刚刚开始Sem Break，终于有时间疯狂更新之前堆积下来的Draft哈哈 :D
何谓几多？几多是多少？每个人的 “几多” 可不一样。
当然你可以用 “因果” 去解释这一切。但同样地，在一件事上，答案不仅仅只有一个。
注：布施 意思是 “施舍”
(c) 无畏布施：“畏” 意思是恐惧与害怕。
最后，还是以一句 “钱多钱少，够吃就好” 来做为结尾。
Finally my semester break begins, have some time to update the blog and have mood to translate into English version (which usually I don't) XD.
Apologize for my poor English, but since "sharing is caring", so I will still post it in English as I can anyway.
The central of this passage is, "Is what you have already a fate?”
"How much do you have (eg. food, money, shelter, clothing) is predestined in this lifetime", say the old folks. (Direct translation)
Seemingly, this saying told us being content with what we have.
For example, if you earn more money than what you should have or exceed your threshold monetary value, then you might lose it. Maybe you came through a serious illness or crisis and need to waste money for it.
So there is a famous Chinese saying, "A little or much money, enough for eat is enough".
However, do you realize there is a doubt with the statement?
How do you define by "how much"? We all are from different background with different life experience.
If "how much" is a fixed term, then why are some people so rich and others so poor?
Perhaps you can explain this situation by using "Karma", but there is no single answer since it is not exam based question that may restrict our thinking.
"Karma" means the result of a person's actions.
The main point here is not depends on "how much" you have in this lifetime, it depends on how many good deeds or evil you have done for others?
Although we should learn to be content and appreciate what we have, but it doesn't mean we should step on the same place. At least don't sacrifice your health to make money as it is a bad investment.
Honestly it could be bad for you if you're not taking any initiative in doing good or helping people in a positive orientation. Doing nothing, learn nothing, can you imagine how happy are you in the future? What do you deserve?
When talking about doing good, there must be people saying that neither they commit murder nor steal, why do they have bad luck or bad endings?
Come on, it should be the responsibility of every human being, don't you come to this world for committing murder?
Before 40 years old, what you have is the accumulated result of all your actions from all your past lifetimes.
After 40, what you enjoy is the accumulated result of all your good/ evil deeds from this lifetime.
If you notice, there were rich people out there but they encountered crisis around 40 years old which causes them suffered a big monetary loss, maybe was because of poor health or big financial crisis. It just means they don't have good karmic reward to enjoy their prestige.
Fortunately, many people getting involved in doing good nowadays (eg. community service, do charity, advocacy, donation, free treatment etc.). It can be seen that people have better life when they always helping others after few years. They were deserved to enjoy the consequences of their good deeds.
That's why Buddhism always keep a belief that, "Fate is never truly set".
and yes, everything is entirely preventable, and fate is changeable.
Besides learning to help others, enough knowledge and wisdom are needed so you know how to handle your karmic reward. Without wisdom, you might just waste your opportunity or reward in a useless way. So, we must strive best to learn the truth from Buddhist doctrine.
Do you want to strive for happiness in your future? "Dana" can be referred as a guide for better life.
Basically, "Dana" means generosity or giving.
It is more blessed to give than to receive, right?
There are different types of Dana:
1. Anna Dāna: Donating money, food to poor and needy, pilgrims, patients at hospitals, orphanages, old age homes etc.,
2. Vidya Dāna: Donating/Sharing Knowledge for education. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." In Christianity, it is also known as the Gift of Knowledge.
3. Aushadhaa Daana: Charity of free medicine to the sick and diseased
4. Abhay Daana: Giving freedom from fear (Help others of overcoming fear)
Keep reminding myself.
We are here to learn, to experience, to give a helping hand.
A little or much money, enough for eat is enough.
Always keep the Buddha in my mind, speech, and daily activities.
Everything is as transient as a fleeting cloud.
P.S. Just sharing