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KEYS to Living Well (Dharma Words I)

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About the Book A selection of translated articles that Venerable Master Hsing Yun originally wrote for a special column in The Merit Times, Key to Living Well represents the launching of a new vehicle for transmitting the Dharma. Arranged in an accessible style, this selection addresses moral, spiritual and social questions that are central to our day-to-day existence. Whether it is a matter of cherishing our good fortune with humility or cultivating tolerance for others, Venerable Master Hsi...
About the Book

A selection of translated articles that Venerable Master Hsing Yun originally wrote for a special column in The Merit Times, Key to Living Well represents the launching of a new vehicle for transmitting the Dharma.

Arranged in an accessible style, this selection addresses moral, spiritual and social questions that are central to our day-to-day existence. Whether it is a matter of cherishing our good fortune with humility or cultivating tolerance for others, Venerable Master Hsing Yun imparts his wisdom in a pithy and unambiguous manner. Like a diagnosis that precisely identifies a malady and a prescription that effectively cures it, each chapter in Key to Living Well penetrates the core of problems we all encounter in life, while offering us effective solutions to overcome them.

Through maxims on ethics, mottoes for conduct, and injuctions against transgressions, Key to Living Well provides us direct access to the wisdom of the Dharma, equipping us with the means to handle all kinds of situations in life. As such, it serves as a useful manual for one conduct, because after all as Venerable Master Hsing Yun puts it, “Rivers need the proper channel to flow into the ocean. Our lives require maxims to tread on the right path.”

Preface

There are many books and seminars dedicated to giving instruction about how to plan and manage our daily lives. These approaches usually attempt to provide very basic practical suggestions for using time. In the present volume Venerable Master Hsing Yun shares lectures from past presentations as well as new thoughts on his insights about how to plan and live with all the pressures of modern life. He has an approach that is quite different from the many so-called “self help” materials. While it is important to learn certain tasks that save time and make us more efficient, Master Hsing Yun urges people to understand that it is more than rules and ploys that help with planning. The true strategy for dealing with life starts with the understanding that each person has regarding themselves, their situation, and the nature of thought and action. This understanding, from the Buddhist point of view, is necessary for successful change of old habit energy. Unless there are fundamental and insightful developments within our thinking and comprehension, we cannot expect to shift old patterns and permanently leave them behind us. It is this belief that leads Master Hsing Yun to prize learning and commitment to practice as well as to continual striving that leads to transformations of mind and thought.

This volume is filled with very detailed explanations about issues that occupy us from the moment we awake in the morning until the last conscious moment before sleep. The explanations help to frame the problems that are found at every level of activity, whether it is in private or public domains. Having clearly defined the experiences of living, Master Hsing Yun goes on to give concrete advice about how to focus one’s thought and avoid the confusion of a mind that is scattered among the many matters that complete for our attention. It is the Buddhist ideal of concentrated attention that can be a solution to all of us who live and work in the world of freeways, computer, telephones, radios, faxes, email, and encounters with other people. While the external environment can be chaotic and demanding, it is possible for individuals to practice concentration, which permits purposeful action. Mere rules and programming methods of dealing with problems can never solve the complex constantly changing situations in which we find ourselves. Every moment brings a new assault on our sensory domain, new unexpected matters sweep across our mental and physical horizons. Methods that are built on the assumption that there are a limited set of variables, fail miserably in a world that exhibits flux and flow of constant change. It is impossible to create a list of items that can be guaranteed t solve any potential problem in the future. Master Hsing Yun tells his audiences that only when one has created a mind that is flexible and concentrated can we hope to cope with the rush and force of every moment.

Achieving the state of being calm and composed in the face of any event can come from long and continued efforts of focused thought and exposure to the teachings of Buddhist sages. It is in this manner that the Buddhist community becomes an important part of life. Through the community, Buddhists receive support in the form of teaching and practice. One of the facets of Humanistic Buddhism is to take the principles of the teaching and apply them to the world around us. While there is need for inner development, concentrated thought, and calmness of spirit, the outer expression of the wisdom gained must find its place among others.

All of this, and more, is given in the elegant teaching style of the Master. He leads us from one perspective to another in understandable and challenging ways. For any individual who wants to have more control time, work, and obligations, this volume offers a deep and long-lasting solution.

