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Mrs. Ma. Xiaoqiu Rejoicing in Giving Alms
 

Rejoicing in Alms Giving

Once someone said to me: “Ms. Ma, it’s good of you to give to those in need—you will surely accumulate good fortune. When I am as rich as you are, I‘ll do the same.”  If that’s what he thinks, this person will never reach his goal of being rich. 
Parsimony is the root of poverty—it’s a form of selfishness. These people fear that giving before they become wealthy will cause them financial harm: their focus is gain and loss. But the more they focus on gains, the more they lose. Lao Tseu says, “He who holds it, loses it”.  To become rich, a person must be broad-minded. Whoever we are, if we sow the seeds of wealth, we will reap that fruit; according to Tao Te Ching, “He lives for other people, and grows richer himself; he gives to other people, and has plenty”.  The greatest blessing is the gratitude of people on the verge of despair. This carries great weight.  Some help others as the price of doing business, and at the same time, they calculate their gains. There is no merit in helping others for those reasons. Some assist others in an arrogant fashion: I am helping you and show mercy to you—so you must treat me well in the future. If that’s your mentality, beggars will not feel gratitude. Inside, they will belittle you.  If we help from the bottom of the heart, and with no strings attached, we can experience the true returns of charity.  We can also help others in so much more ways than material assistance. 


A poor man asks Buddha: ‘Why am I so poor?’ Buddha answers: ‘Because you never help poor people.’ The poor man then says: ‘I don’t have money, so how can I help others?’ 
Buddha answers: ‘Even if you don’t have money, you can still help others in many ways: you can smile, spread joy, praise the qualities of others, prayer for them, and respect them. These are all ways of helping others.’  This world we live in is a chaotic world. The coexistence of yin and yang means that we live with the binary effects of good and bad, kindness and cruelty, dignity and corruption, wealth and poverty. Whoever we are, we are all creatures, and all creatures are us. We need to stop believing that what we think and do does not matter.

 According to the popular theory, a butterfly flaps its wings in Brazil, and a chain of uncertain events follow that end in a tornado in Texas a month later. The slightest change to the initial condition of a system can cause great changes to the whole system in the long run. 

Without warmth and love, we can never properly exist in this world. Empathy for others helps us. Please don’t underestimate the smile you give; your words of encouragement to a child; or the small, kind deeds – taking care of plants and animals. All this counts. 

Those asking for assistance are the disciples Buddha sent to test us—so that we can be saved from ourselves. As for the highest state of helping others, the Vimalakīrti Sūtra has the answer. If we help those in need because we wish to accumulate future blessings, we are beggars ourselves; but if we see the Buddha within them—and feel grateful—then we will find a way out of the human maze. 
We help those in need with gratitude.Not mercy. 


 Traditional Chinese Medicine, a Cure for Diseases, for People, for the Country
Ancient medicine has come to the fore during the Covid-19 pandemic. Dr. Xia, from Wutongshan, and his volunteers, are a TCM rescue team organized with the financial aid of the Wanmingzi Philanthropic Foundation of Guangdong (funded by our company). This volunteer team has made great strides in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 in Wuhan. I have always believed that TCM is not only a medicine, but a philosophy. There are many things that cannot be explained on a purely physical level: perhaps modern medicine and the ancient principles of healing can achieve a closer integration. 
Conventional medical treatment is unable to standardize the effects created by healing techniques—at least not in a way that it can measure according to its own definition of healing. Each system can learn from the other’s strong points to offset its own weaknesses. Western medicine can provide traditional Chinese medicine with testing procedures and standards, while traditional Chinese medicine can explain its holistic treatment protocols to the West. This binary approach will benefit the planet. 
Western medicine is a hammer that sees everything as a nail. It kills viruses if there are viruses; it deploys antibiotics where it finds infections; it treats the head if the patient has a headache; it removes organs that are no longer functioning. TCM takes the patient as a whole into account and aims to reach a balance of yin and yang. In nature, all must undergo the process of birth and growth and the dual effect of opposite forces at work simultaneously. If balance in the patient is achieved through the promotion and restraint of these opposites, and between the five elements, then disease can be treated successfully. 

