The Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche and Nyanadharo, and Dr Dinh Hy Trinh: take advantage of this period of confinement to do good and support your loved ones.

- through Sophie Solere

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Buddhist News invites you to meditate on the wise and enlightening words of Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche and Venerable Nyanadharo, and Dr. Dinh Hy Trinh. Some of you know them as eminent representatives of the Vajrayana, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Others, confident in their discernment and understanding, regularly ask them in the Question B section of the for practical support in their daily lives. They are also, for many people, "good friends", guides who, beyond any denominational reference, help them to walk on their path of life, thanks to their benevolent, fair and neutral advice.

Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche

“The French authorities have just put in place containment systems. It is important that we all take note of the recommendations and prohibitions, and that we apply them scrupulously, with civility.

From the standpoint Buddhist Undeniably, diseases and other scourges abound in samsara in general. On a personal level, whether or not we fall ill depends essentially on the karma whether or not we have accumulated. In simpler terms, it depends on what we have done and are doing on all three levels, physical, oral and mental. Concerning death, the very fact that we are born implies that inevitably we will die, one day, noting that the moment of our death will owe nothing to chance, but will also be conditioned by the karmas of which we will then be carriers.

All this to say that, yes, we have to follow the instructions. On the other hand, there is no need to worry. If we have a religion, it is much more constructive to pray according to the customs of our tradition. Thus, we Buddhists will fervently invoke the Master and the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

As everywhere in the world, at this very moment, there are countless beings who are suffering from all kinds of illnesses and/or who are on the verge of death; I suggest that we pray for all of these beings, developing compassion and love for them. Of all conceivable thoughts, kindness, or benevolence, is undoubtedly the best, and it is the most powerful protection!

In summary, there is no need to worry. Let's cultivate faith, at least benevolence, and make it a point of honor to respect health instructions, in an exemplary way. »

Venerable Nyanadharo

"Joy and serenity. Praise of idleness. For once, humanity can be happy at home, without being forced to go to work, to visit one or the other out of politeness or kindness, without "friends" being forced to receive... Happy at home .

Let everyone list everything they can do in this time of confinement, which they never have time to do even on vacation, even on the weekend, it's as if the good Lord had gone on vacation. To everyone, I say: make the minimum effort: go get food. I leave you to your thoughts…”

Doctor Dinh Hy Trinh

“We are currently experiencing a serious viral pandemic, not because of its lethality, but because of its particularly rapid and widespread expansion, especially since it is constantly relayed by the media, giving more worrying figures every day.

How then to avoid letting anxiety develop, anxiety about the next day, or even depression? Especially since the health directives have become drastic, with confinement disrupting our daily lives.

Faced with this crisis, let us try as the Buddha, to see things “as they are” (yatha-bhuta). That is to say, by informing us of the real scientific facts, and not allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by suppositions, imaginary ideas, born of false information.

This epidemic, the scientists have specified, can be compared to that of SARS linked to another coronavirus, which also appeared in China in December 2002, and spread throughout the world, with a peak in April 2003 and ending in June 2003. In all likelihood, the heat sensitivity of the virus also causes the current outbreak to end in June 2020.

In the coming weeks, each of us will have to face difficult situations, for sure, but it will certainly be better the next day.

If we rigorously follow the instructions for hygiene, social distancing, if we help each other, if we trust the health professions who devote themselves day and night to us, while remaining optimistic, happy to live, then Everything will be alright ! As Zen Master Dogen said, "The living world is just like moonlight reflecting off a dewdrop." The Covid-19, too, is in the moonlight.

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Sophie Solere

Sophie Solère is an economic and social journalist who has been interested for years in the environment and interdependence. She works for Buddhist News, a media platform dedicated to Buddhist spirituality and wisdom. By practicing yoga and meditative dance, Sophie discovered the power of spiritual journeys, which offer so many paths to (re)find yourself. She is dedicated to sharing inspiring stories and valuable advice on spiritual practice and the environment with Buddhist News readers.

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