Contents

PREFACE i
ONE DAY TO A LIFETIME 1
A DAY'S LIFE 4
BEGINNINGS 6
HOW TO MANAGE OURSELVES 9
LIFE'S DRIVING FORCES 11
THE FOUR MINDS IN LIFE 13
THE FUNDAMENTALS OF BEING HUMAN 15
HOW TO BENEFIT OURSELVES 17
THE WONDERFUL WAYS OF KEEPING BUSY 20
THE USE OF "ONE" 22
BETWEEN SELF AND OTHERS 25
HOW TO GET ALONG IN A GROUP 27
HOW TO MAKE CONNECTIONS 30
HOW TO CONDUCT OURSELVES 33
THE FOUR PRINCIPLES OF LIFE 36
SIX SECRETS TO GETTING ALONG 38
STANDARDS FOR HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS 41
THE WAY OF DEALING WITH THE WORLD 43
PRESCRIPTION FOR TREATING OTHERS 45
FACING THE WORLD WITHOUT RESENTMENT 47
LIFE THROUGH THE MIRROR 49
LIFE'S FOUR "MOSTS" 51
THE FOUR NECESSITIES OF LIFE 54
LIFE'S MAXIMS 56
LIFE Is LIKE DRIVING A CAR 58
THE WORRIES OF LIFE 61
A HAPPY LIFE 64
A BRIGHT LIFE 66
HARMONY THROUGH ADAPTING TO SITUATIONS 68
FORTUNE AND MISFORTUNE 70
PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE 72
WISDOM IN HANDLING MATTERS 75
THE KEY TO DEALING WITH TASKS 78
FLAWS IN DEALING WITH OTHERS 80
THE FOUR DIFFICULTIES IN LIFE 82
MATTERS OF PROPRIETY 85
FUNDAMETALS 88
THINGS TO AVOID IN LIFE 90
THE FOUR DON'TS IN CONDUCTING OURSELVES 93
FOUR THINGS TO GUARD AGAINST 96
LEADERSHIP 99
LEADING PEOPLE 101
ASSESSING OTHERS 104
HOW TO VIEW PEOPLE 106
HOW TO WORK WITH PEOPLE108
FOUR KEYS TO TREATING OTHERS 110
HOW TO TREAT PEOPLE POSITIVELY 112
THE WAY OF TREATING GUESTS 114
CULTIVATION IN TREATING PEOPLE 116
THE FOUR DON'TS IN TREATING PEOPLE 119
THE WAY TO BEING CAREFREE 122
LOOK BACK AND THINK 124
BE MINDFUL OF WHAT LIES AHEAD 126
LEARNING FROM THE WISE AND CAPABLE 129
THE STATE OF THE VIRTUOUS SAGES 131
A NOBLE CHARACTER 133
HOW TO SHOULDER RESPONSIBILITY 136
CHARACTER BUILDING 138
FOUR KINDS OF MIND 140
HOW TO SPEAK 142
LEVELS OF PEOPLE 144
GRADING OURSELVES 146
PEOPLE ARE LIKE HORSES 148
POVERTY AND WEALTH 150
POOR AND RICH, HONORED AND DESPISED 152
THE MAJOR PROBLEMS OF BEING HUMAN 155
THE MOST FEARFUL 157
IHE IMPERFECTIONS OF LIFE 160
To OBEY AND FOLLOW 162
GOOD CAUSES AND CONDITIONS 164
KNOWING OURSELVES 167
PRESCRIPTION FOR CALMING MINDS 169
To BE HONEST AND RIGHTEOUS 171
WISE AND COURAGEOUS PEOPLE 173
THE ABILITY TO Know PEOPLE 175
How TO EVALUATE PEOPLE 177
KNOWING PEOPLE 179
BEING INSPIRED 181
CHERISH OUR FORTUNE 183
KEYS TO LIVING WELL 185
THE WAY TO CULTIVATE 187
FOUR WAYS OF TEACHING 189
REPAYING FOUR DEBTS OF GRATITUDE 192
REMAINING UNMOVED BY SUCCESS OR FAILURE 195
THE WAY OF ESTABLISHING OURSELVES 197
EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS 199
FOUR WAYS OF TEACHING 189
REPAYING FOUR DEBTS OF GRATITUDE 192
REMAINING UNMOVED BY SUCCESS OR FAILURE 195
THE WAY OF ESTABLISHING OURSELVES 197
EQUALITY AND FAIRNESS 199
ON KNOWLEDGE 202
THE WAY OF TOLERANCE 204
MERITS OF GIVING 207
ACCEPTING AND FORGIVING 210
WHAT Is CHAN? 212
THE WORLD OF CHAN 214
DEALING WITH MATTERS WITH A CHAN MIND 216
THE FOUR MOST SUPREME DHARMAS 219
DEVELOPING OURSELVES 223
DEVELOPING POTENTIAL 225
MOTTOES FOR FACING THE WORLD 227
CONNECTING ALL WITH ONE 229

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Item Code: NAN913 Author: Venerable Miao His and Cherry Lai Cover: Paperback Edition: 2005 Publisher: Buddha Light Art and Living Pvt Ltd ISBN: 9789382017189 Language: English Size: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch Pages: 257 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 300 gms
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