昵称：Master Jiqun用户名：masterjiqun粉丝数：166.0w关于：Ven. Jiqun, Buddhist Master.
Founder and Mentor of Bodhi Academy of China
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We must not only pay attention to external beauty but also give importance to internal beauty so it can shine and radiate enduringly. Because the mind and body are interdependent and mutually affect each other. When we are depressed, our body becomes heavy and even develops various illnesses. When we are in a cheerful mood, our body is totally relaxed, and even diseases, if any, will also be eased. Therefore, it is of great significance to improve our inner life. How then can we beautify and dignify our life?
We first need to understand our existence. In fact, life is also a product, a product made from ignorance. For living beings like us made of “five aggregates”, our most essential attributes are our mind and our human nature which can either be wholesome or unwholesome. According to Confucianism, people can become sages and virtuous beings, but can also turn into beasts in human clothing. Western religions hold similar views, believing that humans have both divine and evil inclinations. These exemplify the duality of human nature.
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They embody infinite openness. The most prominent feature of an ordinary mind is its restlessness, constantly wavering between ever-changing delusions. The mind seeks calmness but fails. It wants to rest but cannot rest well. It wants to think but cannot concentrate. Why? It is because the mind is cluttered with rubbish which has never been cleared. This prevents us from seeing what we really need in our life. Thus, we keep ourselves busy all the time, covering such ignorance with superficial fulfillment. The result is a continuous creation of delusion and spiritual waste. However, as Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have realized emptiness, they are able to perceive that the five aggregates  are empty in their own nature. This is similar to the sky after the dispersion of clouds, which is clear, clean, and pure.
They enjoy infinite happiness. Such happiness is not the joy we generally refer to, which is a relief from pain and conditional. When we feel joy, we may become attached to it. But once the conditions change, our reliance on joy will be lost, and we may experience suffering. Therefore, worldly joy is fleeting and has side effects. The happiness of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, however, comes from the inside and spreads throughout the entire body, which the Buddhist sutras refer to as “the whole body smile”. Only those enlightened ones who have perceived “anatta” (no-self) can glow with a smile and exude joy from every pore.
Therefore, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas represent the ultimate state of being. To learn from the Buddha is to set the Buddha as an example, continuously eliminating unwholesome mental attitudes and developing our potential noble qualities. When our life no longer has any flaws, we also can become a pure, honest, kind, and beautiful person to the utmost degree, just like Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
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They present infinite quietness. This silence is not soundless silence but inner tranquility. It is like a mountain which reaches ultimate stillness, but also like a sound whose vibration can reach up to heaven and penetrate the earth, with an indescribable and overwhelming power. This is what is called “Nirvana is perfect tranquility” in the Three Seals of the Dharma (Three Universal Truths). Such tranquility comes from the inner mind when all restlessness is pacified and embodies the ultimate truth of the universe and existence. Not only does such stillness benefit Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, but it also purifies people and even their surroundings.