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    Lots for my senior center and National Alliance on Mental Illness

    I work in the senior coffee shop for free, I teach creative writing for free, I call disabled folks who need a pick me up, and I give talks on recovery from mental illness (NAMI).

    Elgwyn
    sat today
    Gassho _/|\_

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elgwyn View Post
    I work in the senior coffee shop for free, I teach creative writing for free, I call disabled folks who need a pick me up, and I give talks on recovery from mental illness (NAMI).

    Elgwyn
    sat today
    Gassho _/|\_
    Thank you for your efforts! There is a lot that can be done all around us.

    Gassho,

    Shugen

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    We are very grateful for all that you do.

    May you experience peace and joy.

    SAT today
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    This is wonderful work Elgwyn, thank you for your practice. =)

    Gassho
    Shingen

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    Hello,

    Great example of work in action! Shames my sorry butt.^^


    Gassho
    Myosha Sat today
    "Recognize suffering, remove suffering." - Shakyamuni Buddha when asked, "Uhm . . .what?"

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    Wow that is truly wonderful Elgwyn, deep bows for your devotion to other beings. Sounds like you are living your practice every moment!

    Gassho,
    Sierra
    SatToday

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    Elgwyn, thank you for making the world better.

    Gassho

    Randy
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    Lovely.

    Gassho, Jundo

    SatToday
    ALL OF LIFE IS OUR TEMPLE

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    Wonderful!

    Gassho,
    Dosho

    Sat Today

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    Lots for my senior center and National Alliance on Mental Illness

    http://xuanfa.net/buddha-dharma/conc...a-on-no-merit/

    In the sixth century, the Chinese Emperor Liang invited the Indian monk Bodhidharma to his capital in Nanjing. The emperor was very fond of Buddhism and often wore Buddhist garments and recited Buddhist prayers. He was, however, most proud of his unbending and unqualified support for Buddhism throughout his entire kingdom. Proud of his knowledge and the contributions towards Buddhism, he asked Bodhidharma, “Since I came to the throne, I have built many temples, published numerous scriptures and supported countless monks and nuns. How great is the merit in all these?”

    “No merit whatsoever” was his shocking reply. “You have gained no merit. What you have done produces only worldly rewards, that is, good fortune, great power, or great wealth in your future lives, but you will still be wandering around in samsara.”

    Now, the emperor thought, he had often heard teachings from renowned masters who said, “Do good, and you will receive good; do bad and you will receive bad. The Law of Cause and Effect is unchangeable, effects follow causes as shadows follow figures.” But now, this sage declared that he had earned no merit at all. Thus, the emperor was thoroughly perplexed.

    The emperor had failed to understand Bodhidharma’s words which mean that one is not really practicing the Buddha-dharma if one does good with the desire to gain merit for oneself. It will be more like satisfying one’s own ego, or promoting one’s own welfare, or even for the sake of being recognized and appreciated by the public. One can gain worldly fortune in this manner, but that is not the goal of a Buddhist. The goal is to get out of samsara–to become liberated and thus escape the suffering that is inherent in worldly existence. You must not forget the purpose of practice. Generosity without correct view is not correct practice. Only when one is generous without any attachment to the self (the giver), the gift, or the recepient of the gift is it true cultivation.

    Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_
    Last edited by Jishin; 11-25-2015 at 02:31 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jishin View Post
    http://xuanfa.net/buddha-dharma/conc...a-on-no-merit/

    In the sixth century, the Chinese Emperor Liang invited the Indian monk Bodhidharma to his capital in Nanjing. The emperor was very fond of Buddhism and often wore Buddhist garments and recited Buddhist prayers. He was, however, most proud of his unbending and unqualified support for Buddhism throughout his entire kingdom. Proud of his knowledge and the contributions towards Buddhism, he asked Bodhidharma, “Since I came to the throne, I have built many temples, published numerous scriptures and supported countless monks and nuns. How great is the merit in all these?”

    “No merit whatsoever” was his shocking reply. “You have gained no merit. What you have done produces only worldly rewards, that is, good fortune, great power, or great wealth in your future lives, but you will still be wandering around in samsara.”

    Now, the emperor thought, he had often heard teachings from renowned masters who said, “Do good, and you will receive good; do bad and you will receive bad. The Law of Cause and Effect is unchangeable, effects follow causes as shadows follow figures.” But now, this sage declared that he had earned no merit at all. Thus, the emperor was thoroughly perplexed.

    The emperor had failed to understand Bodhidharma’s words which mean that one is not really practicing the Buddha-dharma if one does good with the desire to gain merit for oneself. It will be more like satisfying one’s own ego, or promoting one’s own welfare, or even for the sake of being recognized and appreciated by the public. One can gain worldly fortune in this manner, but that is not the goal of a Buddhist. The goal is to get out of samsara–to become liberated and thus escape the suffering that is inherent in worldly existence. You must not forget the purpose of practice. Generosity without correct view is not correct practice. Only when one is generous without any attachment to the self (the giver), the gift, or the recepient of the gift is it true cultivation.

    Gasho, Jishin, _/st\_
    This is so true. There is no giver, receiver nor gift. All is given selflessly.

    But yet we must not fail to be of service to others, to leave this world a bit better.

    And, if ya ask me, no harm in taking a bit of personal pleasure in bringing good to others too. One can be a bit of a stick in the mud and fuddy duddy about being "selfless" in bringing a smile to others ... which may be why old Bodhidharma is typically shown looking like this ...


    I think that Bodhidharma also knew how to smile sometimes, and take joy in doing good.


    In the "Dana Sutta" (Sutta on Giving and Generosity), a noble giver is said to be "one who is happy before, during and after giving ... Before giving he is happy anticipating the opportunity to exercise his generosity. While giving he is happy that he is making another happy by fulfilling a need. After giving he is satisfied that he has done a good deed."

    http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipit....037.than.html

    We neither are attached to feeling good about ourselfs for doing good, neither need we fail to smile and feel joy at doing good.

    Gassho, J

    SatToday
    Last edited by Jundo; 11-25-2015 at 03:25 PM.
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    Thank you, Elgwyn, for the things you do to make things better.

    And thank you Jishin and Jundo for the descussion and teaching following.

    Especially at this time of year, when one is (I'm always late) getting presents for others, thinking who would be suprprised and happy if St. Niclas (who comes on 12/06 here) brought them some sweets, like my neighbours, who often offer help, and has a idea for Christmas that makes oneself smile, I have been wondering if I am "allowed " to do so.

    To feel this happiness, imagine this happiness (of which I cannot be sure). But I would be missing it, giving a gift without emotion would be really strange.

    I do not think it is the amount of things or the size of a present that counts.
    I used to know an old lady who was very poor. Her daughter supported her, and as the daughter worked in a porduction facility for calenders, she was officily allowed to take some of last years unsold big picture calenders home. The old lady made beautiful giftbags out of them, according to the oscassion she had bags for spring, for winter, with childrens motives... Whenever someone in the family or neighbourhood wanted to wrap something, they came to her, and she gave them for free. There must have been great joy in her making those bags, imagining the way they would travel, always carrying something good.

    Gassho,
    Danny
    #sattoday

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    Thank you Jundo. I have in my younger life been tortured by the fear of death, and yet embraced it. Now I embrace life?

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