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The Way to Practice Tao
When a child is born, he requires basic needs such as
food and shelter. As he grows older, his needs and desires increase
as he strives to make a living and a name for himself. Sometimes, in
his search, he may get in disagreements with others, find life stressful,
or face many difficulties. However, some people may not choose this
type of a lifestyle.
In the Li Ren Chapter of one of the Confucius books, Lung Yi, Confucius
|on practicing Tao. But before they could become monks, certain
conditions must have been met. For example, they might have had elderly
parents that needed support . Also, wives and children had to have suitable
care for their livelihood. On the other hand, since we can practice Tao
at home in today's society, both husbands and wives are able to practice
Tao together. Parents can take care of their children and children can
participate as well. Nowadays, people can practice Tao while maintaining
a regular lifestyle.
At home, you stay within human interaction , the five human relationships. The first relationship is the relationship between parents and children. Secondly, if parents have more than one child, then there is also the relationship between siblings. When children grow older, they meet other people and form the third relationship, friendship. Then some of these friendships may turn into the fourth relationship, husband and wife. In the human being society, there is also the fifth relationship between people and government or employer and employee. This relationship is called the leader and subject relationship. Consequently, practicing Tao at home should start from within these five relationships.
The purpose of practicing Tao in these five relationships is to find Buddha's heart, our original character. For example, parents must love and nurture their children as well as educate and serve as role models to them. As children, they should learn from and respect their parents. As leaders or employers, they should assign work that is suitable to their subjects or employees' abilities. As subjects or employees, they should follow their leader and work diligently. In short, we have many roles in this society, thus we should fulfill our duties in whatever position we find ourselves in.
The moment we are born into this Earth, we enter into the reincarnation cycle. The cycle of birth and rebirth occurs repeatedly over a long period of time. During each cycle, our original character becomes burdened with impurities. With each cycle, it becomes more difficult to remove these impurities. As a result, when we practice Tao, we must proceed step by step. First of all, we need to remove impurities such as greed, selfishness, and jealousy from our hearts. Only after these impurities are removed will we have wisdom. With wisdom, we can then find our original character and be able to judge rights and wrongs. We will then have a sincere heart. With sincerity, our hearts will also become pure; that is our heart will not be clouded with greed, selfishness, and improper thoughts. Then once our hearts are pure, we will always do right. Even if we make mistakes, we will have the wisdom to correct them. We should avoid making the same mistake twice. These steps are the ways for each individual to practice what is good in his heart. Once a person's heart is good, then he can help spread his goodness to his family, then to his neighbors, to his society, and finally to the entire world.
In short, to practice Tao, we must undergo a step by step process. The first step is to purify our own heart. Secondly, we must spread this purity from our heart to others. In the ancient times, the emphasis was to purify themselves first. Afterwards, they spread the goodness to others. But now that Tao can be practiced at home and there are so many people to be saved in our limited lifetimes, we should emphasize both steps at the same time. On one hand, we must purify ourselves. On the other hand, we must spread the truth to our relatives, friends and the rest of our society so that we can all discover our original character. Step by step, through this process, our society will return to harmony and our lives will become more enjoyable and more meaningful.