Master Jun Hong Lu’s
22 June 2014
There was a sad-looking 70 -year-old bachelor who had been travelling all over the world. One day, he met a monk, and the monk asked him, “What have you been looking for on your journey around the world?”
He answered, “I’m looking for the perfect lady and marry her.”
The monk asked, “After all these years, have you managed to find such a lady?”
“I have met a lady who is absolutely perfect,” he answered.
The monk asked, “Then why didn’t you marry her?”
The old man responded helplessly, “Because she is also looking for the perfect man”.
Just as the moon is not always round, everyone experiences ups and downs in this world. Nothing in this world is perfect. To seek perfection, in itself, is an imperfection. To acknowledge your own imperfection and tolerate the imperfection of others is akin to cultivating a flower of perfection in your mind.
Everyone has their own shortcomings. When you acknowledge your own shortcomings and correct them, you will find that your shortcomings will actually make you stronger. Our shortcomings prompt us to think,” I must overcome and conquer them.” This in turn motivates us to improve ourselves. Therefore, do not worry when others point out our weaknesses. As true Buddhist practitioners, we must behave like the Buddha. We should speak, act, and think like the Buddha.
Set a good example so that others can feel your compassion and wisdom, then you are a Buddha in the human world.
Acknowledging your own imperfection and tolerate the imperfection of others is akin to cultivating a flower of perfection in your mind.