 years, I should have gone to heaven, but
so far I have not been able to go. By the way, he helped me
to ask the Buddha why.
listened to the Taoist saying and agreed to convey the word
to the Buddha. Then the Taoist used his wand to take the
beggar over the mountain. Farewell to Taoist, the beggar
continued to go to Tay Thien, after not knowing how many
days he passed, a wide river appeared in front of him, but
there was no boat on the river. Now he feels anxious, and
impatient, what to do now, how to cross the river? He broke
down and cried:
- Is it
possible that my fate is so miserable...
old turtle appeared in the river, and he asked the beggar:
- Why are
you sitting here crying?
then narrated his own story one at a time, and the old
turtle said to the beggar:
- I've been
cultivating for five hundred years, logically I should have
turned into a dragon and flown back to heaven, but why am I
still just a turtle? If you go to Tay Thien, please help me
ask the Buddha why, I will carry you across the river, the
beggar is very happy and agrees.
crossing the river, the beggar continued to go for countless
days, then one day he also reached the place he expected. In
front of him was the marvelous vihara where the Buddha and
the Sangha resided. After brushing off the dust on his
clothes, he solemnly entered to meet the Buddha sitting on
the lion's throne. After making three prostrations, he knelt
to one side, facing the Buddha. At that time the Buddha
- You have
come from far away, you must have something important to
- Yes, I
want to ask you a few questions, hope you will explain so
that I can be clear.
- Okay, but
with one condition, you can only ask three questions because
no one can ask more than three questions.
agrees. But in fact, he had four questions in his mind, so
he wondered which three questions to ask. Then he thought:
- It is not
easy for the turtle to practice for five hundred years, so
his question should be asked first. The old Taoist also
practiced for a thousand years and worked very hard, so his
question also needs to be asked. The daughter of the rich
man is also very pitiful, can't speak, and dares to marry,
her problem should definitely be asked. Come to think of it,
he felt that his problems no longer mattered. So the beggar
did not hesitate to ask the first question. Buddha said to
- The old
turtle could not let go of the turtle shell, so he did not
cultivate, it because inside the turtle shell there are 24
pearls. If the turtle can remove that shell, he can
definitely turn into a dragon.
answered the second question:
- The old
Taoist every day holds a treasure stick, never forgetting to
carry it with him because the stick is a treasure, if he
uses the stick to draw on the ground, a cool stream will
appear. If the Taoist can drop that stick, he can ascend to
was overjoyed, then asked the last question:
- The Buddha
replied, if the mute girl meets her lover, she will
naturally be able to speak
did not have the opportunity to ask the Buddha about his
destiny, after hearing the Buddha answer the three questions
that everyone asked him to ask Buddha was answered, the
beggar was overjoyed, He stood and bowed to the Buddha three
times and left. On the way back to his old hometown, the
first person Beggar met was an old turtle. Meeting the
beggar, the old turtle happily asked:
- Did you
ask the Buddha about my destiny?
- Take me
across the river first, then I will tell you what the Buddha
tortoise took the beggar across the river, when he reached
the other side he immediately recounted the Buddha's
teachings, the old turtle understood immediately, and
removed the shell, and gave it to the beggar, and the old
turtle also said:
twenty-four pearls are priceless treasures, but they no
longer mean anything to me, so I give them to you.
that, the old turtle turned into a dragon and flew away.
held twenty-four pearls in his hand and then hurried on his
way, returned to a certain mountain to meet the old Taoist.
The old Taoist asked the beggar what the Buddha said, the
beggar immediately narrated the Buddha's teachings, the old
Taoist was very happy, and immediately gave the stick to the
beggar, then immediately rode clouds fly straight to heaven.
continued his journey, and arrived at the rich man's house
after the employee opened the gate, the beggar had just
entered the front yard, suddenly in the house, a beautiful
girl ran out, she said in a happy voice:
- The person
who went to see the Buddha has returned.
At that time
the rich man also came out of the house, he was very
surprised, not knowing why his daughter could talk. After
listening to the beggar recounting the Buddha's teachings,
the rich man was overjoyed and immediately gave his daughter
in marriage to the beggar.
ended, and finally, the beggar could not ask the Buddha
about his destiny but got the answer in the process after
returning from Tay Thien.
story, you see, the beggar in a difficult situation, finding
the Buddha was not easy, but when he met the Buddha, he did
not think about the poverty and hunger he was suffering. He
still decided to take that rare precious opportunity to ask
about the fate of others. In the form of a beggar, is a
rich, open heart. Because of that noble heart, he deserves
to receive the blessing:
- Receive 24
precious gems from the old tortoise, a magic stick from the
Taoist Taoist, marry a young wife, the daughter of a rich
the world, there are poor people, and rich people, in fact,
it's not random, but it's all due to your blessings or
karma. If you did good deeds in your previous life, you will
accumulate good deeds in the next life. If you do a lot of
evil deeds, then in this life you have to pay the karma, so
you have to suffer for the destruction of karma.
So, if you
want to change your destiny, you just need to do good deeds,
accumulate virtue, and think about others before you think
of yourself as the beggar mentioned above, then fate will of
course be reciprocated. What you get in return is what you
give. The hardest thing is to think of others before
thinking of yourself. Altruistic for someone but not for
you. If you can do that, then everything you should get will
you must know and understand that altruism is to yield, not
to be bitter, not to win or lose with everyone, and to let
go of all hatred and anger in your heart. It is the most
beautiful human life, also the ideal that Buddhist disciples
must pursue. You have to live for everyone, from the very
small to the very big. Whether you are pursuing a great
project such as bringing Buddhism to people, building a
nursing home, building an orphanage, etc., you still
remember not to overlook the very little things in life when
it is beneficial for everyone around.
Deep down in
your soul, you must keep that in mind. That is, not afraid
of hardships, no matter whether your life is happy or
miserable, you just need to give it to others. You end all
goals in your life so that from here on, there is only one
goal, to benefit and bring happiness to others. If you do,
you will never suffer again, even though the hardship may be
the spirit of selflessness and altruism is a unique
personality trait of Buddhists, in the history of Vietnamese
Buddhist literature, and perhaps also a personality that
people in modern society need to guide coming, aiming to
build a society: Truthfulness, goodness, and beauty with a
real happy and peaceful life.
Particularly, for Buddhist disciples, altruism and
altruistic work need to be promoted on the basis of
compassion and selflessness. It is a practice that helps you
to purify your mind, cultivate good things, and perform
deeds that benefit others. And that is also one of the
practices that help you develop your wisdom, grow your
virtue, and flourish on the path to Perfect Enlightenment,
and at the same time build a world of Ultimate Bliss in this
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