V 1-42 Use a Pure Mind to Develop the Treasure that you possess Within 用净心来开发自身的宝藏
Disclaimer: The translations are not official nor endorsed by 2OR, so please just treat it as a ‘fan-based’ translation. The Buddha-Dharma is profound. No matter how you convey it, it won’t be completely perfect. Because the Buddha-Dharma is an experience, it’s an awakening 【佛法深奥无比，怎么写，都不会是究竟圆满。佛法是一种悟】. Please enjoy, and I hope it serves as a good filler until the official English version comes out.
The Buddha-Dharma talk about cultivating both mind and behaviour. Essentially it means to cultivate the physical body and our spirit. To cultivate, both synchronously is not an easy task. Many people are willing to use their physical body to do benevolent deeds, but they can't raise their level of spirituality of their state of mind. Let's use an analogy, some people are eager to work for their boss, but they just can't put up with the criticism from their boss. That is because their wisdom is not complete; others prefer to think a lot, rather than to act. These people lack Intellect. If someone has unwholesome intentions and do an unwholesome deed, they have no wisdom and morality and will gain nothing. Some Buddhist practices are focused on cultivating behaviour; other Buddhist practices are focused on cultivating the mind. In fact, a true and wholesome Buddhist practice teaches to cultivate both behaviour and mind. People who focus on cultivating one's behaviour does things like helping and taking care of the disabled and elderly and perform other good deeds. But they don't cultivate their mind, and they don't recite sutras. Whereas when one focuses on cultivating one's mind, they only recite sutras but don’t go out and take care of others. To truly cultivate in a wholesome way, is that not only do you recite sutras, meditate and allow our mind to be at peace, you must also go out and perform benevolent deeds regularly. Help others, perform meritorious deeds, save sentient beings far and wide, that is the way of Mahayana Buddhism.
Next, let me go into more detail. There are four areas in our mind that are susceptible to outflows. During the cultivation of the mind, everybody will experience some degree of outflows.
1) Love - when you love, there will be outflows in the form of lust. If love arises from your mind, your way of thinking and mentality will produce some distracting thoughts, and you would trigger unwholesome intentions. When this happens, the mind becomes restless (an outflow within the mind). That's why when your mind possesses love, there will be outflows in the form of lust.
2) Greed - when you're greedy, there will be outflows in the form of lack of vigour. If you are regularly greedy, you'll find it difficult to focus, you will be in a confused state of mind, and your vigour will decline. When you are greedy, you can't think straight; thus, there are outflows in the form of lack of vigour. Hence, don't become greedy.
3) Deviated views cause outflows through the pores. When somebody encounters a problem, and they aren't able to hold the right views and use the right understanding of it, their thoughts, and ultimately their views, become deviated. It makes them more susceptible to losing their temper and getting angry, and so their blood pressure rises, and their positive energy leaks out of their pores. That's why when one is angry, one tends to exhale more frequently because they want to release their congested and stagnated energy from their mind. They have the urge to let it out. Here's an analogy. Everybody's face can change. If a person with a pretty face keeps considering issues with deviated views, their face will turn uglier. It's the pores that cause a change to one's skin condition and health condition. People with deviated views will leak out positive energy through their pores, and contaminants remain inside the body, which gradually accumulates over time and forming negative energy of hatred. That will harm the body. Everything Master tells you is the Buddha-Dharma applied to everyday life.
4) Ignorance causes an outflow verbally. Ignorance is about not being clear about something, so misconceptions arise. Also they often psychologically behave abnormally or inappropriately, which leads to them committing verbal abuse, frivolous prattle etc. Ignorance causes an outflow verbally. You must know that what flows out of the mouth; as a result, is quite severe; they are your merits and virtues. You are creating karma of verbal misconduct. Because you don't understand, and you hold deviated views, that's why you are irresponsibly and inappropriately saying the things you said. Thus you are creating karma of verbal misconduct. Our mouth is the root cause of disasters. There's an old Chinese proverb that says 'trouble comes out of the mouth, illnesses enter through the mouth'. That's why you must pay close attention to your mouths, as it could attract fatal disasters. There's also another proverb that says 'a country can be either become prosperous or become ruined by just one speech' which means the same. Outflows through the mouth, in actual fact, is an outflow of the mind.
The four outflows Master mentioned all stem from our mind. Master hopes that you can maintain your mind to be pure. You must pay attention to these four areas and start blocking it mentally. Don't let your mind incur any outflows.
One must hold a pure faith, that is, to have complete faith in the Buddha-Dharma with a genuine and sincere heart. What are the benefits of having pure faith? Pure faith increases increase your energy and power. Power is derived from pure faith. You must completely and sincerely believe in Guan Yin Bodhisattva without a shred of doubt. When you do, powerful energy emanates from within. For example, if a person is diagnosed with cancer, and they believe that Guan Yin Bodhisattva will save them and will not let them die, if they possess strong inner power within them, then the Bodhisattvas can save them. With this powerful faith, they will be filled with miraculous energy, and the person will be victorious over their cancer and other severe illnesses. Pure faith also has two components that you must take note of:
1. You must have a long-lasting faith; you must have faith in this Buddhist practice, you must have faith in the Bodhisattvas, then you would succeed. Only with long-lasting faith can you maintain pure faith.
2. You must have faith based on your personal experiences. Your personal experiences prove and confirm that the path you are walking on is correct. Then your pure faith becomes more concrete.