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.
When everyone is together, all it takes is one or two people being irritating and everybody’s mood is ruined. That’s why people who cultivate and practise Buddhism must thoroughly change themselves from within their mind. If one still has lingering distracting thoughts, they would never get Dharma bliss. It’s because they only know how to pick other people’s flaws and criticise others. These people live very tiresomely. When you follow Master to learn about things, what are you learning? You’re learning how to see the other people as someone good, and that this world doesn’t have evil people, everything is just cause and effect. If you currently see other people as evil, then Master can tell you that you’re the one who’s evil. Master dislikes you talking about how that person is bad and this person is bad. You can say anything else, but you can't go and badmouth others. Every one of you should listen closely. If there’s anyone around you who’s badmouthing others, then that person is bad.
As a cultivator, one must be kind-hearted and hardworking. Master can see who is diligently performing meritorious deeds clearly. When a person learns and practises Buddhism, then they are learning how to be a morally upright person. When one perfects oneself as a person, one can become a Buddha. What is Buddha? It’s to make you gradually behave like a Buddha or Bodhisattva. Buddha is the teacher who teaches us how to perfect ourselves. When you are perfect, you’re a Buddha. If you can’t even behave like a proper human being, how could you cultivate your mind? From today onwards, you must do your best to change. Even when it's your one of your family like your husband, wife, or child, try not to badmouth them. If you really want to speak your mind, what should you say? “Oh, they have improved, but they still have a slight shortcoming, I should help them.” There is no dignity in the practice of Buddhism; practising Buddhism is about letting go of one’s pride and view oneself as that of an ordinary person. No matter who it is, as long as you’re a Buddhist, we are all the same.
You can see for yourself. How many of Master’s disciples badmouth others behind their backs? How many of them aren’t willing to come out and do things? How many of them don’t put the effort in propagating the Dharma? Think about how easy it is to compliment or slander others. That’s what it means to cultivate one’s mind. Master expounds that regardless of your circumstances, whether it is having dinner or working, all of it is a karmic affinity. To be able to be with each other, that is also a karmic affinity. On Master’s blog, there was a netizen who said that her sister-in-law contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion, and her father works very hard at his job and is a very frugal person. Yet he took out a few thousand Chinese yuan to perform life liberation, that wasn’t an easy decision for him to make, but he did so because he has a karmic affinity with us. Compassion is very important, and one must have it. You must make people feel that love is everywhere around us. Many people cried after reading what this netizen wrote. They were upset and also developed a sense of compassion.
Master is very clear about what he said; every action or cause will create a corresponding response or effect. Every effect has a cause. Nobody can escape from karma. Master wants you to start from changing yourself. Regardless whether you’re a disciple, a visitor, or a volunteer worker, if you don’t change your shortcomings, Master will be very unhappy about you. You must thoroughly change. Whoever dares to badmouth others behind their backs, then they have not properly cultivated. Master hopes that you don’t falsely cultivate. If you follow Master properly, you will cultivate properly. If you cultivate falsely, then you will eventually leave him. It’s all a karmic consequence. Those who cultivate well will receive greater karmic rewards, and so they will be more diligent. Those who don’t cultivate properly will only get worse and lose motivation. Those who do deeds of verbal misconduct regularly will be the ones to fall. Master is not joking, didn’t he mention this before? Why do people stutter when they speak? It’s because they scolded at others and badmouthed others in their previous life. Think about it, if one can’t articulate themselves clearly, is this karmic consequence considered minor? You must properly cultivate.
Master loves you; he is also watching you all performing meritorious deeds. Many people do it naturally and work very hard. He knows about it. There are also those who don’t perform meritorious deeds, do you think that Master doesn’t know? Don’t use the Buddha-Dharma to fool around; otherwise, you won’t even know it when something happens to you. The orthodox Dharma is the orthodox Dharma. If you feel lost and unwilling to do wholesome deeds, the resultant karmic consequence will be like the shadow that follows the form.
