V 3-14 Wondrous Eloquence and Wondrous Dharma – Enlightenment through the Wondrous Mind
Updated: Aug 29, 2019
Disclaimer: My translations are not official nor endorsed by 2OR, so please just treat it as a ‘fan-based’ translation based on my understanding of his teachings. 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】. I am not an enlightened being like Master Lu, but I will treat his teachings with my utmost respect and do my best to convey and translate it to the best of my (limited) abilities for my friends and people who can’t read Chinese. Please enjoy, and I hope it serves as a good filler until the official English version comes out.
The reason we learn Buddhism is to allow our energy to flow smoothly. To make our positive energy become even better and change our negative energy positive, we call this regulation of energy. That’s why if one can make the energy flow of the body and mind unchanging; then they’re Bodhisattvas. In other words, when your body is in good condition, and your mind is clear, then your energy flow overall is clear and smooth. Only when you’re in this state could you truly understand principles and won’t get angry. It’s because this world is fake. For example, your boyfriend broke up with you; you understand that the fate of your relationship is at its end, that’s why you’ve done something unfair to him, and he has done something unfair to you. So you decide to let it go. Then your energy flow will become smooth, and your mind becomes clear. Once your mind is clear, then you can resolve this situation. If you remained angry and upset at him, then it means your energy flow isn’t smooth. Do you understand?
That isn’t awakenment. Awakenment refers to situations like when you have lost money; you would think, “Maybe even if I didn’t lose it that way, maybe it’ll be fined,” chuckle and then take it in a light-hearted fashion. This way, your energy flow will be smooth. Many people get upset and wonder why there are people who have wealth constantly throughout their lifetime, why there are people who constantly live for the sake of relationships or for the sake of eating good food. The reason why you have so many questions is that your reasoning abilities are clouded. There’s a saying that ‘The more you try to settle, the more complicated it becomes’. In other words, no matter what happens and what you encounter, if you ignore it, then the situation will pass. But the more you try to settle it, the more complicated it becomes that would make you more upset. That is the behaviour of un-awakenment. Once your mind is clear, your energy flow will be smooth, and this situation is resolved.
Feelingly-Realisation occurs and is improved in levels. In other words, your feelingly-realisation and the feelings that you experience increases in levels until finally, your feelings are completely unchanging. For example, when we began praying to Guan Yin Bodhisattva, Guan Yin Bodhisattva showed concern towards you for a moment, but then after a period of recitations, you no longer feel that it’s efficacious and you begin to doubt that the Bodhisattvas are no longer concerned about you. Then as you continue to recite, you would awaken to the fact that perhaps it’s not that Guan Yin Bodhisattva is not helping you, but it’s because your karmic obstructions are too severe. So you then continue to recite with a still mind until after a certain period, you’ve become purer, so you become smoother-sailing. Then you wonder, “Oh, Guan Yin Bodhisattva is helping me again.” It’s not ‘again’, He’s been helping you constantly. When you were suffering hardships, Guan Yin Bodhisattva helped you eliminate a calamity, but it’s just that you didn’t feel that the Bodhisattva’s power existed. Here’s another example, when you have to push your car across the bridge because it broke down, your energy has already been exhausted. Even if somebody had helped you push the car, you could no longer feel that somebody is using their strength to help you. Just like when Guan Yin Bodhisattva just helped you, you had no feeling. In China, don’t we have a three-wheeled car?
When you’re pulling the car up a slope, then suddenly somebody came and helped you push the car from the back, you would feel that it got slightly easier. This is like Guan Yin Bodhisattva first helping you and you felt it, that is the first level of feelingly-realisation. You become thankful for the person who helped you push the car. Then eventually, you would feel that the helper is not using any energy, that’s because the slope is getting higher and you’re becoming exhausted. When somebody is helping you, you don’t feel that they’re helping you at all, this is your second level of feelingly-realisation. When you finally reach the peak, then it means you cultivation is successful. Then at this moment, according to the circumstances, Guan Yin Bodhisattva gave you slightly more blessing, then the car is easily moved down the slope. Now you understand? That is Buddhism in plain terms. This is when you can feel and feelingly-realise the Bodhisattvas. This is a very important feeling, and it gets deeper at different levels until finally, everything changes. In other words, your faith towards the Bodhisattvas becomes absolute. “I believe that Guan Yin Bodhisattva will save me; there are no other kinds of thoughts that can change me.” At that moment, it means you’ve attained feelingly-realisation.
If you integrate your completely unchanging feelings with the theories of Buddhism, then you’ll clearly understand that the Bodhisattvas are currently saving you. When you recite sutras and could feel the Bodhisattva’s limitless merciful love towards you, then you should learn a bit more Buddhist theories at this stage. Many people may ask, “Master, don’t you refrain us from learning about Buddhist theories? Then how do I learn about Buddhist theories?” Think about it, isn’t Master teaching you about Buddhist theories? You must integrate those theories into your daily lives. Awakenment-to-Way is when you have realised to the point where you will not easily change, that is Awakenment-to-Way. When your thoughts regularly fluctuate, you can’t call it an Awakenment-to-Way. True Awakenment-to-Way is when you believe in Guan Yin Bodhisattva; you feel that He is good, so your faith is firm, you feel that the Buddha-Dharma will benefit you for your whole life so you will constantly cultivate it until death. That is awakenment.
