Heute schreibe ich für Euch eine weitere kurze Lehre aus meinem „Pocket Thich Nath Hanh“ ab.
YOUR TRUE PERSON
Often we live a life of compromise so that there´s peace in the house.
We buy a small peace so that we can get through the day. And if we live like that then we aren´t a great person, but a cracked vase, unable to contain the rice soup. If we want to be a great Dharma instrument, then we have to be determined not to let other people trick us.
Master Linji exhorted us to be the master of our own situation, but that doesn´t mean we need to fight and suppress others, but rather we need to be he masters of ourselves. Suppose we have a friend who is quick to anger. We can think there is something wrong with him, and try to suppress his anger. We can think that because he is raising his voice we have to raise ours. Or we can be the masters of ourselves in that situation, feeling real compassion for the other person´s difficulties.
Sometimes it´s not a person in the moment but a person in the past who we think is the master of our own stuation. We say we are behaving a certain way because of something our parents or someone else did to us as a child. But each person has their own karma and each person is the master of their own situation in the moment, not a slave to others past or present.
The true person doesn´t go outside for an outside master. We are in charge of our own destiny and we have to be responsible for each of our words, thoughts and actions. Mindfulness will help. Then we realize, „I am thinking like this I´m responsible for these thoughts. I´ve spoken like that, I´m responsible for my words. I´m doing this, and I´m responsible for his action. “ We have to know that each word each thought, each of our actions carries our signature. We are responsible for it and that is called being in charge of ourselves. Wherever we stand, wherever we sit, we are the true person. We are masters of ourselves and wherever we are, we are ourselves. We only need to live this eight words, and it´s enough to make us Master Linji´s student, worthy to be his continuation.:
„Wherever we are, we are our true person.“
Write these words and hang them somewhere to remind yourself.