Yaoshifo: Helping us to stand up, even if we failed many times before

“I have been told by a friend that ‘it is hard, but it does not look like it is hard’. Certainly I have a strong mentality. I am often frustrated and angry. Sometimes you need the power to burn that ‘angry fire’, but on the other hand you also need to try to calm it down.”

Nene Z: 丁寧な暮し. Happy Body Happy Mind, 30 June 2022.

As a reply to this dilemma. Nene Z proposes a “careful living”. In daily life, we often do not care about anything and treat everything as given. Being grown up in an industrial nation, it seems normal that we have food and clothes, but how about the rest of the world? We forgot how good we live. We do not care about our clothes and many people nowadays even buy fast fashion. It always turns around throwing the old clothes away and buying new ones, some even do so every year. But of course, careful living does not only include taking care of living-beings and material stuff. In the end, it also goes to mental care.

Buddhism teaches that greed is one of the three poisons, trivisa. It is one of the reasons why human-beings are suffering. Some Buddhists therefore believe in Yaoshifo, the medicine Buddha who helps us to clean our mind. [cp. Timo Schmitz: Buddha öffne dich. Trier & Vachendorf:  Buddha TS Publishing, 2018.] He made twelve vows, among others helping us to conduct morally correct deeds, even if we failed to do so several times before, as well as helping us in overcoming illusions and helping in freeing us from oppression. [Yaoshijing – The Sutra of the Medicine Buddha. Annotated and translated under the guidance of Dharma Master Hsuan Jung by Minh Tanh and P.D. Leigh. Taipei: The Corporate Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation, 2001, pp. 19-23.]

Overcoming anger is not only a Buddhist desire, but Judaism also teaches us awareness and helps us in attaining a right way. Psalm 37:8 teaches us: “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” (KJV) And in Proverbs 14:29, it is written “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” (KJV)

As I believe, using the help of Buddhist mantras is no blasphemy or sinning against God, because God has many qualities and in Buddhism, God’s qualities are represented in the visions of different buddhas. In this way, God opens his arms to us and shows that He has an antidote and prayer for everything. Yet, He is only one and inseparable, the one and only God who tries to reach all people on the Earth, each in a different way, so that every human-being can choose the way to God which suits him best.

Timo Schmitz, 5 August 2022

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