Master will now elaborate on what I missed previously, ‘perfection through wondrous practises’. If you could perceive that everything and all things that occur in this world are perfect, then you are enlightened. The Bodhisattvas have explained thoroughly with these few words – if you perceive everything is perfect, then you are enlightened. For example, if you were robbed today, originally you should be upset and sad, but you possess perfect-realisation, so you use a positive and enlightening thought process to perceive and experience the situation. You would feel, “Oh, it’s my bad. I must be showing off too much that’s why I attracted this incident to occur and I didn’t lock the door properly. Maybe this person has a negative karmic affinity with me in my previous life. I’ll just treat it as paying money to resolve a calamity.” When you think like that, haven’t you made the situation seem normal? Once everything’s fine, then it means you’ve realised, and you won’t get angry.
What is ‘enlightenment through the wondrous mind’? It’s to use your wondrous mind to create more wondrous things and change many things to resolve problems, that is wondrous dharma. For example, your wife isn’t good and has a habit of gambling, so you use a method to make her understand that gambling is bad, so you possess a wondrous mind. When Guan Yin Bodhisattva come to the human realm to save and spiritually awaken sentient beings, He will occupy many people’s body to propagate the Dharma by sharing their experiences, that’s why it’s called wondrous mind. The mind is very wonderful; it is constantly altering and thinking of countless ways to spiritually awaken you. The 84,000 Dharma doors imply that there are 84,000 kinds of afflictions, and each affliction gives birth to a Dharma door. Because afflictions are countless and go up to tens of thousands, that’s why it gave birth to an uncountable number of wondrous Dharmas and Dharma doors, you understand? With this enlightening type of wondrous mind, no matter what situation you encounter, you will suddenly awaken to it and experience tranquil-illumination. When you are illuminated, your true level of spirituality will gradually appear.
When a person is calm, then they are like a flashlight torch. When adjusting the light, the light will scatter. Using the same example, you can adjust the light of the torch to focus on a single point. That is called tranquil-illumination. When you gather all the light to a single point, it will cause your level of spirituality to appear. If the light is scattered, no matter where you shine the light to, you will not see clearly. That’s why when your mind is focused on to a single point, your true level of spirituality will manifest itself. When you follow Guan Yin Bodhisattva, then you’ll truly reach the Buddha’s level of spirituality. That’s why to be in a state of tranquil-illumination is to become calm, then after reciting sutras, this kind of level of spirituality will regularly appear for you to see, but it’s not something that you can manifest yet. It’s because when people try to concentrate their mind into a single point, they may use different methods to facilitate it. Like meditation, where one may think too deeply and puzzle their mind about the problems, and when their attention is divided, they may become vulnerable to the occupation of foreign spirits and then become possessed by their inner demon. That’s why to enter a state of tranquil-illumination is even harder. Please take note that you must never be reckless. When you feel like you’ve become possessed and can’t control yourself, Master tells you that even Bodhisattvas are unable to save you.
The desires of the human realm pervade everywhere. Today, you want this; tomorrow, you want that, it’s like the dark clouds that drift in the sky constantly and blocking the light. In other words, when a person’s desire pervades them, and they’re constantly in a state of pursuing something, it means their desires are endless. It’s like the foul stench that continues to emanate from the body. It’s impossible for you to transcend like that; in other words, you will not be able to reach the level of spirituality that you seek. If you can’t reach it, then it means you aren’t able to liberate yourself from life and death. If a person’s level of spirituality is low, they will never be able to go to the Western Pure Lands nor the four sagely realms. You can’t go up because you aren’t free. You must awaken to the principles of the spirituality of the mind. If your mind is easily swayed by the external environment, that is unacceptable. If you know about this shortcoming, you must understand that you must change your mind gradually. That’s why one must gradually take control of themselves and not let themselves change, you understand? One must cultivate gradually, and also, their verified-awakenment must reach the level of spirituality of a Buddha.
Following on, Master will continue to explain, if a person’s greed is too great, their intent will never be pure when they try to resolve something. Today, if you encounter a problem or are tasked to do something, if greed exists within you, then your mind is not pure. A lot of people who attend social events are greedy. Some people are tasked to make banners; some are tasked to organise tours; some are tasked to make printing materials. When they attend these social events, their primary intention is to make money. That’s why if a person possesses greed, they will never be pure. Master tells you that pessimistic people will develop into hatred. That’s because the reason why people are pessimistic is because their mind isn’t clear, so that it, in itself, will breed thoughts of resentment and hate. For example, if you weren’t allowed to do something, you might become dejected and think of thoughts like, “I’m useless, I hate you. So many people are rejecting me and they're not giving me a chance.” Then your resentment develops into hatred. That’s why take note that you must control yourself. No matter what happens, you mustn’t be pessimistic. That way, your thoughts of hate are reduced.