For the next few posts, unless there’s a special event coming up, I’ll have a couple of reflections on either a Buddhist verse or a snippet from the classics and hopefully bring in a more refreshed meaning to them. Here is one from Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s “Cloud and Water”–
A face with no anger is a true offering,
A mouth that speaks no anger is fragrant and fresh.
A heart with no anger is a priceless treasure,
Buddha nature is beyond time and limit.
A person’s character could be identified by three main factors: body, speech, and mind. The mind can be a little hard to tell, but body and speech can be easy giveaways especially those with more extreme (good and bad) characteristics. I mean, who would really want to approach someone with a poo-poo face right? So when someone has a face with no anger, the person is usually happy, neutral, or you can’t tell because their head is looking down onto their phone. I’ve recently discovered, and this is more likely while I’m walking outside or whatever and I cross paths with others when we greet each other or at least smile and nod at each other, your day has just felt that much better. It’s just like an offering to the Buddha. On the flip side when someone gives you a snare or something, then your day just rained out.
In my recent job interviews, I try to stay as professional and as courteous as possible to everyone I meet from the security guard to the receptionist, to the interviewer, and so on whether it’s physically or electronically (email). After the interview, I was told I would hear back in about two weeks. There was a delay in decision making, and I was notified by the interviewer. I could have done one of two things–demand that a decision is made so that I can schedule further interviews accordingly, or thank them again for the opportunity to consider me and let them take their time in the decision making. This is a mediocre example, but a more extreme example would be like what my doctor told me the other day about two workers that got laid off from their company the same day. Employee A got the pink slip from his boss and he angerly demanded a reason why he was chosen and left the office slamming the boss’s coffee mug on the floor. Employee B also felt sad, but stayed calm and thanked the boss for the time invested in him and the many learning opportunities. Employee B also requested a recommendation letter and finally left the office quietly. If you were the boss, how would you feel about Employees A and B?
This sort of reflects what the Venerable Master has been promoting, a concept called the Three Acts of Goodness–do good deeds, speak good words, keep a good heart. It sounds really easy and all, but to put that into practice, especially when you’re faced with a difficult situation. Why aren’t other Buddhist groups following suit? That’s a hard question, but regardless, as practitioners, we always try our best to work on ourselves and be more observant and mindful of our actions. That’s how Buddha nature is discovered, the Buddha nature that resides inside of us that is. There’s no rush, that nature will continue to patiently await your discovery.