Happy Chinese New Year! Tashi Deleg!
2014 is the year of the Wood Horse. Now that the new year has arrived, I would like to wish you and all sentient beings auspiciousness, peace and happiness!
By reviewing the past year, please appraise yourselves honestly and sincerely to see if you have accomplished anything that benefits others or yourself? Have your qualities of compassion and wisdom increased or have they diminished?
At this moment, please reflect honestly and clearly! Exactly what has been done in this life that can be used to achieve anything that is beneficial to mankind or sentient beings? Are you living according to the teachings of the Guru Triple Gems and free of any contradiction?
Looking forward into the new year, please urge yourselves to diligently improve, to persevere in being virtuous in both your state of mind and in all your activities, to work tirelessly when it comes to benefitting others and to endeavor ceaselessly in your listening, contemplation and meditation practices. Worldly and spiritual life should be merged without any distinction.
Whether you are a religious person or not, whether you are a Buddhist or not, one thing is undeniable – we all co-exist on this planet and live together under the same sky. Everyone and everything in this universe belongs to one family and is interdependent. If we can understand this, then we know that harmony with our natural environment and world peace should be of deep concern for everyone. We have to learn to collaborate and take up this responsibility personally. Another indisputable fact is that a person’s greed, anger, ignorance, pride, jealousy, maliciousness and competitiveness are the fundamental causes that trigger wars and disasters. Everyone has to pay the price and bear the consequence for their actions. If everyone’s mind possesses more kindness, compassion and joy, then this warmth will dissolve the barriers between human beings.
In this new year, I wish that all the worries, sorrow, mental afflictions will be completely cleansed and transformed with the turning of the wheel of time. May everyone utilize their lives positively to treat those beings around them well. May every corner of this world be filled with the light and love of kindness and compassion. May your careers, lives, faith and Dharma path continually progress to greater heights!
May the Buddha bless and protect all of you! May all positive aspirations be fulfilled! May you quickly attain realization!
(All rights reserved. Translated by International Buddha Bud Translation Society.)