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Slide1:

The Force of Karma

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In the early 1990’s I listened to an audio tape, “The Force of Karma”, spoken by Venerable Master Hsing Yun. It helped me recognise and understand the difference between good (wholesome) and bad (unwholesome) karma.

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I attended several Sunday Buddhist Repentance Dharma services at Nan Tien Temple in Parramatta, and started to cultivate wholesome karma by learning to observe my own actions, to do more good and cease all wrong doings. As the Buddha taught: “Do all good deeds; Cease all evil acts”.  

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The Venerable Master teaches the “Three Acts of Goodness”: to do good deeds, speak good words and think good thoughts. We thereby accumulate merits whilst removing unwholesome karma.

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This is why practicing the Three Acts of Goodness and the Four Givings : Give others faith, give others joy, give others hope and give others convenience, are fundamental to Buddhist practise.

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Practising Buddhism with cultivation has changed my destiny.

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Vincent, Real Estate Agent “Practising Buddhism with cultivation has changed my destiny.”

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“When we practise the Three Acts of Goodness - do good deeds (virtue), speak good words (truthfulness), and think good thoughts (beauty), our minds will be filled with the power of integrity, and we shall inherently be relieved from adversity and calamity.” Humanistic Buddhism

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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On rejoicing for others

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I had a situation at work where during discussions some of my colleagues would switch from English to their native tongue when we had all been speaking English.

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This made me annoyed and angry.

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It was interesting to watch my mind come up with all sorts of classifications of their behaviour according to my culture – “it’s so rude”. I realized that I was getting angry because I felt left out.

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I didn’t confront them about it, Instead, from a Buddhist perspective I tried to find a way to deal internally with my feelings. What helped me was one of the vows of the Bodhisattvas -“rejoice in the merits of others”.

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Applying this to the situation cut off my anger immediately and I was able to rejoice for them being able to speak in their own language and experience good karma.   It completely changed the situation and I didn’t get angry anymore .

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“What helped me was one of the vows of the Bodhisattvas, ‘rejoice in the merits of others’”

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“With an open mind, you shall transcend all differences between the self and others, as well as free yourself from attachment, delusion, and affliction.” “ Humanistic Buddhism

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Tom , IT professional

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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On Non-Self

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My initial experience with Buddhism was “non-self”. I rate “non-self” as the most important experience I’ve had. It helped me understand that my problems were actually self-created and not really problems at all. I needed to change perspective.

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My life lacked enjoyment, it was unfulfilling, I was going through a bit of a mid- life crises looking for more. Before Buddhism life was more about myself but through the teaching of “non-self” and practice I realized that didn’t matter that much. Understanding of non-self leads to true happiness.

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The Dharma has helped me in my relationships, family, not getting angry, realizing I can’t change people. Through practice I’ve learnt to compromise and be tolerant of other peoples’ perspectives. I’ve been married for 26 years – a healthy relationship is more important than being right.

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“Understanding of non-self leads to true happiness”.

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“No Self: The Buddhist doctrine of selflessness is not to make us deny ourselves but to teach us not to stick to that smaller and ignorant self.  Instead, we should bring out that “true self” who makes us bigger, more purified, greater, and more elevated.” Humanistic Buddhism

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Alex

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“Humanistic Buddhism” “Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world. :

“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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A simple life

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Buddhism has always been a part of my life.

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In high school, I was part of a youth volunteer group that handed out pamphlets at Nan Tien Temple.

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At university, I attended a meditation retreat where I was exposed to Buddhist teachings. Those teachings became the guidelines for living my life. This was how my faith journey started.

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In 2010, I went to India on a medical mission, volunteering at community health centre and schools in remote villages. The trip transformed me.

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I saw people who were content, even though they had very little. They had let go of non-essentials to live a simple life – one of the main tenets of Buddhism. It was a life I aspired to.

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My faith is an intrinsic part of me. It has given my life structure and purpose. It has given me peace. I feel I am now living a more meaningful life.

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“My faith has given my life structure and purpose.”

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“The Buddha, as a being of the human world, has always asserted the key tenets of normality, simplicity, impartiality, and pertinence as well as humanism” Humanistic Buddhism

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Stacey, teacher

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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On realising true wealth On realising true wealth

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“I see Buddhism as vast and a way of living that takes many lifetimes to perfect. .

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I encountered Buddhism when I went to Bali. I became inspired because the local people live what they believe.

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Later, life crumbled as I suffered through bankruptcy and lost everything. I then realized that I was living a ‘falsehood’ - building up wealth and looking good.

