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.
Many married couples usually say this when they get into an argument, “I’ll pretend that he doesn’t exist. He does what he wants, and I’ll do what I want.” Although it doesn’t sound good, it’s actually a viable method. In other words, ignore the person who’s irritating you. Don’t have any expectations of them, and that way, you won’t be disappointed. If you have expectations of your husband and think that he should be this and that, then all it will have is give you disappointment. Why are you using the term ‘should’? You think that because he’s your child and you went through so many hardships to raise him, he should treat you like this and that? In reality, when you become old and lying in bed, what can you do? When you die, then what? He’ll immediately inherit your things.
Whether you are here or not doesn’t make any difference. If you think like this after learning Buddhism, then you wouldn’t have any expectations for anything, and you would live quite well. What could you hope him accomplish? The more a mother treats her child well, the more the child will demand of her. That’s called pampering. If you put him to one side and not showing too much concern for him, then he’ll do his own thing. People are like that, don’t have too many expectations on anyone. Master’s attitude towards his disciples is like that; he won’t expect too much out of them. If they’re willing to perform meritorious deeds, then that’s great, if not, then Master won’t plead them. Everybody is fighting to do meritorious deeds.
When Master made his vow in front of Guan Yin Bodhisattva, he has already offered his life to the Bodhisattvas and all sentient beings around the world who have a karmic affinity with him. When he started his journey, Guan Yin Bodhisattva cares deeply for him. The Chairman of the Buddhist Association of New South Wales has met with him, what did that imply? It implied that Master is rightfully propagating Buddhism around the world, and has spread this great Dharma door to India, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia. Take note; only when you can communicate with others on a spiritual level, then you have truly communicated. If you only communicated with others by speaking, then it’s just communication on a physical level.
Why do many people commit suicide? Why do many people get angry when they’re scolded at? It’s because of the ‘ego’, and their self-esteem exists. Master expounds that anybody who has self-esteem will also have an inferiority complex. Where does their self-esteem come from? It’s because the more they feel inferior compared to others, the greater the drive to gain other’s respect and so their self-esteem inflates. If one is enlightened about the ‘non-self’, in other words, they see that when one doesn’t exist in this world, then the feeling of self-respect and inferiority don’t exist. So what’s so hard about forbearing? Even the feeling of forbearing is gone, you become indifferent. It is this state of mind that’s called the ‘non-attaching mind’. There’s no room in one’s mind to be attached to anything. There’s no hatred, foolishness or desires; there’s nothing. That’s the Bodhisattva’s level of spirituality. Yet the shortcoming of humans is that they have an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance.
‘Non-attaching’ is the same as ‘non-gaining’. There’s nothing to be gained or not gained. The concept of ‘Non-gaining’ is written in the ‘Heart Sutra’ where the lines say ‘No suffering, no origination, no cessation, no paths, no wisdom, and also nothing to attain.’ ‘Non-birth’ is the concept of the being where one was not born, and so is selfless, or absent of ego. Master expounds, the divine rank gained from forbearance is very high. It’s equivalent to the level of the Bodhisattva of the Eighth Ground. A person who is very good at forbearing, being patient, never getting angry and always smiling, is someone that possesses a very high level of spirituality. One must forbear and be able to mentally adjust themselves. People’s shortcoming is that they have a low level of tolerance. When they can’t tolerate, then they get triggered. You must restrain yourselves. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you can forbear. The same goes for young people. They must be at a certain level of spirituality before they can restrain themselves.
One must forbear. Even more so for Master, he must remain in the state of ‘Non-Birth Forbearance of Dharma’. You disciples are not treating him well and make mistakes. Although Master could forbear it, he has a responsibility to correct you. If you don’t change, then Master won’t care anymore. Even if you call him and try to explain yourself, he won’t care as he has let go of you. A person mustn’t regularly trigger their shortcomings like throwing your temper, acting insensibly, not forbearing and slacking. They don’t know how Master’s disciples should behave and stir up trouble, and make him worry. After a while, they apologise. This kind of disciple is already severely lacking in wisdom. They don’t know how to forbear, so they’ll never get to the Bodhisattva’s level of spirituality.
One must cultivate to a state of ‘Non-Birth Forbearance of Dharma’. People, in reality, have nothing to be attached to. In other words, everything can feel indifferent; everywhere is the same. Monks are like that when they travel around to different temples; they feel that anywhere is the same. Monks and nuns have let go of their families, and they can live anywhere they go. In reality, that is non-attachment; they don’t have a fixed place to live. Think about it: how many times do we change homes in our lifetime? You may be currently living where you’re living in, but you may move home in a short period. You may currently live in the Human Realm, but when you die, you’ll be living in a different realm.
Just like the TV, we are currently living on channel 7; if we die and go to a good place, then we might be transferred to channel 9 or 10. If we go to a bad place instead, we might be transferred to channel 2, But we’re still within the TV, unable to get out of it (samsara). To get out of it is not easy. Think about how many times a person has moved house, or married, or give birth to children. When it’s over, it’s over, so why be so attached to it? The past is the past, properly cultivate your mind and cherish the era we’re in and properly save others. If you can drift along with others today, then do so. Although it doesn’t sound right to call it ‘drifting’, but in the Buddha-Dharma, one can refer it to follow according to one’s karmic conditions. Your karmic conditions are as such so, so what could you do?
