that have brought us together here on this earth were developed through
hundreds of thousands of eons. Isn it a pity that rather than
cherishing these affinities, we always want to hurt and humiliate each
Why should we cherish all living
beings? Why not just look after ourselves? There is a saying: “Heaven
has the virtue of cherishing life.” If we think only of our own
well-being, but fail to consider the well-being of other people and
other living beings, then we are being selfish.
“The Way of Heaven is
unselfish.” Nature allows the myriad things to grow naturally; each has
its right to survive. Even a small plant will struggle through the
winter so that it can produce a resplendent flower in the spring; how
could we mercilessly destroy it? The affinities that have brought us
together here on this earth were developed through hundreds of
thousands of eons. Isn’t it a pity that rather than cherishing these
affinities, we always want to hurt and humiliate each other instead?
All beings were born from and raised by their parents. Are we the only
ones who get to receive our parents’ loving care and to show respect to
our parents? Can we take away the right of other beings to do the same
for their parents?
Therefore, it is not enough to
respect our own parents and elders and to be careful and trustworthy in
our own conduct. We must also be kind and friendly to other people and
other beings. That is true humaneness. If we wish to refrain from all
evil and practice all good, we should constantly draw near to good
teachers and ask them to teach us how to conduct ourselves well and to
get rid of our bad habits. In drawing near such teachers, we should not
feel shy or embarrassed, nor should we fear difficulty. No matter how
far we have to travel, we should still draw near to them, not just sit
at home and wait for a good teacher to show up and teach us.