The Value Systems of Humans, Heaven and Buddha

Master Jingzong; English translation by Foyuan, edited by Fojin

The value systems of humankind, Heaven and Buddha differ greatly. Human beings calculate in a clever and shrewd manner; Heaven adopts the law of cause and effect (karma) impartially; and Buddha values compassion.

The things that a human being treasures are finite and impermanent; the things that Heaven esteems are finite but everlasting; and the things that Buddha values are both immeasurable and never ending.

Human calculation is for the purpose of self-benefit; Heaven’s design is to uphold justice; and Buddha’s intent is to benefit others.

The value system of human beings destroys fairness and leads to discrimination. Heaven’s value system restores equity while that of Buddha treats all as equal.

When measuring value, human beings are selfish and egoistic; Heaven goes with the flow of Nature and does not contrive to do things artificially; and Buddha is brimming with compassion.

In calculating how to maximize self-benefit, human beings get themselves into a mess. Each insists that he is right and often reneges on his words.

The way Heaven operates is most precise and fair because the law of karma is inexorable.

In the realm of the Buddhas, no calculation is needed. All sentient beings are originally Buddhas, no more, no less, just like the void.

The calculating tricks of human beings can easily drag them down to hell. Our ploys, however clever, may in the end cost us our lives.

Buddha looks upon sentient beings as Buddhas. Amitabha Buddha has made this solemn vow: If, when I achieve Buddhahood, sentient beings of the ten directions (who wish to be reborn in my land and recite my name) should fail to be born there, may I not attain perfect enlightenment.

Humankind proposes, but Heaven disposes. Heaven designs but Buddha decides.

And so we should give up our various clever ideas, just accept Heaven’s way and entrust our lives to Amitabha Buddha.

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