Virtuous Behavior Can Bring Joyfulness
As ordinary beings, we all have been through many kinds of mental afflictions and sufferings. The practice of engaging in virtuous action can help us to eliminate these negative emotions. In Mahayana Buddhism, generating a mind of renunciation, practicing the six paramitas and cultivating the qualities of a Bodhisattva, are all actions that are highly recommended.
All kinds of afflictions such as hatred and greed can be eliminated and this is the process of cutting off the cause of suffering. This is essential and only through practicing virtuous actions can we eliminate afflictions. These days we talk of positive energy which has great meaning. It reminds us that, on any occasion, we should practice virtuous actions as much as we can. This era is rather special in that it provides lots of opportunities to accumulate all kinds of bad karma. These bad karmas may not be obvious but in fact, they will just naturally bring all kinds of bad things to our bodies and minds and cause us to suffer. If we can fully devote ourselves to practicing virtuous actions, we will naturally experience happiness and joy. In Buddhism, generating a mind of renunciation, practicing the Six Paramitas, cultivating Bodhisattva qualities are highly recommended when it comes to achieving true happiness. Instead of praying and beseeching, it is better to personally engage in virtuous deeds to obtain favorable outcomes.