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The Benevolent Person Has No Enemies

The Benevolent Person Has No Enemies

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The Benevolent Person Has No Enemies 
Excerpt based on the work of   
Venerable Master Chin Kung 
Translated by Silent Voices 
Permission for reprinting is granted for non-profit use.
Printed 2000
PDF file created by  Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centrehttp://www.abrc.org.au 
The Benevolent PersonHas No Enemies
It is said, “A tall tree attracts the wind.” When we have some de-gree of recognition, there can be illegal use of our names to cheatpeople. There may also be those who gossip about or slander us. We need to ignore and not respond to any slander and harm doneto us because it is improper to respond. Only those who have donesomething wrong will feel guilty. Responding to such verbal attackscan mean that we feel guilty. As long as I do nothing wrong, I donot care how others slander me for the Buddhas and Bodhisattvasknow the truth. Those who create slander will not be able to es-cape the law of causality.Everything, except the law of causality, is impermanent in na-ture. We often read in the sutras, of Shakyamuni Buddha havingsaid that it is unbelievably rare to be born as a human and to en-counter the teachings of the Buddhas. Very strong roots of good-ness are needed to accomplish this and therefore, we need to cher-ish and nurture our roots of goodness.The Buddha taught us that “Bodhisattvas are constantly mindfulof virtues, never allowing the least improper thought to intrude.”This principal is invaluable. For example, I do not pay attention toother people’s business, as it does not concern me. If I am told thegood news of others, I will listen and be happy for them. But, if Iam told bad things about others, I will stop the speaker immedi-ately and say, “If you want to gossip, tell it to someone else, I don’twant to hear it.” Why do I need to do that? I do it so I can main-tain the mind of purity and respect towards all beings and to safe-

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