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.
Master tells you, everybody has predetermined karmic retribution waiting for us. When you encounter a crisis at the age of 39, and then another crisis at the age of 49, and it comes as though it’s coming in succession, isn’t it waiting for you? That’s your predetermined karmic retribution, the negative karma you accumulated in your previous life. If somebody claims that they don’t have any predetermined karmic retribution, it’s akin to saying that they won’t reincarnate and aren’t bound by the laws of cause and effect. So they won’t have any karmic affinities nor karmic retribution. Then that person is a liar. Why did Master word it as such? It’s to tell you if a person says that they don’t have a previous life, then they are a liar. If one doesn’t acknowledge the existence of a previous life and predetermined karmic retribution, then it’s the same as saying that karma or the laws of cause and effect doesn’t exist. And that violates the natural laws.
That’s why even Bodhisattvas are bound by their karma. When the Bodhisattvas descend to the Human Realm, aren’t they influenced by their karma? But it’s just that the Bodhisattvas aren’t afraid of karma and could take it head-on by treating whatever they face wholesomely. They could bear with it and remain patient. When a karma consequence happens, one must forbear with it. For example, if you have recently become a new father, you would have to forbear. You would have to repay more karmic debts because not only do you have a wife, but also a child now. So you must completely show your love and can’t act selfishly. You are now a servant; you don’t have a choice. You have a family now. If you live selfishly, then what awaits you is a mental breakdown.
The Bodhisattvas face their karma directly and try to resolve it with the condition of not creating new karma. When two people are unhappy with each other, that negative karma is sowed. If the two of them continue to feel this way and fight each other, this negative karma will continue. If one suddenly gets over it and admits that they’re wrong, and the other person also admits that they’re wrong, then the associated negative karma will no longer continue. Otherwise, you will continue to be unhappy about it, and what awaits you at the end of it is karmic retribution. Married couples are like so. If they’re constantly unhappy with each other, then they will eventually divorce. Isn’t that right? Everybody’s just realistic. If you treat me badly, why should I treat you well? You must understand this principle. If I treat you well, you will treat me well, and everybody’s well. If you say somebody is bad, would they treat you nicely?
Bodhisattvas will never create new karma and aim only to resolve their past karma. If you don’t write any new words on a piece of paper with a pencil and you continually erase all the old words with a piece of rubber, that piece of paper will eventually become blank again. If you continue to write on the paper while rubbing out all the things you wrote previously, then that piece of paper will stay the same or worse. That’s why it’s very important not to create new karma. Bodhisattvas are not the same as humans. Bodhisattvas don’t dare to create new karma, while humans constantly create new karma. That’s why even though the Bodhisattvas still experience their karma, but they don’t develop any future karma.
Master here tells you of a story. Once upon a time, there was a venerable monk who had cultivated to the stage where he knows about his past and future. He knows that in his current life, there are people who will kill him at a certain place and time. That is due to karma he had sowed in the previous life. Do you know why there were people who wanted to kill him? You will know later. This venerable monk knew that he couldn’t avoid this calamity. So not only did he not try to hide, he went to the exact location he foresaw that he would encounter this calamity at a village across the mountains. At that moment, he crossed paths with a group of wandering men who then attacked him by throwing stones at the monk. The monk was seriously injured, and after a while, the wandering men left. The monk let out a sigh of relief and was rescued by a kind-hearted passerby. The passerby asked him a few questions, and the monk told him about the situation. “Why are you so foolish? You clearly knew that you would encounter the calamity, and you might die, so why did you insist on triggering this karma?” The monk replied, “It’s because, in the past life, I had passed a decree that had caused a lot of people to die. Those people died because of me.”
Karma isn’t fake. You will experience the karmic consequence in your current life caused by what you had sowed in your past life. That’s why the monk said, “I know that if I don’t let them take their revenge on me in this life and there’s still so much unresolved grudges and resentment, then I will never be able to liberate from samsara.” Because the monk had already thought about it clearly, he’s indifferent about his current life and wanted to attain fruition in his cultivation to transcend life and death. But how could he do so if there’s still so much negative karma left? So he must repay his karmic debts. Just like loans, if you had borrowed a lot of money from the bank, you must repay it back with interest when you earn money. So if you never pay back the principal loan, you will never have money. So you might as well go all in, sell the house that you own to repay all the debts and then buy a new house with what’s left. The monk said, “If I don’t resolve this negative karma in this life, then I will never transcend. That’s why I’ve chosen this method to resolve it.”
Master tells you, when people argue, it creates karma. We mustn’t increase our karma; we must let go. We must cease all fighting. If you suffered, then accept it; you are eliminating your karma. If you don’t understand the meaning of experiencing hardships, then you will experience even more hardships in the future. If you suffered this time and feel resentful about it or felt that you’re at a loss, you will suffer more next time. This principle is easy to understand. It’s just like when you’re playing the slot machine. You’ve lost fifty dollars, so you feel at a loss. But you’re unwilling to let it slide and is determined to win it back. Then after a few rounds, you’ve lost one hundred dollars. But you still insist on wanting to win it all back and vow that if you win it all back, you won’t gamble again. Then you’ve lost one thousand dollars. One thousand dollars to you is a big sum to lose, so you must win it back, and you tell yourself that if you get it back, you’ll never gamble again. But then you lose ten thousand dollars. People must learn to eliminate their karma. Don’t continue to be so stubborn. All relationships that we have are from our karmic affinities. We are all like brothers and sisters. Don’t create new karma. The Bodhisattvas will never create new karma. Master wishes that you cherish your karmic affinities and you get away from suffering and attain happiness.
Master is happy that he explained so much and made many examples. Due to time constraints, he needs to stop here and immediately go out to propagate the Dharma. Time is tight. He’s still unwilling to abandon you. In reality, Master is regularly tired and stressed. Some people advised Master to take time off from lecturing, but he refused. Master isn’t doing this solely for your sake, but many people want to listen to his lectures, and he thinks about them. He wishes that you could behave like him. Don’t be fooled by his tough appearances, but he’s soft-hearted. He wishes that you will properly cultivate and don’t get in a huff. What’s bad about taking the initiative in admitting your mistakes? Why must you keep holding on to your flaws and shortcomings and be unwilling to let them go? It’s like holding on to your rubbish and let the stench cover up your body so others could smell it. Cultivation is about changing your shortcomings. If you can’t do that, how could you cultivate your mind? Many of you have followed Master in cultivating for a long time now, yet your face still looks sulky. Many of you still fight and are unhappy. Is that cultivation? You must change your flows. There’s no other way to cultivating your mind. Master had said, “Other than letting go is still to let go.”