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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. 




原创 马小秋 太平洋财经 824


译者:杰拉德·多诺万 Gerard Donovan


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《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。


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