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WAYS IN WHICH HUMILITY AND MODESTY ARE CONSIDERED AS MERITORIOUS DEEDS

Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse 

(Question 170)

8 July 2017

 

WAYS IN WHICH HUMILITY AND MODESTY ARE CONSIDERED AS MERITORIOUS DEEDS

 

Caller: Why is it said that being humble and modest is a meritorious deed?

 

Master Jun Hong Lu: Firstly, wouldn’t others feel happy if you were humble and treated them well?  For example, if you were to humbly put your palms together in a respectful greeting to someone who is currently performing recitation, wouldn’t the other party feel happy about the gesture?

 

Secondly, the other party would feel that all Buddhist practitioners are kind and disciplined – don’t you think this would then strengthen their faith in Buddhism?  Such an act of encouragement is indeed a meritorious deed. 

On the other hand, if they are unable to find a single Buddhist friend who is diligently performing recitation and cultivating spiritually, they may then slacken and eventually give up on their practice.

 

Thirdly, respecting the elderly and loving the young are positive attributes and recognised as another meritorious deed.

 

Finally, you serve as a good role model due to your practice in Buddhism, allowing others to recognise that Buddhist practitioners are the epitome of people who respect the elderly and love the young.  Naturally, this is another meritorious act.

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