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Taking One’s Own Life

7/29/88 at Gold Wheel Monastery

 

"It’s evil when all under Heaven consider that which is beautiful as being beautiful. 

It’s not kindness when everyone knows that which is kind as being kind." 

Everyone in Asia knows that it’s best to be filial to his or her parents. But one father can raise ten sons while ten sons cannot take care of one father—they send their father to the old folks home. One father raises ten sons and no one is sent to the orphanage. Do the calculations and we find that parents are so extremely stupid while sons are extremely smart. One side is too stupid and the other side is too smart. Parents should be enjoying their old age but they are not; sons should be filial but they are not. This matches perfectly how, 

"It’s evil when all under Heaven consider that which is beautiful as being beautiful. 

It’s not kindness when everyone knows that which is kind as being kind." 

Take a look at Buddhists, for example. I am not the only one who talks about not getting upset. Everyone knows not to get upset, not to be moody, and not to be ignorant; and yet ignorance, temper and anger are their favorites. We learn the Buddhadharma time and again and we still think only about benefiting ourselves all the time. We get upset at what is disadvantageous to us. Individuals are this way. Families are this way. Hurt my family and I will fight you to the end. Every family is like this. Countries are this way too. They want to seize their benefits. Wars start with this. Wars are the start of huge tempers. What makes up atom bombs? Temper. If there were no temper, there would be no atomic bombs. With the coming into being of atom bombs, the entire human race could be destroyed with an explosion.

If people were ignorant, they would be afflicted. They do muddled things because of ignorance. Someone criticizes you and you become afflicted. Afflicted, false thoughts follow. What are false thoughts? You will do anything, including killing and setting something on fire. Most people around the world know about homosexuality; however, they all avoid mentioning, as if not talking about it makes it nonexistent. It exists even if you don’t talk about it. It’s the start of a country’s end and the human race’s extinction; it’s behavior that destroys human kind. How does it destroy human kind? Yin and yang form a type of duality in this world, so do day and night, men and women. It’s because of this duality that there are continuous procreation and endless changes. They are not absolute but dual. Male homosexuality means what’s yang and strong collide with what’s yang and strong, leading to the death of one and the livelihood of the other. Ignorance tells you to do something muddled like this. Being muddled, you forget how you were born and how you will die. You might even claim that there is no birth or death, that’s how muddled you are. The world’s greatest terminal disease is AIDS. Most people "plug their ears while stealing bells". They don’t dare to speak openly about this. I insist on talking about this because I don’t dare to have the entire human race become extinct. I can’t bear to have the entire world’s human kind be destroyed. Homosexuality is like two sharp knives crashing into each other. In such a collision, either this knife breaks or that knife breaks. Objects are this way and humans too. People don’t dare to talk about this and yet they talk about how when rats are locked up together, they will engage in homosexual behavior. And that’s okay to them. Why do you want to imitate rats? Rats are forced by humans in this case. Why do you want to learn from them when no one is forcing you! People are the most intelligent among all creatures, so why imitate animals? If you want to be a rat, hurry up and die and become a rat. How ridiculous!

Become smarter as you learn the Buddhadharma so that you do thing better as you learn more. Don’t act like a clod of mud or a piece of wood, asking, "Master, may I drink a gulp of water? May I eat a mouthful of rice?" You don’t have any wisdom at all. You don’t have the compass for being human. This is why you are irresponsible and ruin things. No one will admit to it. To the question, "Who had ruined this?" No one knows. Cultivators must push away merit and embrace mistakes. Don’t push away the mistakes you’ve made, saying "I don’t know" when you’re at fault. What kind of studying of Buddhism is this? You don’t even know the principles to being human and I am referring to monastics and laypeople here. Why? I know, you’ll say, "Our master knows everything. He won’t blame us for not saying anything."

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