Dharma talk -“Take those people heading towards bad places….”

For the new year, here’s a short Dharma talk from the last issue of Hanmaum Journal.

The Buddha’s teachings were never about sending
bad people to bad places,
and sending good people to good places.
Instead, take those people heading towards bad places,
and help them move away from those paths.
This is how bodhisattvas respond.

Take good people  
and help them to forever move in good directions.
This how Buddhas respond.

이 부처님 법은
“너는 나쁘니까 유치장으로 가거라
너는 좋으니까 좋은 데로 가거라”
이런 것이 아닙니다.
유치장으로 갈 사람도
유치장으로 안 가게 할 수 있는 게
보살의 응신이요,
지금 좋은 사람은 좋은 사람대로
끝끝내 좋은 사람이 되게끔 하는 것이
부처님의 응신입니다.

2 thoughts on “Dharma talk -“Take those people heading towards bad places….””

  1. Dear Sunim,

    Thank you so much for this lovely post.
    This is for me, the pith instruction. It is what has always drawn me to the Dharma. Although I often act in ways that would make it seem like I’ve NEVER heard of the Dharma, I love it… and this post succinctly captures why.

    Palms together,
    – roy

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