Volume 4  No 4

From the Editor



The Five Precepts
Abstention from:

i. Killing


iii. Sexual misconduct
iv. False speech
v. Intoxicants
2. The Ten Virtuous Deeds
Abstention from:
i. Killing
ii. Stealing
iii. Sexual misconduct
iv. False speech
v. Double-tongue
vi. Coarse language
vii. Filthy language
viii. Greed, Covetousness
ix. Anger
x. Ignorance, Perverted views
JUST AS our deeds in our past lives shape the nature of our present life, what we do in this life will determine how we will live in our next life. We are the result of our own actions. Of course, we can choose what we wish to do. In fact, one of the many wonderful things about being human beings is having the absolute power to choose. All of us are in possession of this power that shapes our destinies.

The question is do we know which to choose? All the Buddha's of the past, present and future achieve the Supreme Enlightenment by cultivating from the Human Realm. Obviously we want to be reborn in the Human Realm so that we can follow the Buddha's footstep. All the Buddha's advise people 'to do no evil; to perform all good deeds; and to purify the mind.' Therefore, Jen Chen Buddhism encourages people to cultivate by observing The Five Precepts[1] and perform the Ten Virtuous Deeds[2] so that we can be reborn in the Human Realm life after life, to advance in our cultivation and purify our mind, until we become enlightened.

The whole point about Buddhism is to unfold our wisdom and become enlightened.
Cultivation is therefore a very important matter for us because it is only through cultivation that we can be enlightened. It deserves commitment and priority, and certainly not only when it is convenient for us. I hope the following anecdote illustrates my point:

A chicken and a pig were having a discussion. The chicken said, "I am committed to giving one egg everyday." The pig replied, "That's not commitment. That's just participation. Giving bacon, now THAT'S commitment."

Be with Buddha, be with wisdom.

Copyright 2002.Jen Chen Buddhism Centre