How Can I be Free of the Self?
Q: How do we control our minds in the six sense experiences? What kind
of Dharma-door is the most effective for laypeople, who are exposed to so many
attractions in society?
A: The Dharma-door is that you must have determination and gusts, and say "I
Will not be tempted. No matter what comes up, I shall not move. ” There
isn’t any special Dharma-door. Nor is there any mantra can help you not
be moved by external states. There isn’t any Sutra that can hold your mind,
which is as wild as a horse or gibbon. You must still apply effort on your own
and make your own resolve. Everything is made from the mind alone. If your
mind does not want to be moved by external states, no one will be able to move
Q: This disciple thinks the appearance of the self is heavy and the attachment
to the self is deep. How can I be free of the self?
A: To be free of the self, one must first be free of others. When there are no
others, naturally there is no self. Once there are no others and self, you must
have no living beings and no lifespan, too. You must understand that the self,
the “I,” is only a name, so are others, living beings and lifespan. They are all
names. Don’t be confused by names. The true self isn’t this; it is the inherent
Buddha Nature. Why do you forget about the Buddha Nature, only
remembering the false self, the false name and the false meaning? If you think
of the true, the false self will naturally be gone. Although you are intelligent, if
you are can forget the false self and find the ture one, then you are really wise!