There is a long lasting past in our continuously renewing
life stream. All the present impressions and memories come from our
past thoughts and actions that are accumulated in our mind. This becomes
our inner potential. Once there are right opportunities and timing,
this inner potential will react. This reaction will not only become
the motivation of our life but also, it becomes the fundamental bases
between wisdom and folly, fortune and misfortune.
The teachings of Buddha want us to develop the benevolent side of our
inner potential in our daily life. It wants us to have a correct understanding
and analysis of things and to be keen in our observation. For our relationships
with other people, the teachings tell us to demonstrate the inner potential
of compassion and sympathy and to tolerate and respect the feeling of
other people and thus become an important social attainment. The common
saying of Cultivation of Blessing and Wisdom actually is to develop
the benevolent side of our inner potential and to exemplify the true
value of our life.
develop the inner potential, one needs motivation and it is the force
of life. Life is a combination of physical body and psychological needs.
Many people only know how to take care of their physical body from the
standpoint of hygiene, nutrition, exercise and medical needs. They ignore
their psychological needs, thus forgetting that our physical body is
affected by psychological feeling. Modern medical researches show that
negative feelings and stress, if not properly controlled and addressed
will cause a lot of illnesses, such as, hypertension, heart disease,
duodenal ulcer, self seclusion, violent inclination... etc. Hence psychological
health must be paid special attention to.
The habit of false imagination and foolish stubbornness become the
obstacle in developing the benevolent side of our inner potential. Buddha
guided us to cultivate the following five treasure powers in order to
hasten our psychological health:
- Power of Faith: First, we need to set a goal, avoid hesitation.
An ideal example is to believe in the wisdom and good deeds of Buddha.
Once we believe in the teachings of Buddha then we must follow and
practice. More importantly, we must believe in ourselves that we have
the capability to learn and reach the horizon of Buddha. We will encounter
difficulties and obstacles in the long run, but we must not surrender.
We must realize that we gain experience from those difficulties and
obstacles so as to strengthen our faith.
- Power of Perseverance: Persistent, always challenge ourselves.
Obstacles appear in our way of life and we must live up to the challenge.
We must complete not with other people but with ourselves. We must
always improve ourselves. We must look back to see if we have improvement
day after day and to find out whether we are having the best way to
achieve our goal.
of Thoughtfulness: all our action and speech are guided by our
thoughts. Hence we need to pay particular attention to the direction
of our thoughts. There are four guidelines in the teachings of Buddha.
First, since our body has its own metabolism, we do not need to be
greedy for our body. Second, do not be bothered by our own feelings,
we actually can master our happiness and sadness. Third, since our
emotional feeling is unstable, we need to contain them. Forth, since
nothing is permanent, do not expect eternity. There is a Sutra saying,
it is the correct virtue to only think what you should think and evil
to think what you should not think. If we can hold the correct virtue,
we can face the entire situation and not be moved. And we will not
be influenced and tempted by the evil temptations.
- Power of Concentration: The main obstacle is the wandering
of our mind and heart; we need to depend on meditation in order to
concentrate. We can just concentrate on one particular subject and
practice the concept of End. Combined, the power of our mind and heart
will become a powerful power of awakening and wipe out all the unproductive
- Power of Wisdom: Meditation of the power of End can stop
our delusions that disturb our mind. But just stopping it is not enough
to exercise our wisdom, we need to uphold the true virtue and OBSERVE.
Expand our observation into different things. Let the true virtue
fill up our daily life. Let the truth virtue be our guild and upgrade
our decisiveness. In case of problems in our personal understandings,
in our work or family, under the guidance of wisdom, we can easily
solve them and differentiate what should do and what should not do.
The practice of the above five different powers depends on our own,
we need to maximize our capability to achieve maximum inner potential,
and the amount of effort that we have exerted will become our future
inner potentials, too.
Being a Buddhist, we need to treasure our good inner potential and
we should not neglect the practice of the above precious Five Powers.