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Talks about Life from the Buddhist Perspective

- Understanding impermanence and living life to the fullest
- Life's responsibilities
- The meaning and value of life
- Realizing the value of life

Understanding Impermanence and Living Life to the Fullest

Impermanence means that life is finite and the time that we can really use is very limited. While we have to spend most of our life make a living, working for our family, we should make good use of our life and enhance the value of our life by having good intentions, speaking good words, and doing good deeds. If we can't do good deeds, at least we should make sure that people interacting with us don't suffer because of us.

Realizing the Value of Life

The value of life depends on how we use our lives. If what we want are positive values, we must use our bodily, verbal, and mental actions to achieve sufficient growth in our morals, character, and humanity.

The Meaning and Value of Life

In countless lifetimes, we live the consequences of our actions. For our life to have value and purpose, we should not blindly follow others in pursuing something, but should instead wisely pursue what others don't. Have a worthy aspiration, make a compassionate vow to benefit others, and make a contribution, rather than drift with transient fashions.

Life's Responsibilities

From the Buddhist perspective, there are only two kinds of responsibility in life. The first is to fulfill our vows, and the second is to pay back our karmic debts. We should learn the Buddhas and bodhisattvas in making great vows to save suffering sentient beings. In paying back our karmic debts, we should actively contribute to our society for the benefit of the public, and treat any situation we encounter, whether good or bad, with equanimity.

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