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Tenzin Zangpo Rinpoche (06/03/2016)
« on: March 07, 2016, 06:49:48 am »
Have you thought of the value of life?
In early March, spring comes, and everything wakes up gradually, but death can happen at any time.

In the past lunar January, a doctorate degree holder at Eastern Normal University committed suicide. Four days later, a young genius specializing in history also followed. When he was in high school, he published two books that were highly recommended by many historians, and he has been offered early admission to the department of history at Beijing University. Both the lecturer and the gifted youngster left their last words and believed that they could finish everything by doing so.


Suddenly, comments on these issues from netizens are all over the place. According to the majority of the college students and scholars, there are three different points of views. Most of them lament. Coming next are those who think that the people concerned were selfish and irresponsible because they left the sufferings to their families. The third point holds that they already understood the life thoroughly and the moment they died was the joyful liberation.


However, how can suicide be a way of “finishing everything”? And how can suicide be the “joyful liberation”? Whether it is due to the failure of career or the troubles in marriage or the emptiness of the value of life, before they commit suicide, they must suffer, feel helpless, disappointed, and anxious, or even hate. The so-called moment of “happily dying” is not liberation, but highly lacks love, and is ignorance. They do not understand the value and meanings of life.


The obstacles in career lead to the instability of life, which brings about panic. Some people are disappointed because they are stuck in the career and cannot pay back the high debt. Some people live alone with depression because they do not get along well with their partners or they cannot find their soul mates. In fact, these are the cause and effect relationships between others and self, and the heaviness of the sufferings do not stop because the heart stops beating. Conversely, the bitterness and sweetness that the life carries will always continue without ending.


Therefore, briefly speaking, for whatever reasons, committing suicide mainly results from the lack of understanding of the life’s truth and meanings; lack of courage to solve the problems; not understanding the cause and effect relationships between others and self; and not knowing that committing suicide and murder are the same sin.


For all the living people, nobody can always live satisfactorily without confusions and worries as well as disasters and setbacks. The natural disasters and manmade calamities are everywhere, so preventing from sufferings and obtaining the happiness are the mandatory courses for growing up. Healthy belief can comfort our hearts. According to the Buddha sutra True Attainment Treatise Volume 10, there are three types of evilness: “evilness”, “big evilness”, and “the evilness of evilness”. Committing suicide and murder are the big evilness. Also, Brahma's Net Sutra says that all the living beings are our fathers and mothers, so murder is killing fathers and mothers. Also, committing suicide is not different from killing fathers and mothers.


The meaning of life is to grow stronger, and the status of life is the extension of thoughts. Buddha says that all the sufferings of the living beings result from the karma. Good karma leads to good places while bad karma leads to the bad places. If we do not know where does life come from and where it goes after death, we are determined to live without a sense of security and a sense of belonging.


The idea of committing suicide is just as cancer cells. They co-exist with us. The idea lingers in our sub-consciousness while the cancer cells move in our blood. Once we have encountered the weakest moment in our life, they would fight against us. However, the Dharma empowers us. It values life and cultivates compassion towards wholesomeness. It also expands the value and meanings of life through sacrificing oneself and serving others and extends the hopes and future of life. At least, the more clearly you understand that life is like dream and illusion in its origin, the more peacefully and contentedly you can live.

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