Building One’s Own Stepping Stones to Peace & Happiness
In the afternoon of 15 August 2012, Abbot President Venerable Guo Dong attended a painted stone exhibition by Ms Qin Law, held at the Eslite Bookstore in Taipei’s Hsinyi District.
He offered his warmest blessings to those in attendance, and made a speech to encourage people in uplifting one’s own value in life.
Ms Law, a stone painter who has been suffering cancer for many years, was very much inspired by the teachings of the late Venerable Master Sheng Yen. She stated that Chan meditation and sutra transcription have been her best recreational past-times while undergoing cancer treatments. She stated that she is now very grateful of everything surrounding her, and is working hard to have a positive influence on the lives of others.
Venerable Guo Dong appraised Ms Law’s active attitude towards her own life very highly. He said we all inevitably face adversities sometimes, but instead of complaining or feeling helpless, our best strategy is to accept them wholeheartedly, and to maintain a clear mind with the help of Dharma; the adversities would then be turned into our stepping stones towards peace and happiness.
(translated by Jin Yang/edited by DDM Australia Editing Team)