Meditation & Health #13-Meditation Master and the Orchids

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Meditation Master and the Orchids

                           By Shan-sheng



          Meditation Master Gin Dai loved orchids. He planted many different types around his monastery. After he had finished teaching, he would often spend time taking care of his flowers. One day he had to take a trip, and so he asked his disciples to take core of the orchids for him while he was away.

          During his absence, one of his disciples tripped over the flower racks and many of the precious orchids fell and broke into pieces. “My goodness.’ the disciple thought. “Master will be very angry about this!”

          When Master Gin Dai returned, the disciple that had ruined the flowers immediately knelt and confessed what had happened, asking for punishment. Master Gin Dai was not the least bit angry and said calmly I planted the flowers as an offering to Buddha and to beautify the monastery. The purpose of planting the flowers was certainly not to make myself angry.”

           Imagine if we applied this attitude in our daily life.conflicts between people would cease.

           When a couple has a fight. they should remember that marriage is meant as a celebration of mutual love and care, and is something to be cherished.

           When friends have an argument they should remember that friends are meant to help each other whenever needed.

           When your children are disobedient, change your thoughts and remember that you are guiding them to be contributing members of society; teach them patiently with compassion, and let go of anger.

            If you have Buddha In your heart, you will be happy; if you Ilve a meditative lifesMe. life is meaningful. We are born for happiness, not for troubles and worries. Our happiness cannot be dependent on others—we must create our own. Whenever you are upset, think of what Master Gin Doi said, “This is not meant to make me angry.” Happiness is our birthright.



      To play is natural for a child. To meditate is also natural.

       For children, meditation can be a form of play.

                                                                                                                —Grandmaster JinBodhi




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