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.
What Buddhists are most afraid of is there’s nobody to rely on. In the past, when the venerable monks passed away, some of their disciples felt that there’s nobody to rely on anymore. There’s nobody who could teach them about the Buddha-Dharma to continue improving their cultivation, so they travel around looking for a suitable master. Cultivators must continue elevating their level of spirituality. If you don’t seek refuge in your inner Buddha, then you have nobody to rely on. If you want to find something to rely on, you must seek refuge in your inner Buddha.
When Gautama Buddha was born, he pointed up to the sky with his right hand, and he pointed down to the earth with his left hand. He said, “In all heavens above and the earth below, I am supreme.” Many people pondered, “Why did say that alone he was supreme when he was born. People didn’t know that he was the Buddha.” In fact, Gautama Buddha already possessed a clear mind and could see his inherent nature. He’s a Buddha, and when he arrived in the Human Realm, he was clear that he was a Buddha. He could see his Buddha-nature. That’s why he dared say that he was supreme. What he knew was not his mortal body of a child but his inherent nature. Master wants you to know about your inherent nature. If you know that your inherent nature is a Buddha, then you could also proudly say that you’re a Buddha. As long as you properly behave like a Buddha, then you are a Buddha; you are an enlightened being.
What Gautama Buddha referred to when he said, “I am supreme,” was his inherent nature, not his mortal body. What’s the Buddha-nature? The Buddha-nature is the original ‘self’, the one that radiant the Buddha’s light. The Buddha’s feeling of freedom comes from enlightenment. When you feel that that there’s nothing to be afraid of and the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas protect you, it means that you have found your true self. You have developed a kind of sense; you are an enlightened being. In reality, you have sought refuge in yourself. Many people are fearless. They just have faith that the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will take care of them and help them. “I am a kind-hearted person. I have never harmed others, so why should I be fearful? I already have a Buddha within me who I can rely on.”
When children go out of the house, and their parents tell them, “No matter what happens, give us a call, and we will definitely help you resolve it,” they would raise their chests because they have somebody to rely on. If the ones we rely on are the Buddhas, then no matter what happens, we have nothing to fear. That is to tell you, Buddhists should seek refuge in their inner Buddha. That way, they have nothing to fear.
You have to understand that when you seek refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, you seek refuge in your Buddha-nature, the one you have cultivated. That’s why seeking refuge in the Buddha-nature, the right Dharma and one’s inherent nature are likened to seeking refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha because they are the three treasures within you. You must adjust your temperament on the inside, while on the outside, you must be respectful towards other sentient beings. That’s because you haven’t discovered your inherent nature yet. That’s why by learning Buddhism, you are learning to adjust your mind so that your Buddha-nature manifests.
When you came to the Human Realm, you didn’t know what you were here for. When you leave the Human Realm, you don’t know where you will go. Why do people become sick? From foolishness comes love and attachment, and from it brings sickness. For Buddhists, we should have thoughts like, “If others are sick, we are also sick. The sickness of all sentient beings is also mine.” That’s because all sentient beings have caught the sickness of love and attachments. In the Saha world, life and death happen every second. We must learn from the Bodhisattva’s great compassionate and fearless spirit and not throw ourselves into the fiery pit of desires. There’s a fiery pit of desire all over the world. Even if we are born in the midst of despair, we must still save ourselves. What we depend on is our strong inherent nature and Buddha-nature to get out of our mental prison.
Many people don’t even want to try to save themselves, and they regularly have thoughts like, “I might as well just die. I don’t want to live anymore. I have no way to survive in this world.” If you don’t even want to save yourself, how could others save you? You must first want to save yourself, “I must live on. No matter how hard it gets, I must persevere.” If you have that mindset, the Bodhisattvas will save you. Why can’t the Bodhisattvas save those who commit suicide? It’s because those people have lost hope in life. The Bodhisattvas are very compassionate towards the sentient beings who are living in despair, and they can’t stop themselves from jumping into the sea of despair to save whoever they could. Those who were originally Bodhisattvas who vowed to return to the Human Realm have to face many hardships. When you were little, you may have heard about the story of Doctor Norman Bethune. He went to China and brought humanitarian aid, but in the end, he died. Think about it, which rescuer doesn’t face any risk? Which rescuer doesn’t have to put in the effort? Buddhists must let go of themselves, save others more often, gradually eliminate their habitual bad behaviour, and go and help others to awaken and become mentally and spiritually liberated.