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  • Cultivating Tao and cultivating our hearts

    修道心篇

    When you cultivate Tao, do not just pay attention to what is beautiful, delicious and comfortable. You also need to endure the hardship and suffering, only then you can be a true cultivator. A devoted cultivator should understand that hardship is part and parcel of life. The more you do, the more you fulfill your vows. Hence those who cultivate Tao and propagate Tao should have no complaints or regrets. Your sincere heart and your own realization of Tao are the most important aspects in cultivation. Wisdom is gained through experiencing your life whilst trying to improve yourself. For instance, when encountering a problem, to solve it satisfactorily requires

    wisdom. Apply what you have learned into practice and only then you can make a difference in your life. Everyone’s duty is to be responsible to oneself. Everything you do has an effect on all the sentient beings, yourself, and everyone around you. Today, you are here in the Temple to learn Tao, but where is Tao? Tao is in your daily life. You should act in accordance with Tao and set an example of Tao, devotedly practicing it yourself, and then you’ll see how worthwhile it is to cultivate Tao. Our knowledge should always be consistent with our actions? Knowing without doing is in vain. Doing without planning is reckless. When you have a belief, or a kind thought, how do you fulfill it? It cannot be accomplished in two or three days. It will take constant practices throughout your life to achieve success in cultivation. As you come to know yourself better, you will show your inner sincerity in your expressions and behaviors. Then, people will see you as a Buddha. The world around you will become a Buddhaland paradise because of you. The real paradise is in your heart. When you manage holy affairs, do them naturally, you should not expect any rewards; always follow your True Nature and Buddhaland will certainly support (and bless) you. If you are expecting rewards and troubled, then you are not doing it naturally, eventually you will feel powerless to achieve your goal. Be selfless in your Tao cultivation; be contented in fulfilling your roles and responsibilities. You need to cultivate Tao without complaints, without regrets, without a starting point or a finish line. Start again after resting; be sure that you really make an effort to help this world in becoming more harmonious and peaceful. Hope that in this time of great urgency and chaos, all of you can settle down your heart, calm down your mind and be sincere. Be sincere to yourself, to everyone and everything you do. Face your own heart, be sincere and demonstrate your sincerity in your behaviors and expressions. I, Holy Teacher, expect all my disciples to do this: whenever you encounter any unsatisfactorily or imperfection (deviations from Tao), do your best to make it complete and perfect (i.e. conform to Tao). Start from small accomplishments and end up with major

  • Cultivating Tao and cultivating our hearts

    修道心篇 accomplishments or perfections. Start from the smallest things, and strive for perfection with this principle, “Praise others’ merits but be humble with your own. Admit your own faults instead of criticizing others’.” Do not slander or criticize when you see only a small part of the whole picture. That will only make things worse. Self-Nature is within yourself. It is not visible. My disciples, do your own research and you’ll find that the past sages, saints, and prophets of the world’s greatest religions all reached perfection by fulfilling their basic responsibilities. Hence you need to be resolute and plant your feet firmly on solid ground. Don’t just live in a vague and unrealistic “dream of cultivation”. What does it mean to live in a dream of cultivation? If you talk a lot and do nothing much, that’s living in a dream. Cultivation is to fulfill one's duties faithfully, without complaint. Do not compare yourself with others. Do to the best of your abilities. Buddhaland is fair; Buddhaland will not treat you with less than what you deserve. When your time comes, naturally others will affirm you. Unless you are conscientious, firm and commit yourself, you will not get any affirmation or recognition. Cultivation is to correct evil thoughts, and recover the inherent conscience and the intrinsic ethics within you. Being a human, you need to fulfill your basic duties. You should be practical, and try not to reach for what is beyond your grasp. You do not need to go to other places to study Zen or meditation. All you need to do is to cultivate yourself in the most natural way, which is from your merciful heart, and eventually you will achieve Buddhahood. The remarkable glory of White Sun Era is that we can accomplish the most extraordinary things in the most ordinary way. A cultivator needs not only to cultivate well, but also to express Tao effectively. To be a cultivator, your words, your heart, and your deeds have to be consistent. The most important thing in cultivation is to realize the truth. Our emotions are fickle and unpredictable but how do we maintain our initial zeal? If you want to maintain our faith, you have to carry it out, persevere and practice it constantly. Through your endeavours, you will face some setbacks, frustrations, or failures. However, if you get back on your feet after falling down, your faith will become stronger and firmer than before; in this way you can maintain constancy and persistency of your Buddha heart. Do you understand this? Neither the earth nor the underworld is your home. You come to the earthly world with a mission. Do not belittle or underestimate yourself. It is your responsibility to propagate Tao on behalf of Buddhaland. Why? Because you were born by Buddhaland and nurtured by earth; the grace of Buddhaland and earth and the grace of your parents are the greatest blessings you have received in life.

  • Cultivating Tao and cultivating our hearts

    修道心篇 You should know filial piety towards (love, honor, respect and take good care of) your parents, and love your brothers and sisters. Loving and honoring parents should be done naturally, without any expectations. That is true filial piety. Every obstacle is an ideal time for growth. Do not just pay attention to the superficial. To cultivate, you need to go deeper. In getting along with people, you need to go deeper too (and make the extra effort). You cannot just take care of the façade. Otherwise, people will also treat you superficially. Whatever you do, do not postpone till tomorrow. Do it today, seize the moment, here and now; only then you’ll find what is true and eternal. Take cultivation as something you should do, only then you will do it willingly and cheerfully; just like enjoying your meals. Take cultivation as having meals, think of it as enjoying a delicious meal that you want to experience it every day. That is why one different thought makes a world of difference. There’s no end in Tao cultivation, rest your weary mind if you must, but do not slow down your progress, March forward steadily remain tranquil in heart and not affected by fame or wealth. In propagating Tao, everyone’s must be united to form a stronghold and work for a common goal. Do not pursue fame or individual glory. Cultivation does not happen in the temples, nor do we cultivate in front of people only. Cultivation takes place in everything we face and do; more especially when we are alone by ourselves. That’s real cultivation. Buddhaland positions are determined in this earthly world. However, if you are striving for a Buddhaland position (as a reward) then it is not a Buddhaland position anymore. Because once your heart is moved, it is not Tao. Choose the path that is suitable for you. Everyone has his own innate gifts. Since it is already in you there is no need to search for it externally. If you are fond of Tao, you should be honest, humble, kind and magnanimous. We can learn Tao from doing chores. We should also stretch ourselves and work outside our comfort zone.

    Cultivate Tao in every moment. Do it consistently. If you pause or stop, it is a waste of time. Be responsible for your own life. Show your compassion. Actually, all of you are Holy Teacher’s incarnations. You are all little Ji-Gongs (help and serve the public), do not ji-si (help and serve self). Ji-si will cause you countless worries. In your everyday life, who should be your teacher? You cannot see Holy Teacher, and you do not know where Holy Teacher is, so, whom should you learn from? Let your conscience be your teacher. Conduct yourself. Work and speak with conscience, then you will make less mistakes.

  • Cultivating Tao and cultivating our hearts

    修道心篇 Cultivation should be done here and now. You should cultivate every moment and everywhere. Usually people grow in adversities, such experiences can only make them stronger. Buddhaland g