It is the worldview of the Chinese that people do not exist alone, and that all lives are associated with all other lives. They exist together in a close association with the universe. 
For example, Huangdi Neijing believes that there is a system of channels in the human body: twelve main and collateral channels corresponding to the twelve periods of the day. If we can live our daily lives according to the rhythm of the twelve periods of the day, we will be endowed with energy. This is how Tao follows the way of nature in the simplest way. But the simpler things are, the more difficult it is to follow them. For example, sleeping early and eating little are good for the health, but modern people often do exactly the opposite. 

Why is a simple thing so difficult to do? It is because “although the mind hopes to be calm, desires keep distracting it’. TCM hopes to nourish good health, and the highest state of health is achieved by nourishing the mind. That’s why ancient medicine cures people. 
Emotions can do great harm to a peaceful mind. Mental disturbances hinder the channels from running normally, which results in disease—literally, dis-ease. Therefore, when you do get sick, the first thing to do is to calm your mind. In that state, vital energy flows smoothly, the blood circulates freely, and good health is restored. 

The disconnect between people and nature—and other people—is the root of our personal, social and ecological problems. In a broad sense, traditional Chinese medicine is also the cure for what ails a country. Government is the process of dealing with the relationships between individuals and society, between people and nature, and between it and other countries. That’s why the ancient Chinese said: “Be a good doctor if you cannot be a good prime minister.’” The way of curing people and the way of governing the country are both connected. The same methodology is employed.
An old German professor regained good health thanks to ancient Chinese medicine. He recounted his experiences of over sixty years. He stated that it was not only a system belonging to the Chinese people but a treasure belonging to mankind. It represents a metaphysical formlessness that connects the universe; it is a tool with specific features that can cure; and finally, it is an outlook, the world view of a culture—the art and philosophy and values of daily life in the Orient—a lifestyle that conforms to Tao. 

 

 

《秋言物语2》节选中医和布施:天人合一与善愿

原创 马小秋 太平洋财经 824

作者:马小秋  

译者:杰拉德·多诺万 Gerard Donovan

 

ma xiaoqiu
 

《秋言物语2》作者马小秋女士随喜布施有人曾跟我说,马老师,您经常帮助那些需要帮助的人,真的太慈悲了,肯定会为自己积累很多福报,等我有钱的时候也会跟您一样去帮助别人。” 如果是抱着这种心态,这个人有钱的时候并不会到来。吝啬是贫穷的本因,就是只有自我。害怕布施会给自己造成损害,眼睛盯着那一点精打细算,越计较越失去。这就是老子说的执者失之,为者败之 我认为,若想成为大富者,必然要心胸广阔、怀摄天下,无论是什么人,只要种了富贵之因,必然就会得到富贵的果。这和《道德经》中既以为人己愈有,既以与人己俞多有着异曲同工之妙。 一个人最大的福报,来自别人的祝福,尤其是来自濒临绝望的人,发自内心的感恩所给予的祝福,这种福报极其厚重。这就是给予所带来的最大功德。
有的人将助人当成买卖,一边助人,一边心里计较给出多少,回报多少。如果抱着这种有所求的心态去助,其实是没有功德的,福报也无从谈起。有的人在布施的时候有一种傲慢心理,有一种居高临下的态度,心里想的是我在帮助你,我对你有恩,你要对我好点。如果用这种烦恼心布施、奉献,乞丐都不会感激你,有可能还会诅咒你。 

因此,只有发自内心的助人为乐,助人而不求回报,才是最大的功德。

 
ma xiaoqiu

助人的物远远不仅是财物。

 

