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.
‘Although acting while not acting, the Receiving-Body manifests, it’s the path of the Bodhisattva’. Although there are many things that we have done without realising nor being aware of, whether it’s unwholesome or wholesome, you will still experience the consequences of your actions. It is precisely because your body experiences all the different kinds of karmic retribution; you are walking on the path of the Bodhisattva. Many people may not understand what this means. Why is it that experiencing karmic retribution could change us into a Bodhisattva? Master asks you, if you didn’t experience your karmic retribution, would you have learnt Buddhism? If you didn’t receive your karmic retribution, would you have started to recite Buddhist scriptures? If you didn’t encounter the various hardships you had experienced, would you have prayed? If you pray, recite Buddhist scriptures and do wholesome deeds, aren’t you a Bodhisattva? The ideas of the Buddha are very profound. The lesson is only a few words: ‘Although acting while not acting, the Receiving-Body manifests, it's the path of the Bodhisattva’. It means you have already started to walk on the path of a Bodhisattva, but it doesn’t mean that you are already a Bodhisattva. Do you understand? The Buddha-Dharma is very profound.
‘Not acting is like nothing has begun’. If you haven’t done anything, then you won’t develop any rights or wrongs with your actions. Isn’t that right? If you haven’t developed any unwholesome thoughts, how would you experience unwholesome karmic retribution? If you haven’t done any unwholesome deeds, how would you experience unwholesome karmic retribution? That’s why ‘not acting is like nothing has begun’. ‘Not begun’ refers to nothing that has developed or initiated. What does ‘the Dharma door of No-Birth’ mean? “I don’t think that that the Dharma Door I have learnt is a Dharma Door, so this Dharma Door doesn’t exist. This is something which I originally possessed. It’s just teaching me about my wholesomeness and compassion.” In other words, although you are doing wholesome deeds, that is what your inherent nature originally strives to do. It’s not something imposed by others. In other words, currently, when Master is teaching you to practise Buddhism and cultivate your mind, it is something that you were destined to possess and do in the first place. So Master hasn’t given you anything more to your life. That’s because you originally possessed a great deal of wholesomeness. That’s what ‘Not acting is like nothing has begun’ and ‘the Dharma door of No-birth’ means.
Next, is the line ‘Although acting while not acting’. It could also be interpreted as cultivating while not acting. What does it mean? In other words, everything that we do is empty and illusionary. It’s the same as not doing it. Master asks you, when you pass away, you can’t take away your clothes, property and everything else. So isn’t it the same as not possessing them in the first place? No matter how beautiful your wife is, when you pass away, you can’t take her away. No matter how much money you have, you can’t take it away. So isn’t it the same as not owning it in the first place? Let’s assume that you own a factory. When you plan to retire, you have to sell it. Then, do you still own it? Master knows many wealthy businessmen. In the past, they were very rich. But when they died, what do they have now? ‘Athough acting while not acting’. The act itself is a Dharma door of No-birth. What did we do? The Dharma door of No-birth. Does this Dharma door exist? For example, we are currently learning Buddhism properly. But after we have learnt it all, it’s over. So this Dharma door doesn’t exist for you anymore. Isn’t that right? Master asks you, now that you have graduated from university and have started to work in your job, does your primary or secondary school still have meaning to you? It’s over now, isn’t that right? The principle is that simple.
What does the ‘Receiving-Body’ refer to? The ‘Receiving Body’ encompasses the body created by the false combination of the five aggregates. In other words, our body is a false combination of the five aggregates. It is empty. Our body is fake. When a person passes away, what is left of them? Their body is placed inside a coffin and buried deep into the soil. Then after a few hundred, a few thousand years, hasn’t it all decayed or mummified? Think about it, what do humans have? Why do we place so much attention on our fake bodies? Why do we offer so much for the sake of our fake bodies? Why can’t we do more for the only real thing that we have - our spirit?
That’s why when the Bodhisattvas awaken other sentient beings spiritually, the Dharma door they offer is the Dharma door of No-Birth. To them, whichever Dharma door is the one that you are destined to encounter is the one they offer. This Dharma door wasn’t born or created. It was something that you originally possessed. When Master expounds the Buddha-Dharma to you, you’ll have a thorough understanding of it. Then that Dharma door belongs to you. For example, you already have everything in your house. But you didn’t know where to find something. Master came around and told you that he knew where you could find it in your house. “That thing you’re looking for is in the cabinet at the back of your kitchen.” When you looked there, you found it. That meant that it originally belonged to you, not Master’s. Your conscience and inherent nature are very kind. You are all Bodhisattvas. You should regularly stir up your inherent nature. Then you will quickly possess the things that you already have.
‘The Receiving-Body manifests’. In other words, the current body that we use for cultivating has a receiving-body in the three upper realms. What does it mean? In other words, now that you are a cultivator, if you don’t have a physical body to receive all the karmic retribution, how could you repay your karmic debts? For example, if you had a quarrel with your neighbour and you hit their child. They become hateful towards you. If you don’t have a physical body and you only say, “Sorry that I hit your child,” they will not be satisfied. They would want to find your body to hit you back and have revenge. That’s why when your body gets hit, it is the receiving-body. It has received karmic retribution. If they didn’t get to hit your body, they will not be satisfied or feel relieved from just scolding you back. Do you understand? You have to understand; the Bodhisattvas can’t rely on just a single Dharma-body to awaken sentient beings spiritually. They must also have a rceceiving-body. The Dharma-body is your bright and clear mind, your bright and illuminating body. In other words, it is a kind of formless body that you use to make an impression. That is your Dharma-body. If you simply used a formless body to come to the Human Realm to receive karmic retribution and spiritually awaken others, that is not possible. You must have a receiving-body. When you suffer, work hard or be bullied by others, you must have a receiving-body to experience it all. Otherwise, you will never be able to repay your karmic debts.
Cultivation is about cultivating one’s inherent nature. What is one’s inherent nature? It is one that is in accordance with the heavens and nature. If you are someone who has a stubborn temperament, where you’re not willing to listen to others and always argue back, are you someone who is in accordance with the heavens? Or with nature? What does acting in accordance with nature mean? It means acceptance. It is what it is. If you encountered misfortune today, then you accept that it is what it is. If it rained today and you got wet, it is what it is. If your spouse scolded you today, it is what it is; who else could you blame for your mistake? Who could you blame for the negative karmic affinity that you have? That is to act in accordance with nature. That way, you won’t feel frustrated, and you won’t harbour resentment towards others. If you are resentful and continue to make mistakes, you become foolish. Think about it, how many people out there have unsuccessful love relationships? Some of them resort to threats or violence when they break up. These are foolish people. That’s why one must act in accordance with nature.