戒定慧The Three Endeavours of Moral Discipline, Meditation and Wisdom
There are more sufferings than joy,
Life’s sufferings and miseries seem endless,
But do not indulge in alcohol over your sufferings,
For the consequences will prolong your woes.
The Three Endeavours of Moral Discipline, Meditation and Wisdom is a definite path which all Buddhists must understand, walk and cultivate. Why is that so? Because any of the three endeavours gone missing would result in your own fall and decline. By ‘fall’, I meant falling into samsara, the never ending cycle of rebirth in the 6 realms of existence, and, more tragically, sufferings in the three lower realms with no end in sight. Beware, beware.
In my countless years of helping sentient beings through the application of Dharma and Chinese Metaphysics, there were countless men and women who ‘spat’, not their saliva, but their bitterness at me. Ha! Ha! Ha! In the midst of pouring their woes to me, they might have forgotten that I have my own chores and work to do. Nonetheless, I am grateful for those who shared their troubles with me, for I had gained new insights and perspectives through their stories, and in turn able to present them to you in my articles and advice to raise your awareness.
There was a young lady who confided in me that she had fallen for someone else. I chided her for the fact that she had flouted the precepts and her wrong sense of logic. When a couple ties the knot and register their union, they have to adhere to their marriage precept. Maintaining their marriage life is also a precept. Loneliness is not a good reason for you to seek the company of another. I had a disciple who once, out of loneliness, befriended scantily cladded ladies on Facebook games. He flirted with another lady while on working trips overseas. I advised him multiple times but my advice was not heeded. Actually, he had already left me. He was punished by the Dharma Protector and I pointed it out to him. I had even bent my rules to save him from being condemned to the evil realms. It seemed that I had been too naive. A person like him who does not cultivate the three endeavours of moral discipline, meditation and wisdom will never have the sense of gratitude. As the saying goes, “The path to Heavens beckons, yet you chose to intrude the doors of Hades.”
The Three Endeavours of Moral Discipline, Meditation and Wisdom is a sacred teaching of the Buddha. One that will free us from sufferings and achieve eternal bliss. I have walked on the path and how true it is indeed.