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The Argument of Who is Good and Who is Evil

Published Hunyo 8, 2014 by jptan2012

Good_Evil_Wallpaper_by_VermishisThe past few weeks, I was lucky enough to have several healthy discussions with a reader who has become a good friend. DU and I would always try to meet up to simply talk about Feng Shui and charms and amulets, however, lately our discussions has become so much deeper, to some extent it has become philosophical.

I believe we were discussing about karma when we got to talk about good and evil. She was asking me whether a person is innately good or bad. I told her that I believe that all people although they may be doing things that we perceive as bad, to the extent that we label them as bad are all capable of doing being good or they have the inner desire of wanting to be good rather than bad.

But the questions is although for most of us there is a clear cut definition of whether a person is good or bad, I really believe that in the end, while there are good or bad things and that there are people who do good or bad things there can’t be a person who is absolutely bad. As mentioned, I believe that most if not all people generally want to be good even though they may be doing bad things.

But what is really good or bad. I can go on and on and on making arguments of what is good or bad. I can say that if it hurts somebody then it may be considered as bad, but I would like to share here that in the Buddhist’s perspective, there are no clear cut answer of what is good or bad. What is good or bad boils down to the intent of the person committing the act. For example, and I’m sharing here what I told Denise, if I slap her people will generally think the act as bad, but the truth is it boils down to my intent. Using this as en example to drive my point but even if I cannot give a reason as to why I would slap DU, in Buddhist perspective the act itself should not be categorized as good or bad, it’s the intent that one must look at.

We got to talk about Hitler, and I know I must thread carefully here in talking about him. History has already presented Adolf Hitler as one of the most evil people the world has witnessed and the world has ever had. Maybe he is, I certainly don’t agree with the things he has done. But if I were to be a good Buddhist, the truth I should not readily judge him, what I should be doing is to look at Hitler’s intent. I should be asking questions like what were his intentions? Is it possible that he truly believe that the Aryan race is the superior race and that he is doing the world a favor by eradicating all the Jews in the world? Again, I’m not saying he is right, in fact even if I live in a different generation, I cant help it but be appalled at the thought of what he did to the Jews. I’m appalled that be orchestrated the holocaust! The act of killing human, much less all those innocent, helpless kids makes me angry, but if I were to be a good Buddhist I should not be judging Adolf Hitler as evil, instead in the end one should look at his intent, and again at the end only he can truly say what were his intentions.

Of course, we cannot deny all the evil that he has done and as a Buddhist it is my belief that one has to fight all the “bad” things that are happening in this world, keeping quiet is almost tantamount to doing the act itself. But we should fight this with love and compassion and kindness. However, the “perpetrator” should not be judged and one should deal with the “perpetrator” with love, compassion, kindness, and we must seek to understand his or her motivation and intent. In truly trying to understand the motivation and intent it is only then when we can truly help stop his acts that may be causing harm. However, we can never judge the “perpetrator” because in the Buddhist perspective he is the only one who can judge his or her intent and whatever his intentions are it will be dealt with by his karma.

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The Power of Positive Personality

Published Abril 25, 2014 by jptan2012

I hope that this post doesn’t get me into trouble and be accused of favoritism, but the truth is favoritism is something that we can’t avoid. How can you avoid playing favorites with people who makes you feel good?

happy_face_Yesterday, I wrote about DU, who is now a friend that used to be only a reader. I think what really drawn me to her and her husband is the fact that they are both has a very positive personality, they exude positive chi. DU can be a little over analytical and thus it leads to her being worrisome at times, but I believe that she has a good heart and it exudes out of her that is why we became friends. In fact, to be completely honest, I can be quite selfish with my collection of Feng Shui charms and Buddhist pendants or amulets, but I find it easy to share it with DU and her husband because it doesn’t feel like I’m totally parting with those things but rather handing over them to better people.

Recently, I again had the opportunity to meet another reader. Elisa G, is from Mindanao, and although we’ve talked over the phone, we’ve never actually met in person until recently. She’s born under the sign of the dragon and although our Chinese zodiac signs doesn’t really match, she totally exudes a positive attitude, positive energy which is a reflection of her good heart that I find myself drawn to her and wanting to become her friend. In fact, she’s so positive that I find myself offering her some of the rare amulets that are with me. Something that I don’t really do because some of these amulets are quite difficult to find and I’m not sure whether I can still get them.

To be completely honest, I can be classified as a hoarder when it comes to collecting Feng Shui charms and Buddhist pendants and amulets. But both DU and Elisa G has helped me learn or are helping me learn to accept that we shouldn’t put any emotional attachment to material things, whether these are rare amulets, or an expensive piece of Feng Shui charms or Buddhist pendant. But more than that this shows the importance of having a positive personality, because it has the ability to make people feel better thus helping them become a better person.

Note: I used Elisa’s name here because she has agreed to let me put her name.

Ordinary Miracles

Published Abril 24, 2014 by jptan2012

A reader who has since become a good friend gave me a CD produced by Lillian Too. It’s called Praises to Tara. According to my friend, DU, since she started listening and playing the CD her life has slowly improved. I personally don’t find this surprising because I’m familiar with the effects of mantra, even if one just listens to it.Praises to Tara

But there is always something new to learn, and I’m really happy that DU gave me the CD as a gift, not only I find this kind of gift really wonderful but also listening to it I know I’ll also get some blessings. Also, Lillian Too’s voice is quite soothing, but she said something in the CD that made me think that sometimes I may be looking at the effects of Feng Shui, and writing it in a wrong way. The testimonials I write about mostly seem outrageously amazing, and maybe it is sometimes a function of how I write. However, as Lillian Too mentioned on her CD, that continuously practicing the Praises to Tara will not create an outrageous miracle, but instead it will create ordinary miracles that one day you will just realize that whatever you wish for has happened.

I think this is true not only with regards to the practice of Tara but rather it is true to all Buddhist rituals and Feng Shui cures. It is the ordinary miracles that are astounding because it is the one that helps you go through the process and learn along the way. I know that a lot of what I’ve written, especially the ones that I call WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT miracles, seems always so astounding, and there is no denying that some of them are, but the truth is most of them are ordinary miracles. Like LC’s new business and his father winning the elections. The truth is along the way they have to work hard and it took weeks or months before it happened. Also, about the wife finding love, it’s also a process and experiencing ordinary miracles before it became a true miracle! DU and Lillian Too made me realize that it is the ordinary miracles that are truly wonderful and astounding. It is what makes you grow as a person because it’s the process that makes you a better person.

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