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Q&A15: How to understand “All is Well” correctly?

Question: Since the true nature of all sentient beings, who are also the future Buddhas, is Buddha, then all of them are on the road toward Buddhahood and all their experiences are to eliminate bad karmas. Therefore "Everyday is a good day. Everything is a good thing", and everything is moving toward Buddhahood. Is this conclusion correct? Answered by Acharya Zhiguang: Everything cannot be good but will only be the confusing Samsara without one appropriately listening to, contemplating and practicing Dharma. Rather, only when one devotedly takes refuge in the Three Jewels and listens to, contemplates and practices Dharma according…

2017.07.16

Question:

Since the true nature of all sentient beings, who are also the future Buddhas, is Buddha, then all of them are on the road toward Buddhahood and all their experiences are to eliminate bad karmas. Therefore “Everyday is a good day. Everything is a good thing”, and everything is moving toward Buddhahood. Is this conclusion correct?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

Everything cannot be good but will only be the confusing Samsara without one appropriately listening to, contemplating and practicing Dharma. Rather, only when one devotedly takes refuge in the Three Jewels and listens to, contemplates and practices Dharma according to the Buddha’s teachings, can “everything be a good thing”.

Master Yin Guang said: “What is called that only after we have cultivated merits through Dharma practices, can our true nature be manifest. If we only count on our true nature while not doing Dharma practices to cultivate merits, then for ever and ever, we will always be sentient beings only containing the Buddha nature but having nothing to rely on.” It’s said in Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra: “In southern Jambudvipa, all actions and thoughts of all the sentient beings are either bad karmas or sins.” Without appropriately listening to, contemplating and practicing Dharma according to the Buddha’s teachings, we are only to bring ourselves new suffering, so how can everything be a good thing?

 

Q&A15: How to understand “All is Well” correctly?

Q&A15: How to understand “All is Well” correctly?

2017-07-15

Question:

Since the true nature of all sentient beings, who are also the future Buddhas, is Buddha, then all of them are on the road toward Buddhahood and all their experiences are to eliminate bad karmas. Therefore “Everyday is a good day. Everything is a good thing”, and everything is moving toward Buddhahood. Is this conclusion correct?

Answered by Acharya Zhiguang:

Everything cannot be good but will only be the confusing Samsara without one appropriately listening to, contemplating and practicing Dharma. Rather, only when one devotedly takes refuge in the Three Jewels and listens to, contemplates and practices Dharma according to the Buddha’s teachings, can “everything be a good thing”.

Master Yin Guang said: “What is called that only after we have cultivated merits through Dharma practices, can our true nature be manifest. If we only count on our true nature while not doing Dharma practices to cultivate merits, then for ever and ever, we will always be sentient beings only containing the Buddha nature but having nothing to rely on.” It’s said in Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Pūrvapraṇidhāna Sūtra: “In southern Jambudvipa, all actions and thoughts of all the sentient beings are either bad karmas or sins.” Without appropriately listening to, contemplating and practicing Dharma according to the Buddha’s teachings, we are only to bring ourselves new suffering, so how can everything be a good thing?