We Should Look Inside at All Times
(Clearwisdom.net) Many practitioners talk about how we should unconditionally look inward when we cooperate with others. This determines if we are genuine cultivators and can cooperate well. Some fellow practitioners have shared that they do not know how to look inside when it seems obvious that the other party is at fault. Based on my personal cultivation experience, I know of three reasons why we should look inside, even when we seem to be in the right.
First, I look to see if I have grievances with the other party, and whether I am impatient, competitive, or feel superior to them. I have found that whenever I am displeased when others make mistakes, I must have at least one of these attachments. Once these human notions are stirred up, it can help us identity the cause of our displeasure.
I then examine to see if I have a broad and open mind that is forgiving and tolerant. Any practitioners that have not yet reached consummation will surely make mistakes, and we need to be tolerant of others as we cultivate. Our compassion grows as we move forward in cultivation, and it needs to break through boundless realms, to encompass countless sentient beings, including our fellow practitioners. If we cannot be tolerant of other practitioners, that means our compassion is not sufficient and needs to grow.
We need to respect our fellow practitioners from the bottom of our hearts. Under the current environment, practitioners have risked their personal safety to help Master save sentient beings. Although they still have human notions, their sacred actions are completely selfless. When I meet such great practitioners, all I have is sincere respect. If such a practitioner has made a mistake, we should surely not fight with them; on the contrary, we should quietly help to mend those gaps.
When I was helping a practitioner to lean how to use a computer, I became impatient and would get very angry, because she would soon forget what I had taught her. Then, I thought: she was nearly 60; she did not have a job and lived a very difficult life, but she was determined to learn computer technology to help save sentient beings. I then became deeply moved and thought that I must be patient when I help her.
I would like to remind all practitioners that in most situations, although it may appear that the mistake was made by another party, if we unconditionally look inside, we will often find that the mistakes were not completely the other party's fault.
These are my personal understandings, please point out anything inappropriate.