The following discussion is reproduced from the thread Good Thoughts, Words and Deeds — The Shaolin Arts and Daily Life .started in the Shaolin Wahnam Discussion Forum on 2nd August 2007
Assistant Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam Scotland
3rd August 2007
The first part of this teaching I will discuss is doing Good Deeds.
This part of the principle can be incredibly rewarding and greatly help us in our practice. It can bring us joy and wonder, enrich our day to day, take us away from our "perceived" problems, greatly enhance our Karma amongst many other benefits.
When I began trying to implement this practice I struggled with being consistent. I would "turn on" this type of attitude one day and then get consumed with myself on others. To overcome this I have implemented the following practice:
Every day/week think of all the good deeds that you can do, then just do them. Simple as it seems, just the act of continually shifting focus on to this daily enables us to enact this teaching.
I further categorized Good Deeds into relevant areas in my day to day. This means I look at Family and Friends, My Shaolin Wahnam Family and people I meet day to day etc. Sigung's questions and answers can be so helpful on these matters, for example Sigung says:
|Now that their children are grown up, all they want is to have their children visit them often, hold their hands and talk to them.|
This is found in questions and answers: http://wongkk.com/answers/ans02b/jul02-1.html
It is relevant to mention that Good Deeds or charity are categorized in Buddhist teachings:
Sigung describes this in the questions and answers: http://wongkk.com/answers/ans00b/oct00-3.html
Should you want to do something, it is best to further increase your blessings by being charitable.
Charity is of three levels. The lowest level is the giving of material benefits, like monetary donation. The second level is the giving of service, like taking care of elderly people, especially your own parents if you are so blessed still to have them living with you. The highest level of charity is the giving of teaching, especially spiritual teaching. One should give teaching only if he is qualified to do so. Giving false teaching, in whatever field, is being uncharitable.
So sharing teaching is the highest level. There is a balance to find here, if you continuously try to teach people then none will listen. Also we must first "heal ourselves" then others. We can share books, websites, lessons but we must be sensitive to other people's views and needs. Sometimes the best teaching is to let our Shaolin Arts radiate from our hearts to those around us, that is what really inspires people.
Love and Respect
I would like to share with you a great cosmic truth. What you are and will be, is what you think. If one constantly thinks of himself as being sick and unhappy, he will be sick and unhappy. It is very important that you must always have noble thoughts — of yourself and of others. And especially when your mind has become powerful, you must always use it for good.
Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit