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The opportunity is what we call “dependentorigination” in Buddhism. Normally, we could accomplish one task only when allits direct causes and supporting actions take effect harmoniously. Just like ina puzzle, every piece is an indispensable part to make the game a success.
If all the other pieces have been put intheir right places, then the only one missing part is considered as“opportunity”. When this last part is ready, we could win the game. It seemsthat this last part is especially important and maybe outweighs all the otherparts. But actually its success depends on whether other parts are ready ornot. This is why we say “the opportunity always favors a prepared person”.
On the other hand, we could easily feelconfused while trying to put together whole picture. After one to two pieces,we may find it hard to define the next coming part. Is it the right one? Or isit the wrong one? The puzzle in real life is different from the puzzle in agame. Its direct causes and supporting actions are not well-prepared andcomplete. They may be scattered everywhere. Paying attention to the externalsituation and making decisions accordingly would lead us nowhere. The right wayis to be ourselves, stick to our own direction, and be consistent with our ownvalues.
It’s easy to say “grasping the opportunity”afterwards, but hard to take actions when caught in real situation. Do notwaste time on speculating whether the external condition is an opportunity or adeviate path. Instead, be the master of our own mind. Make sure it is a mindfree from afflictions and a mind bent on planting good seeds.