The Buddha told us that the kalpa of decay is brought on through the accumulation of collective karma and the evil karma of sentient beings. When people’s minds turn evil, they will do harm to the world. For the past thirty or so years, I have been telling everyone to bring purity to people’s minds to gather good karma.
We all must truly work together with concerted effort to make the most of the year 2000. In the past, discord between groups and among people was inevitable. “2000” ends in three zeros, representing a total reset. We should start making preparations and truly go into the community, weaving together everyone’s love and transforming evil karma with good karma.
Sentient beings are heavily defiled; their minds are severely defiled. However, I have always been happy in my heart because there are so many people in society who are willing to help. This is how we begin to bring purity to people’s hearts.
Tzu Chi volunteers advocate for people to donate their bodies for medical science, and they are also very willing to do this. This comes from selflessness; they have set aside their selfish greed and have become pure in body and mind.
If everyone could see the bigger picture, let go of their attachments, and willingly give of themselves, wouldn’t society be so beautiful? I hope that as we enter the new millennium, we can resolve our conflicts from the past and return them to nothing. For the sake of our future, we must steadfastly bring purity to people’s minds and work toward a pure land on Earth.