The Four Noble truths – Chap 67: The Law of causality

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The Law of causality is the base of our practice. If we don’t believe or understand the Law of Causality, then our practice will go a wrong way. The higher doctrine is the Non-existing that should be explained in the easy way. For example, we talk to people that everything in this world is just temporary, it’s relative only. We can tell them that “Even though the rich has a comfortable and happy life, they must leave all their property when they die. They can’t take anything with them. Therefore, we should seek for something higher, better, more significant than this normal life, such as a love between people and people, the knowledge and perception, so that we can get out of the overwhelmed with misfortune.” When we help people, we should talk to them something like this, or if we can’t talk we can give them some materials such as Sutra books or disc of preaching doctrines.

Being Buddhists, we should seek for usefulness for Buddhism behind our giving help. If people whom we help haven’t yet taken refuge with Triratna, then we should encourage them to take refuge. Because Buddhism supports people’s self-consciousness, we should never force the receivers to do anything. However, we need to encourage them to take refuge, and help them practice Buddhism. With people we just meet or help at the first time, we have no hurry to ask them to become believers; because they might misunderstand Buddhism. Or they might think that: “Oh, this person just helps me a little and wants me to become a believer. Maybe their religion is not good.” For this reason, we should only encourage them to do good and help them understand Buddhism until their conditioned-causality comes to them, and they “fall in love with” Buddhism, then they willingly take refuge with Triratna. It’s a simple way to help people.

This is such our Buddhism, which never tries to force people to become believers.

If a person we help suddenly bursts into flame of seeking for the goal of Enlightenment, which is called “make up the mind to Supreme and Perfect Enlightenment” in Sutra, then it’s the highest Right Karma, and our merit is the great. The person who seeks for Enlightenment has the great motive power of practice. We must try to protect this person. One day, he/she will contribute the best to Buddhism-Dharma and human beings in the future.

We help our practitioners do Buddhist works such as preaching doctrines, spreading Buddhism-Dharma, we are practicing Right Karma. Or we help people feel easy to practice meditation, we are practicing Right Karma, too. We ourselves will gain the great merit. If we can campaign for teaching the Law of causality to children in schools and to prisoners, then our merits are uncountable. Our country will be changed better, well developed, and wealthy. The Law of Causality is the basic morality. We can’t argue for morality if we don’t believe in the Law of Causality. It’s a force that we need to master the basis of the Law of Causality before we want to reason closely morality. If we form a theory of morality before we form a premise of the Law of Causality, then that theory can be unconvincing. Therefore, the Law of Causality should be the base on which moral theory is formed and this theory will be close and convinced.

Many prisoners were released from prison, and their minds can’t be changed better. They could only learn more tricks from their fellows in prison, so when they get home, their minds are even more evil. If criminals in prison are not only imprisoned but also re-educated well and taught with the Law of Causality, then they can change better to avoid committing crime again, after they are free. That’s why anyone who can campaign for the Law of Causality being taught in prisons will get much blessings.

 

Authorized by Thích Chân Quang

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