A stool must have at least three legs to stand, they depend on each other to support the base. Peace is the base of our life especially in this complex society nowadays. Only when happiness, love and success is built on peace, can the world be a better place to live in . If we can find such a kind of “three legs” for our life, it won’t be easy to fall down!
Free from attachment
In our life, we always misunderstand “depending on living conditions” as “attaching to living materials”, so that we mislead ourselves into a trap with entanglements. Imagine a person dug a pit for hiding favorite things and covered it with branches and leaves, but when he is looking for his favorite things, he forgets about the pit he dug before and falls into the “trap”. The pit is the trap that “the love to outer self ” dug for “inherent self”,. When he is attaching to his loved things, he himself became the attachment, and the attachment can not be separated from beloved things. So, that’s the moment he fell into the trap he dug for himself. When he is in the trap, he lost freedom of living at the moment, but stayed with expectation, disappointment, frustration and fear…he lost the opportunity to enjoy the reality of original life, which is covered by attachments of greed, hatred and ignorance.
Fulfilled with sharing
Somebody may say: ”yes, it is true that we need to share sometimes.” But what we should know is that we are sharing in every moment, which cannot be avoided in any way. When you are eating spaghetti noodle, you are sharing the air, water, earth and labor, etc., which are related to its production, processing, transportation and selling, etc. When you have some trouble with another person on the street, don’t forget he could be one of the people who serve your meal directly or indirectly. To be sure that everyone can find his value and position in this world, and his or its existing must depend on sharing directly or indirectly! Everything we do and experience are all the result of sharing – person with person, people with nature. It is a “complex formula” which everything is included in! The sharing itself has no differentiation. When we understand every moment is full of sharing, we will know what we should share with ourself and others.
Full-scale view (from inside to outside)
The cause-conditions-effect is the foundation to understand the manifestation of the world and the quality of life. When we are going to attach to something, we should be alert and ask ourselves: ”what purpose will this serve ?” and dig out “the concept of inherent self” which causes “the love to outer self”. When we can not find a “solid inherent self”, we will doubt “can the attachment really benefit this outer self? ” When we can recognize that the “unavoidable sharing” is the effect of “dependent arising”, we’ll believe the sharing is filled with understanding, care and inspiration.