The True Gentleman
Written by: Dai Hu
As the saying goes “A gentleman should conduct himself in honourable ways.” Having an encompassing heart, be perfectly open and above board in his actions, being courageous and taking responsibility for his deeds and repent for his misdeeds, being grateful and seek to repay the kindness, being genuine in changing oneself for the better, etc. These are honourable conducts model of a true gentleman, a man of noble character. On the other hand, traits like stabbing another in his back, committing misdeeds, being unreasonable, repaying kindness with vengeance, being an ingrate to your benefactors, distorting the truth, transgress willfully, choosing the path of evil over good etc, are not exemplary of a true gentleman. Similarly, if you form an opinion without investigating the facts, relying on hearsay, following the herd despite its flaws, judging something by appearance and having preconceived notions, such behaviour are not desirable for a Buddhist and a true gentleman. To believe and understand the Law of Karma is a code of conduct for all Buddhists and true gentlemen. This is something we must all know!
To all beloved and virtuous readers, please still your heart and ponder deeply on this: in this current era, who can keep writing day after day, with over 240 book titles under His name (and still writing till today), and make a vow to deliver all sentient beings even if it means crushing His bones and breaking His body to pieces, before attaining Buddhahood? Who can persevere with His daily spiritual practice continuously, preside over puja ceremonies and give Dharma sermons every Saturday, and make the extra effort to grant blessings on the heads of thousands of disciples from all over the world, after the puja ceremonies? My Root Guru Master, Namo Living Buddha Lian Sheng, is one true Living Buddha who truly practices and truly lives His vows. In my heart, without a single doubt, He is the perfect true gentleman.