|The intersection of Kindness and Joyous Way - CTTB|
A carload of us drove two hours north of San Francisco to soak in its peace. Visiting our friend Audrey, who is spending six months there volunteering was a nice incentive, along with the dumplings at the vegan Chinese restaurant. :-) At the bookstore, I picked up a book by Master Hsuan Hua whose first page lists eight guidelines for, “The Buddhist Text Translation Society,” that volunteers translating the scriptures must follow. Upon reading it, I thought to myself: "What wonderful guidelines for volunteering and serving in general." I ended up buying the book and when I read the page again at home, I thought, "What wonderful guidelines for any type of giving.” I’m sure each of them can be discussed at length but here are the exact words.
A volunteer must:
- Free him/herself from the motives of personal fame and profit.
- Cultivate a respectful and sincere attitude free from arrogance and conceit.
- Refrain from aggrandizing his/her work and denigrating that of others.
- Must not establish him/herself as the standard of correctness and suppress the work of others with his or her fault-finding.
- Take the Buddha-mind as his/her own mind.
- Use the wisdom of the Dharma-Selecting Vision to determine true principles.
- Request Virtuous Elders in the ten directions to certify his/her translations.
- Endeavor to propagate the teachings by printing Sutras, Shastra texts, and Vinaya texts when the translations are certified as being correct.
Even the last one applies to the giving/service world because once you know that something has substantial truth and is correct -- you can’t help share it and spread it to others.
|One of the peacocks that decided to do a mating dance|
Perhaps from time to time we need to just pause and spend time with people and places that remind us to take a right on Mindfulness Avenue and keep going straight onto Wisdom Way.