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It was all superficial and I didn’t know how to get out of it. I finally learnt to rely on myself and to stop the judgements and the delusions. I reset my standard on how to be a good person.

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Only when I learnt to be compassionate to myself could I be compassionate to others. I’m grateful for the experience of suffering as it gave me the chance to change a path which I otherwise would still be bound.”

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“The value of faith lies in broadening one’s horizons, elevating oneself, liberating oneself, and harmonizing the self and the world.  I believe that these ultimate goals of Humanistic Buddhism can only be accomplished by self-effort. ‘Be your own mentor’.” Humanistic Buddhism

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Sofan , Artist “Only when I learnt to be compassionate to myself could I be compassionate to others.”

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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On Death and Suffering

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I often recall one of the first patients I looked after.  She was in her seventies, lived alone and had lots of health problems. I was intent on fixing them all. Despite my efforts, she died shortly after.

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Over time, I realised that perhaps I hadn’t really helped by trying to “fix” everything. Did I really alleviate any of her suffering and pain?

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We often feel death and suffering is a failure on our part.  We know it is inevitable, but deny its reality.  

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The Buddha’s teachings gently ask us to face these realities and give us tools to help us through life’s journeys.   Using this guidance has made my work more meaningful.

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While we are trained to be technical “experts”, having the personal strength to be someone’s support through their path of suffering has been an even greater privilege .

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“Buddha never taught about suffering to worsen our aversion to life and reality.  His intention was to draw our focus onto suffering itself, and cultivate virtue to attain ultimate peace” Humanistic Buddhism ”

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Priscilla, Medical Doctor “having the personal strength to be someone’s support through their path of suffering”

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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Understanding Attachments and Habits

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The Buddha’s teaching on Impermanence helped me to stop drinking alcohol. This was something Western psychology and Alcoholics Anonymous couldn’t do.

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It helped me recognise that I was attached to the way alcohol made me feel . I was more confident, relaxed, cheered up, calm, and found it easier to socialise. Infact , I was attached to it in almost every situation and found myself desiring it more and more. The problem was that I was trying to create a permanent feeling from something that was impermanent.

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Through practising meditation and mindfulness in the Buddhist context of the Noble Eightfold Path, I was able to cease drinking completely in 9 months. I’d been trying for 15 years.

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We become very good at what we practice. The Buddha taught us that “the mind is everything what you think you become”.

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What you should let go of are the greed, anger, ignorance, and afflictions in your mind. “Humanistic Buddhism” 51

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Michael, Manager “I was able to cease drinking completely in 9 months.” “”

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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Equality and Respect

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When I was a teenager, I honestly think I had a “midlife crisis”. I would ponder and worry a lot about all the anger and injustice in the world .

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I remember thinking that religions all fundamentally have the same principles: peace, harmony, love and compassion.   And yet there seemed so much conflict about this “God” who existed externally.

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I wondered to myself whether we should really be looking internally; whether instead we should be striving to elevate ourselves, to believe in ourselves, and to find all those qualities within ourselves.

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Attending a Dharma talk at the urging of a friend, I remember feeling everything “click” when the Guiding Venerable said “Everyone is a Buddha”; that each of us actually does have the potential to find that peace, harmony, love and compassion.   And Buddhism is that friend and guide along this path.

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Now Buddhism is with me every day.  Pain and sadness are inevitable in life. But often I feel the familiarity of the Buddha’s teachings “click” in my mind, and I find strength from the Dharma to help myself and others.

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“ Find all those qualities within ourselves.”

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“Our intrinsic nature is the same as his; we retain the Buddha-nature within.   That is why taking refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddhism is to take refuge in ourselves, just as the Buddha encouraged his disciples to “rely on oneself, rely on the Dharma, and rely on nothing else.” Humanistic Buddhism

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Mei, IT Professional

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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On The Benefits of Meditation

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I had social anxiety and depression throughout my late teens and Buddhism seemed like it would help. Initially I read a lot of Buddhist texts, as well as any philosophy about the self and reality. Around the same time I also began to practice meditation. Practicing meditation really helped me to understand my anxiety and depression and after a few years they went away.

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I don't practice meditation formally so much now but what I have learnt continues to benefit me everyday. Buddhism has helped remove my anxiety and depression, increased my compassion and love, and helped me understand me. For that I am grateful. 

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Like the ibis I too was initially lost, but now I have adapted and am comfortable in life. 

