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What's the difference between "aggressive" and "persistent"?
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Q: In life, we think that it is a good thing for a person to be enterprising, but in Buddhism, the "enterprising" in the sense of ordinary people often has the color of "persistent". What is the difference between "enterprising" and "persistent"?

A: Some people think that Buddhism is negative. They fear that if they study Buddhism, they will lose their initiative and they will not dare to approach Buddhism. This is actually a misunderstanding of Buddhism. In the secular sense, aggressiveness is a good thing; From a Buddhist perspective, aggressiveness is also affirmed. Anyone who really studies Buddhism must first establish a noble goal and then continue to work hard to achieve it. When the Buddha's disciples practice, they must send bodhicitta, just as Sihong vowed to say: "All beings have endless vows, endless worries, and endless vows. "Every Bodhisattva has made great wishes when he practiced in the land, and he has worked tirelessly to achieve these great wishes.


What is the relationship between enterprise and persistence? Progress means that people have some kind of upward drive and some kind of upward pursuit, such as studies, careers, etc.. But in the pursuit process, we will inevitably intervene in the self, put my label, feel that I am pursuing. Made it, I'm brilliant; If I fail, I feel ashamed. Because to me, the dedication to achievement and too much care, there will be anxiety and anxiety. In addition, we also have our own value judgments about what we seek. The importance of those things that matter is exaggerated. If it does not succeed, it will be painful. We will also cling to our own empirical approach, thinking that this is the best model for achieving results, and thus become self-righteous and unable to accept the opinions of others. Even in doing things, because of stubborn opinions, there are opposing conflicts, making people live very tired. Of course, we can not deny that this dedication also has certain catalytic effects in achieving the Goals.

The practice of Dharma is to make us enterprising and not persistent. The famous quote of the Diamond Sutra is: "You should have no place to live and have your heart. "No living, no persistence; And to be born with his heart is to be enterprising. In the Bible, it is said that the Bodhisattva must destroy infinite sentient beings. The so-called "If you are oviparous, if you are born, if you are wet, if you are born, if you are colored, if you are colorless, if you have no idea, if you do not want to think, if you do not want to think, you do not want to think. I have all made it into Nirvana and destroyed it. "This means that the Bodhisattva wants to help all sentient beings to relieve their troubles and wake up from the reincarnation. However, in the heart, I can not cling to the life of all people, nor can I feel that I am making sentient beings. The so-called" If there is no infinite number of sentient beings, there is no sentient beings. " Why? Shibita! If the Bodhisattva has my phase, human phase, all life phase, life phase, that is, not Bodhisattva. " If the bodhisattvas, like us mortals, take what they do very seriously, and feel that I am doing something, that I am being sentient, I am not a worthy bodhisattvas.

However, persistence is the habit of mortals, and aggressiveness is bound to be accompanied by persistence, and persistence will cause pain. If you want to be aggressive and not tired, you must have the wisdom of emptiness and realize that everything is born of karma. Only in this way can we surpass the persistence of the phenomenon, have no heart to live in, and be active and enterprising while not losing their freedom.


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