Mahayana Buddhism teaches that of all the disturbing emotions, the worst of them all is hatred because the basis and starting point of Mahayana Buddhism is compassion. Hatred is the direct opposite of compassion. In Mahayana Buddhism, if you completely abandon your compassion for any being, you will have hatred in your heart. This breaks the Bodhisattva Vow from the root, and makes it impossible to arouse bodhicitta. Of all disturbing emotions, hatred is the worst. Hatred’s faults, and the sufferings it produces, are very numerous.
The Buddha did say that samsara is suffering, but it doesn’t mean that hr denied the existence of joy and happiness in life, he just wanted to point out the temporary and relative nature of worldly happiness. One should not be so blinded by such happiness as to forget the future.
The cardinal doctrine of Buddhism is dependent arising of all phenomena, which encompasses a broad range of subjects. From the perspective of Relative Truth, it means that when there is cause, there is effect. Life’s sorrows and joys, separations and reunions, in fact, all phenomena come with their own respective causes. Some we can see, some cannot. Only very special kind of persons can grasp the whole picture. But cause and effect always go hand in hand, never alone. No cause, no effect, and vice versa. If one is in pursuit of happiness, one must sow happiness to reap happiness. The seed of happiness is virtuous action. To avoid suffering and misfortune, one must not give rise to their causes. The cause of suffering is doing evil.
To liberate lives is a common practice frequently performed by many Buddhists. When conducted properly, the resulting merit is boundless. Otherwise, the merit will be greatly diminished. It is therefore very important for us to know the proper way of liberating living beings.All the activities of a bodhisattva can be put into six different categories, that is, the six paramitas or the six perfections. In other words, the bodhisattva’s view ......