2021/09/19 NPO 喇嘛網
Do Not Let Yourself Be a Slave to Desires
The happiness that can be obtained from any worldly enjoyment is very meager, yet the suffering that ensues knows no bounds.
Regrettably, however, many people do not seem to realize desire’s multitude of faults.
They remain indifferent to the flaws and helplessly wallow in desire day and night.
During their youth, many people expend enormous energy to pursue unnecessary worldly enjoyments, believing they have a long life ahead of them.
But in fact, a person’s life is rather short. The elderly know this well.
From the age of one to the teens is a time of lighthearted childhood play.
These years are like a dream, and they pass in a daze.
The period from the teens to the forties could be viewed as life’s golden age, but it too slips away in the blink of an eye.
During this stage, people often face various family- and work-related obstacles and cannot afford the time to practice the virtuous Dharma.
Once people reach their fifties and sixties, the body is not as it was.
Although you wish to cultivate virtue and give up wrongdoing, by this time the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
It is also too late to lament.
Hence, you must hold on to the time in front of you and not recklessly squander your precious life.
In particular, when seductive desire has hooked your mind, you should employ various methods to recognize its true nature.
Do not let yourself be a slave at its mercy anymore!
His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche 《Always Present》