Talks about True Self
The True Self in the Buddhist Perspective
The Basic Level of A Virtuous Self--Learning and Giving
The Virtuous Self at a Higher Level---Giving for the Sake of Sentient Beings
The Virtuous Self at Its Highest Level---the True Self
Learn to endeavor and put in efforts while remaining adaptive, flexible, and unattached. This is the practice of no-self.
Self-affirmation by Learning from Others
Spiritual practice is a never-ending process of self-development: Avoid repeating the same mistakes, be they others' or your own. And learn from people's good points.
Control our Emotions and Thoughts through Willpower
Constantly observe and monitor our mental activities. Learn to gain better control of our states of mind by using our willpower to release or divert our emotions.
Control our Emotions and Thoughts through Wisdom
A wise person is master of the fine-tuned art of observing the rising and perishing of thoughts, allowing himself to elude the endlessly arising afflictions of the deluded mind.
Applying wisdom to reflect on ourselves and compassion on others
Compassion requires us to empathize, observe. to be respectful, understanding, and considerate. Rather thean being overly indulgent and permissive.
Even beings in the natural world accept and support one another. So, characterized by our humanity, we help, forgive and accept each other in the midst of competition, using patience and compassion.
When we are uneasy, we can first recite the Buddha or Bodhisattva’s name to calm down, and then identify the cause of our unease, so as to untangle ourselves from emotional knots.
The difference betweeen Buddhism and Christianity is that Buddha is the believer's "teacher", while God is the believer's "master."