You must hurry up and make the best use of your time. Just look at how many calamities happening around the world with so many deaths and casualties as a result. Recently, 13,000,000 people were affected by the natural disaster in China. You should use your actions to verify your cultivation. Learn to be hardworking; physical labour is actually very good at training one’s determination in cultivating. Why do many temples allow people to work there physically? That’s the reason. Master has made it clear that he will definitely protect disciples who are good. One must prioritise in helping good people, not bad people. One should start cultivating by cultivating their mouths and thoughts. You must know that when you no longer compare your life with others, that's when you can truly enjoy your life. You can say that you’re already living inside a big house and you want to compare yourself with people who live in bigger houses. You aren’t truly living that way; you are only making your desires grow. Everything is fake and illusionary. You may own this property today, but you may sell it tomorrow. Everything is fake; only your heart-mind is real. That’s why Master has very high and strict standards for his disciples.
You have only one path when you follow Master, and that is to properly cultivate and learn. If you don’t, and still act selfishly and want to say what you want to say and do what you want to do, then you won’t receive any wholesome karmic rewards. If others cultivate while you don’t, you will be sifted out by society and your Buddha-nature. If you keep searching for shortcomings in other people, while others continue to improve by cultivation, then you will be left out. If your husband gets better the more he cultivates while you don’t, then you’ll be sifted out. Why is it that your body aches all over while he doesn’t? That person originally has cancer, but how did they get better? Why did he die while she continued to live? That’s the karma from cultivation. If a person doesn’t know about cultivating one’s behaviour and mind, then they are unawakened. Cultivation of the mind is done for the sake of cultivating one’s behaviour and vice versa. It’s useless, no matter how one pretends. Take note; you must properly cultivate. Master allows you to make mistakes, but if you aren’t willing to change, then he’ll be unhappy about it. If you follow Master’s teachings, he will make you get better. Guan Yin Bodhisattva will care about you, and you won’t encounter any calamities. If you don’t cultivate, then you will only follow your destiny.
Power and influence are like shackles, and affluence is like a drifting cloud. If you have influence, then it’s like you have shackled up your ego. If you have wealth, then as time passes, it will go away and disappear like the clouds. When you have decided to follow Master to learn and practise Buddhism, it means you have developed a sense of compassion. It’s something that’s brought forth from within your mind. It doesn’t matter if there are a lot of things to do or not; Buddhists should behave like Bodhisattvas and strive to do it all. Master respects these people. If something only knows how to talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, then it’s useless. A common shortcoming of a person is their tongue. What they should be cultivating is their tongue. One must properly cultivate. Master’s aura is currently very pure, and can’t tolerate even a little defilement. That’s why he rather cast off anything that’s defiled. Master expounds that real things require real and sincere energy to cultivate it. Only with sincerity could you cultivate well. If you don’t have sincerity, you won’t gain the real Buddha-Dharma. You won’t be able to cultivate the essence within you, and you have wasted your time and efforts. You’ll also lose the purest thing in this world.
In the Guan Yin Temple, the Heavens are aware of what you’re doing. Only ignorant people aren’t afraid. Just like those who are ignorant of the law, they don’t know that they could get prosecuted. Do you see Zhoucang Bodhisattva beside Guandi Bodhisattva? Look at his eyes. Reflect on it, Zhoucang Bodhisattva is also a Dharma protector. Stare into his eyes for a minute and see if you’re afraid. If you’ve done any bad deeds, you will definitely be afraid. That’s why Master has told everybody not to badmouth anybody else. You should monitor each other, if there’s anybody saying malicious things about others, then that person is uncultivated. Master has said clearly to his disciples that they must be loving and helpful to each other, then Master will truly like them.
Master expounds that you must set high standards for yourself and properly listen to Master when he teaches the Buddha-Dharma and properly cultivates. Everybody wants to properly cultivate so that they can change their destiny and luck instantly. Why do some people have their prayers fulfilled when they recite sutras while others don’t? The main difference is sincerity. If you can sit quietly while listening to class, then it means you have good concentration. The Buddha-Dharma has expounded about precepts, concentration and wisdom. If you can concentrate, then you have wisdom. If you can’t, then you lack wisdom. When Master talks about some common shortcomings of a person, some people will take it personally and feel that Master is talking about them. It doesn’t matter if you do, but you must feel ashamed and have thoughts like, “I must properly cultivate myself so I can concentrate.”