仁慈不是施捨 | Benevolence is not just charitable giving.

仁慈是对别人的痛苦与困境感同身受或提供力所能及的帮助并且不计回报。佈施不是有錢人的專利品,而是一份虔誠的愛心。人生最悲哀的感受莫過於〔人有眷屬,為我獨無〕。因此,菩薩道行者說:你們看待世間一切眾生,應該把年老者當作自己的父母去孝敬他;年齡與己相近者,就當作兄弟姊妹去敬愛他;年齡比較幼小的,則當作自己的子女一般去愛護他….,這是人性中最高潔、最真、最善、最美的愛。

Benevolence or compassion is empathising with the sufferings of others and within one’s means rendering help unconditionally. Generous giving is not only meant for the rich but anyone can give true love and concern. The most depressing feeling one has may be “all of them have family but not me”. Hence, practitioners of the bodhisattva way learn to treat all sentient beings in the following ways. All the elderly are my parents and I should respect them. All those around my age group are my fellow siblings and I should respectfully love them. All those younger than me are my children and I should care for them. This is the noblest, truest, kindest and most beautiful love in human nature.

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