Whether one is a left-home or lay student of Buddhism, one should not use greed and contention to study Buddhism. Nor should he study Buddhism with a mind of seeking outside, or with a selfish or self-benefitting mind. Nor should he tell lies. He shouldn't think, "I'm endowed with worldly knowledge and eloquence, and I can speak so wonderfully that heavenly flowers fall in profusion and golden lotuses well forth from the ground." That's useless. One must actually put the teaching into practice.
"Everything is a test, to see what you will do. If you don't recognize what's before your face, you'll have to start anew." You all know this! Yet when the test comes, we usually fail to pass.
Why can't we pass the test? Because we have a bad temper, ignorance, and attachments.
If we can get rid of our ignorance, bad temper, and desires, then we will all be able to pass. If you fail, don't be discouraged; just keep trying.
"Simple explanations and detailed descriptions all express the non-dual principle."
Straightforward people want to listen to what is simple; sophisticated people want to listen what is detailed. Simple and detailed words all express the non-dual principle.
If you understand, then they express the non-dual principle;
if you don't understand, then who knows what kind of principle they express.
The ancients said it well: Heaven and Earth cannot exist for a day without harmony.
Heaven and Earth are not to be in disharmony for even one day.
Each one of us is a small heaven; Heaven is a big heaven.
Heaven and Earth should be in harmony, and people should be in harmony even more.
I don't belong to the Small Vehicle (Hinayana), and I don't belong to the Great Vehicle (Mahayana).
I have no Vehicle at all. Basically, there isn't any Great Vehicle or Small Vehicle.
There isn't anything at all. These are all just the discriminations that people make,
categorizing it into the great and the small and creating different sects.
If one cannot cut off love and desire, and fails to see through emotional love,
then one will never have any accomplishment in cultivation.
A cultivator of the Way should not do as he pleases. He should not be casual and perfunctory.
Nor should he refuse to listen when he is instructed.
If one wishes to be a good person, one must first be without afflictions, temper, and ignorance.
If you are fighting, greedy, seeking, selfish, pursuing personal benefit, or lying,
then you will never be in accord with the Buddhadharma.
When you lose your temper, it's equivalent to an atomic bomb, hydrogen bomb, or laser beam going off. It's the most deadly invisible weapon.
It kills others invisibly, destroying not only their physical bodies, but also their souls.
"One who subdues others by force does not win their hearts. One who subdues others with virtue wins their joyful and sincere admiration."
We should not use force to fight with people at any time or place.
We should apply virtue, ethics and conscience in our conduct.
If a person simply fights with others, then he is using force and power to win their admiration,
but they will never come to admire him.