Sweet Dew of Dharma
from the Grand Master
- The aim of meditation is to achieve stillness, purity, clarity and awakening of mind. When the mind has awakened, one is truly practicing the Way. The ancients have said, “Hundreds of great awakenings; thousands of small awakenings”. This denotes the progressive expansion of the mind and advances in the understanding of life and the universe.
- All sentient beings have the Buddha nature within. Therefore, besides cherishing our own life, we should also respect the lives of all sentient beings.
- To practice Buddhism is to learn from the Buddha, to emulate his purity of body, speech, and mind. When we have achieved the highest and most perfect standard in our cultivation, we will attain the Buddha’s compassion, wisdom, and samadhi power.
- The aim of practicing Buddhism is to free the mind from the influence of external circumstances and maintain peace and serenity within.
- To practice the bodhisattva way means that we act with a compassionate mind in every situation to benefit all sentient beings.
- The problems in the world are no other than suffering and joy. Suffering and joy are opposed and relative. Joy from stimulation of the senses is like clouds or smoke passing before our eyes; it is short-lived and empty. After experiencing joy, unending attachments and vexations follow. Only when we pacify the mind, when the mind is pure and serene, do we experience true joy.
- Practicing the Way, we must penetrate the nature of all things and learn to let go. This does not mean escaping from them; rather, it is using prajna wisdom and samadhi to pierce the veils of all worldly phenomena. Thus, the mind will not be swayed by the external world; thus, the agitation of the mind-water attains stillness.
- By treating all people with a mind of compassion, respect, and equality, we can share the brightness and joy of the Dharma with everyone. That is the bodhisattva way.
- “Enlighten the mind and see the true nature; seeing the true nature one becomes a Buddha.” This is equivalent to the “Amitabha Buddha” of the Pure Land School, which means infinite light and infinite life. Realizing this present-mind, one enjoys the same longevity as that of empty space. The empty space never perishes; neither will this mind, which is replete with infinite life, light, and wisdom.
- We should pursue a spiritual life. A mind of contentment and tranquility is the true blessing, prosperity, and happiness in life.
- “Bodhisattvas dread the cause. Mundane beings dread the retribution.” We should be true and down to earth in all our undertakings. Ask only how much we cultivate, not how much we shall harvest. Work diligently on the right causes, and then you will surely succeed. Conversely, success is unlikely if you aim too high but overlook the groundwork.
- The mind should be lucid and clear, neither thinking of the past, nor of the present, nor of the future; this present mind must always be in command and imperturbable. To abide in “this-mind” is what is called “to live in the present”.
- The bodhisattva is not just a kind of form or appearance, but is the pure intention to benefit all sentient beings.
- When we have developed a mind of compassion, our mind will be filled with harmony and brightness.