I like football. It is because while I am playing football, I feel Buddhism in a match. What can you think of Buddhism in relation to football ? Is it about losing? Or is it about winning? What about a draw game in connection to Buddhism?
I know that a football match is about scores but there are many important things about a match than scores.
A team can make 3 substitutions in a normal match. I remember I saw a match in the Premier League between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth. At the 40th minute, an AFC defender passed back to its goalkeeper when Man. Utd. midfielder was trying to shoot. But the goalkeeper deflected (saved) the ball. The midfielder intercepted the ball again and scored in the next shot. He scored Man. Utd. 1-0 to AFC.
After Man. Utd. scored, the AFC defender got angry and kept telling his teammates off releasing some bad thoughts. That affected the spirits of the other teammates resulting in the manager substituting some of his teammate when AFC lost 3-0.
After the substitution AFC turned around and won one point to make it 3-1. If that sadness still continued with the AFC defenders and they did not change their mindset, AFC Bournemouth might lose more points (maybe even 6-0). This reminds me in Buddhism. You have to change your mind into good thoughts if you have evil thoughts inside your brain, because this will only generate more evil thoughts or even evil deeds. If you have already got bad thoughts in your mind, then quickly think of good ones. This “substitution” will change your Karma. With Buddhism in mind, if you are losing 1-0, you should not blame other players because they let in one goal. Instead you should wish they can do even better next time. Also you can inform the goalkeeper to save better next time. By saying that, this can increase the team spirit. You can prevent your team from losing more points. Sometimes, there is even a good turning of winning.
If you have extra time after reading this article, check the European Championships 2016 Finals (Portugal vs France) and share with me your feelings about the match.
More importantly, I highly recommend “THE DHARMA OF CULTIVATION TRANSMITTED” by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III for true Buddhism. With true Buddhism, you will have more feeling while watching a match, and even benefit a lot in your life.
By Little Spring Onion
Recommended Reading: The Dharma of Cultivation Transmitted by H.H. DORJE CHANG BUDDHA III — What is Cultivation?
(The above is purely personal understanding for reference only, all greatness and inconceivable virtue should be in accordance with the dharma discourses of the Buddha Master. Amitabha.)
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