Master expounds a joke. There was once a farmer who went to the city for the first time of his life. There, he saw an elevator, but he didn’t know what it was. All he saw was when the door opened; an old lady entered into the small room. After a while, when the door reopened, a young lady came out. The farmer began to feel regretful. He wished that if he knew about it much earlier, then he would take his wife with him to go into the room. That is the suffering induced by one’s ignorance. When a person is ignorant and not knowing anything, that’s when he suffers.
When one becomes knowledgeable, then they won’t suffer anymore. Why is that after following Master and learning Buddhism, they become clear about many things and don’t suffer from it anymore? It’s because they understand the reasons. In the past, they were ignorant, and that’s why they suffered. “Why did they bully me? Why is it that when I treat them well, they treat me badly?” It’s because they haven’t thought of the fact that they had ruined them badly in the previous lifetime. On Master’s radio programme, there was a caller who had a foreign spirit in him who wasn’t willing to go away. That’s because it had a deep resentment for the caller, and it was adamant about ruining him. That’s why the manifestation of the karmic retribution isn’t fixed.
Master expounds another thing. In cultivation, the greater the merits that the person has cultivated, the greater the power of their inner-demons. You must beware and remain cautious of it. Why is it so? It’s because people who are more morally upright will encounter more obstacles and challenges. Let’s illustrate this with an example. If you’re just a normal worker, then nobody will be jealous of you. But if you were selected as a role model, then many people will envy you and give you problems. The greater the merits, the greater the obstructions. But if you overcome it, then your merits will become greater. In the past, when Master propagated the Dharma, people treated him ordinarily. But when his fame grew, it attracted a lot of jealousy from others.
In reality, this is a test. If you haven’t made any mental preparations, how could you cultivate your mind well? Do you stop spiritually awakening sentient beings when others scold or slander you? Master knows many people in associations. When he saw them, they said, “Thank you everybody, I will definitely do my best.” But they left after a week. Why? It’s because people talked about them behind their back. They couldn’t take the stress, and so they left. You must be able to withstand the test. When Master criticises you, he wants to see how you react. But then you leave, you have no merits. ‘There’s nothing to be gained’. Do you understand?
You must properly use your wisdom when practising Buddhism. When your mind is firm and unyielding to change, then it will manifest a halo of light. When you encounter your tests from your inner demons, as long as your faith is unwavering and you continue to follow Master in learning from his Dharma door, then you won’t be interfered by it. Instead, you will develop a halo of light. The greater one’s merits, the greater their inner demons. You must be cautious and have unwavering faith. That’s why no matter how great one’s hardships are, we must not retreat. We must forbear and remain confident. For both diligent and lazy people, those who forbear can also achieve success. Forbearance is about persevering, enduring and being patient to achieve one’s goals.
But in reality, forbearing can also be a very simple thing to do. If you can forbear with a moment, then the source of stress will pass. For example, if your husband is scolding at you, if you grit your teeth and don’t argue back, when he finishes scolding at you, it’s all over. Everything in this world will eventually pass. People will eventually die, what’s there to be stubborn about? The Bodhisattva’s state of ‘No-birth Forbearance of Dharma’ is the highest level of spirituality, it’s already on the level of a Bodhisattva of the Eighth Ground. “If you treat me badly, I don’t feel like wanting to forbear nor the need to forbear, I won’t get angry.” That’s already the level of a Bodhisattva. Everybody bears the consequences of their actions. Currently, many people around the world wishes that Master remains in good health. It’s because as long as Master remains, they will remain blessed. Master must leave more books and literary works for everybody, that is to sow wholesome karmic deeds. Then when Master’s in good health, he can fulfil his vow to save all sentient beings in the world who has a karmic affinity with him. That’s to gain the wholesome karmic consequence.
You must know a principle when you want to take care of Master. It’s not that Master needs you to take care of him, he has already vowed to sacrifice himself to save others much earlier on. Master’s spirit and mortal body already belong to the Bodhisattvas; he doesn’t have a shred of anything that’s his. Master is happy when he’s saving and spiritually awakening sentient beings. If you want to take care of Master, you should help him propagate the Dharma more effectively. You must understand this. Even if Master feels afflicted, that’s because everybody has so much negative karma, and it’s very tiresome for Master to bear with it. Even the monks in the temples regularly receive a lot of negative energy from others. When they perform spiritual ascension ceremonies, they’ve been paid by the client. If the spirit can’t go away, then it will trouble the monks. That’s why they’re very pitiful. But now, many temples are offering Little Houses.
In the Shaolin Temple, there’s a venerable monk who has their divine eye awakened. He has a close relationship with one of Master’s Buddhist followers. This Buddhist follower is a professor at Beijing University. After she offered Little Houses to her family, Master saw that they’ve already transcended to the Western Pure Lands. This venerable monk also saw that her family had transcended to the Western Pure Lands. This venerable monk didn’t know about Master’s Little Houses at the time. One of the Three Western Sages is Guan Yin Bodhisattva. If you follow Her, how could you not go to the Western Pure Lands? You must understand and properly cultivate. Do you know what Master thinks?
He feels ashamed. Although he’s very happy that you believe in Master and such a great Dharma door, but there are still many people who don’t know about it. He doesn’t wish that any person who follows and propagates the Dharma with him leaves the team. And they should get more people to learn Guan Yin Citta, and liberate themselves from the suffering of the Human Realm. You will never understand the Bodhisattvas. What Master is telling you comes from his heart. He wishes that you will properly cultivate. Your journey is still long. The children in the youth team must make more effort and come to the radio station every day. Everybody should give them some encouragement and support and properly cultivate with them. One must be sincere in practising Buddhism.