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Matt, university student

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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“Meditative concentration is a key practice to finding peace and purpose in life”. Humanistic Buddhism

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The giving of fearlessness

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It was a quiet Monday at Nan Tien Institute when I was approached at the reception desk by a couple and their teenage son. After some small talk, it became clear that the downcast young man was having difficulties and was seeking some answers in life.

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He expressed some interest in Buddhism and I took the opportunity to give him information on the Buddhist College and IBAA Chatswood and Kogarah events.  I sincerely hoped he would find some peace and happiness.

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Later, by chance, I found out that this young man had taken part in the recent Precepts Retreat and become a regular volunteer at IBAA Chatswood and Kogarah.   He had started to smile again, and his family found great joy in his renewed enthusiasm and enjoyment in life.

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I was grateful to witness the strength and healing which Buddhism can give.

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“In addition to the giving of money and Dharma, there exists an even more important form of giving – the giving of fearlessness.  This means to protect people from worry and fear just as how a mother protects her baby, and how a nation protects its people.  The greatest form of giving is to offer humanity a life filled with happiness and peace as well as freedom from fear.” Humanistic Buddhism

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“I was grateful to witness the strength and healing which Buddhism can give.”

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Lin Pin, Receptionist

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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On Relying on Oneself

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“I started to believe that if I couldn’t be “perfect”, then what was I worth?”

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As a child, I was an accomplished dancer. I learnt to strive for perfection, first-place, loving every bit of praise.  It became hard to take criticism, or even anything short of a compliment.

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As I grew into a teenager, I started to believe that if I couldn’t be “perfect”, then what was I worth? Eventually all of this accumulated. I spiralled into depression, anxiety and a subsequent eating disorder.

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After much “soul searching,” I decided to study Buddhism. Reflecting on concepts like The Middle Way, No-Self and particularly the Humanistic aspect of Buddhism taught me that all of this striving for personal perfection was really selfish, detrimental and ultimately just groundless.  I was the cause of my own problems – and only I could fix them.

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I learnt that it’s okay not to be perfect. You just have to be the best you can be.

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“Our intrinsic nature is the same as his; we retain the Buddha-nature within. That is why taking refuge in the Three Jewels of Buddhism is to take refuge in ourselves, just as the Buddha encouraged his disciples to “rely on oneself, rely on the Dharma, and rely on nothing else” Humanistic Buddhism

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Liam, Graphic Designer “I started to believe that if I couldn’t be ‘perfect’, then what was I worth?”

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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One of the most significant teachings of the Buddha for me is impermanence. It reminds me of how transient everything is.

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Understanding impermanence helps me to live life beautifully with uncertainty and change,  and to be with whatever life is bringing me; not differentiating between good and bad, but being with things, how they are. Because I trust that everything that comes to me is for my own good; for my own learning and growth, I have developed a “sense of being at ease”.

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Embracing impermanence is a “road to freedom”. The Buddha taught us to have your own experiences. Don’t just accept his teachings. Practise to see what is true for you and develop the mind and heart.

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Buddhist teachings are the backbone of my body. They help me remain upright and stable during unstable and uncertain conditions; enabling me to then be of benefit, to be of service, to others.

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Security comes from understanding that ‘life is very insecure’. It is very unpredictable. It is subject to change. Thank goodness for Impermanence!

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“There is no need to fear impermanence. Instead, we should be grateful of the wonderful prospects in life and the endless potentials to achieve greater success brought about my impermanence.” Humanistic Buddhism

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Janet “ Embracing impermanence is a “road to freedom”.

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“ Humanistic Buddhism ” “ Holding True to the Original Intents of the Buddha” A book by Ven. Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order Humanistic Buddhism is Buddhism that is timeless, joyful, altruistic and life affirming. This book clearly explains Buddhism as the Buddha’s original teachings for the human world.

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At work and At home

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To me, “emptiness” is one of the most profound teachings of the Buddha. It reminds me that we are all made up of the same four elements and to live according to conditions. The reality of life is that “everything exists as two sides of the same coin”.

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Working in a mental health hospital, things don’t always happen as I want them to. Emptiness helps me accept what happens, not to take things personally and to put myself in the other person’s shoes. This makes it easier to understand what they are feeling and not feel upset with what they say.

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At home, I live with my husband Tom and my mother and sister.  It is like balancing two families.

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Emptiness helps me to forgive and forget, not hold grudges and let go, rather than be trapped by what is happening there and then.

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“The spirit of Humanistic Buddhism encourages us to blend in with others instead of seeing the self and others as separate beings on opposite stances.” Humanistic Buddhism ”

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Ling, Horticulture Therapist

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