A Teaching Material of Venerable Master Hsing Yun
Foreword: The following one hundred tasks of life were introduced by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, the founder of Fo Guang Shan Monastery in 2005. They can be regarded as a motto for life. I would suggest keeping a notebook or placing the answers to the questions in notepad so that you can see which section you do the best on and which that you need to improve. If you feel fully confident in achieving any one of these tasks, mark a “check” next to the “dot”. If you feel partially confident, mark a “circle” next to the dot, or if you feel that a lot of effort is still required, mark a “x” next to the dot. Count up the number of checks that you have after each section and write it down under the title of the section.
There is a total of six sections. If you score more than 10 “checks”, you have passed the course. If you score more than twenty, you make a 70. If you score thirty, you make an 80, and if you score fifty, you make a 100. You will need to count the total of your “checks” after you have completed all six sections.
The remaining fifty tasks can be regarded as potential improvements that should be made whenever conditions allow. You can even set up a one year plan and assess yourself at the end of the year based on these tasks. You will then know whether you improved or not.
On Everyday Life
- Read at least one newspaper a day to keep up with the world. Read at least one good book a day to nurture a knowledgeable character.
- Stick to a regular daily routine; maintain upright and honest mental and physical behavior. Wake up and go to bed at regular times; maintain regular food-intakes during each day’s three meals.
- Develop the habit to exercise and walk at least five thousand steps per day.
- Stay away from tobacco. alcohol, pornography, and drugs. Govern and regulate your own life.
- Use your money and possessions wisely, do not over spend or use them excessively.
- Develop wholesome habits; refrain from inappropriate eating of snacks or thoughtlessly losing one’s temper. Good habits are the best way to maintain a wholesome and healthy life.
- Recite the Buddha’s name thrice before each meal, and observe the Five Contemplations at Mealtime when eating at home.
- Travel the world beneath the clouds and moon, and experience the spirit of alms-procession at least once in your life. In other words, embark on a journey on your own.
- Give away your possessions at least once or twice in your life as a way to experience the state of emptiness.
- Manage your time well, utilize your space wisely, and bring harmony to the human world. Allow these three dimensions to become one, and your life shall not be lived in vain.