一个穷人问佛陀:我为什么这么穷?
佛陀回答:因为你以前没有帮助穷人。
穷人:我没有钱,拿什么帮助呢?
佛陀:即使没有钱,但你给别人一个微笑、用欢喜的眼神看别人、口里赞叹别人的功德、心里想要利益别人、身体对别人恭敬承侍,这些也都可以帮助别人。
我们生活的这个世界,是一个二元对立又统一的混沌世界,有阴有阳、有好有坏、有善有恶、有尊贵有低贱、有贫穷有富裕,无论你是谁,你都是众生,众生也都是你。所以不要觉得自己个人如何起心动念、如何行为处事,都无伤大雅。一只蝴蝶在巴西轻拍翅膀,可以导致一个月后德克萨斯州的一场龙卷风。初始条件的微小变化,能给整个系统造成长期且巨大的影响。
如果没有人与人之间的温暖与关爱,我们根本就没有力量在这个世界生存,不管何时何地,见到了令我们同情的人而行布施之时,就是在帮助自己,利益众生就是利益自己。所以,不要小看你给出的一个微笑、一句暖语、一些充满善意的小举动——照料植物,打扫卫生,帮助需要的人。
而助人的最高境界维摩诘居士在经典上告诉了我们。那些在我们身旁来乞求的人,都是菩萨来示现的,他们是来考验我们的悲心与菩提心,使我们从世俗的沦落中超拔出来的。我们若因乞求而助人来植福德,我们自己也只是个乞求的人;我们若看乞者也是菩萨,怀揣感恩,就能使我们走出迷失的津渡。

所以,不需同情悲悯,怀着感恩之心,来注视和帮助那些需要关爱的人,这就叫德行。

 

治病、治人、治国的中医学

新冠肺炎疫情期间,古老的中医又一次绽放光芒。广东省万明子慈善基金会支助的梧桐山中医夏医生和他的义工们是民间自发组织的中医救援团队,他们在武汉治疗与预防新冠肺炎也取得了很好的成果。
我一直笃信中医。中医不仅是医学,还是哲学。有很多事情物质层面解释不了,就像科学领域也在探索精神层面的问题一样,也许现代医学的尽头也是中医呢?

之所以中医有时候显得惚兮恍兮,是因为现代医学暂时还无法清晰透彻地用医学手段去认知和标准化中医。如果中西医能真正放下彼此成见,做到取长补短,中医借助西医的现代检测手段和标准,西医借助中医的整体观和自然疗法,也许是人类健康的幸事。

 

ma ziaoqiu
 
ma ziaoqiu
 

在中国人的生命观里,人都不是孤立存在的,每个生命都与其他生命紧密连接,你中我有,我中有你,然后又都与苍穹宇宙息息相关。
就比如《黄帝内经》认为,人体内有一个经络系统,经脉里有十二条经络,十二经络与一天的十二个时辰神奇地一一对应。如果我们能让自己起居作息与十二时辰对应,精力自然会充沛。这是道法自然,大道至简。但越简单反而越不容易做到。比如对健康有益的早睡少食,现代人往往反其道而行之。
为什么听上去这么简单的事,反而这么难呢?因为心不静,心好静,而欲牵之。中医的最高境界是养生,养生的最高境界是养心,这就是所谓的中医治人。所以,就养生而言,下士养身、中士养气、上士养心,万病由心起。
一切七情六欲都会破坏清净心,从而破坏经络的正常运行,导致疾病的发生。所以,当人在生病的时候,一定不要有怨恨嗔恚心,心里要安定,心定则气顺,气顺则血畅,血畅则百病消。所谓一回头,迷者顿觉,病者顿愈

人与自然、人与人之间的失联,是我们面临的所有个人、社会和生态问题的根源。所以,从广义上讲,中医之法亦是治国之法。因为治国处理的也是人与心、人与人、人与社会、人与自然、国与国的关系。所以,不为良相便为良医之说很有道理,因做良相与良医之道相通。

 

 
ma xiaoqiu

一位从中医中获得健康的德国老教授,以其60年的经验告诉大家,中医不仅是中国人的事,而且是全人类的财富——它既是形而上之道,无形无象,通天达地;又是形而下之器,有形有像,医病救人,同时也是一种渗透于东方世俗生活的文化、哲学、艺术、价值观,甚至就是一种美而合道的生活方式。

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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