In this world, it is a taboo to be perfect in every way. For
example, once the moon in the sky is full, it will soon
decrescent. Once the fruits on a tree ripen, they will drop
and fall. In order to persist, there must always be room
There is a limit to everything; once the line is crossed,
punishment is inevitable. This is a simple philosophy
of life, and also a law which applies to many things
in nature. It is said that Indians catch monkeys with
a special wooden cage, inside which food is placed.
Monkeys would then reach for the food, but once they
grab onto it, they will not be able to retract their hands
unless they let go of the food. Yet monkeys refuse to let
go, as they lack the wisdom to do so. Nonetheless, do
human beings have such wisdom? Some may be able to
resist the temptations of money and lust, but still cave in
to the temptations of power. There are always things that
people are unable to let go of. Such are their weaknesses,
and also what makes humanity so profound.
Fo Guang Shan is a place that gives a feeling of
warmth. Coming to this place on a cold day, one will feel
the warmth; if it were on a scorching hot day, one will
feel the coolness.
This place should be our foremost home. The original
homes we live in are houses for our physical bodies,
while this particular home is one for our spirituality.
It is far more important to find a spiritual home than a
physical home. When a person finds spiritual solace, then
all his actions will be based on a standard, ensuring that
he is in accordance with the fundamentals of morality.