You object to my saying you
are stupid? If you weren’t stupid, then why, once you’ve received the
precepts, would you then break them? If you aren’t stupid, then why do
you want to do things that you should not do? Just because of craving
and desire. You can’t see through love and you can’t put down desire,
and so you aren’t at ease.
In this world, there is
wealth on the one hand, and sex on the other. These two harm many
people who cultivate the Way. If people who cultivate the Way cannot
renounce wealth, they will be greedy for it. If they cannot renounce
sex, they will be greedy for sex. If you are greedy for wealth and sex,
you cannot accomplish your work in the Way.
When people cultivate the
Way, they certainly should not indulge in any scattered thinking or
false thoughts. If you have false and scattered thoughts, as well as
greed, hatred, and stupidity filling up your belly, then you certainly
aren’t going to obtain a response, no matter what Dharma-door you
When we cultivate, what is it
that we cultivate? We cultivate to get rid of false thoughts and
thoughts of desire. That is real skill.
Why do people worry and feel
afraid? Simply because they have love and desire. If we can put an end
to love and desire, then we will not have any worries or fears.
If you cultivate the Way, but
do not understand it, then on the one hand you cultivate, but on the
other hand you lose your cultivation. You’re advised not to hold onto
any love and desire, but your love and desire keep on increasing! From
morning to night, people think about such unclean things as love and
desire. They become entangled, so that no matter what they think about,
it’s really only variations on that one theme. The water of wisdom
becomes turbid in their minds; their wisdom disappears. You cultivate
day in and day out, but you don’t realize the fruition, and you don’t
see the Way. Why? Because you have thoughts of love and desire. If you
didn’t have thoughts of love and desire, you would be able to see the
People who cultivate the Way
should stay away from desire. You should keep your distance from it.
You should see as if not seeing, hear as if not hearing.
The eyes contemplate shapes and
forms, but inside there is nothing.
The ears hear the world’s sounds, but the mind is not aware of them.
When you reach that point, there
is no need to practice keeping your distance. If you can be around
sense objects all the time without any problem, then it is all right.
But if you can’t handle that, then you should practice keeping your
Ultimately, what meaning is
there in the love between men and women? No matter how perfect a person
may be on the surface, inside there are all kinds of filth. Urine and
excrement collect inside, and the nine apertures constantly flow with
impurities. Matter comes out from the eyes, wax from the ears, mucus
from the nose, and saliva from the mouth. Then there is urine and
excrement. Which of these substances is pure and clean?
That “makes the Way difficult
to obtain.” By seeking outside, they will not understand the Way, nor
will they be able to encounter it. Since they won’t encounter it, even
less will they understand the Way. The longer they run, the farther
away they will get.
Ignorance is represented by a
dark room. If we have wisdom, the dark room will become bright.
All people can accomplish the
Way; everyone is potentially a vessel that can hold the Way. But if you
don’t get rid of your mental defilements, you can’t hold the Way. You
can’t accomplish the Way.
Although sexual desire is the
greatest defilement, there are others. Greed, hatred, stupidity, pride,
and doubt are all defilements in your mind. You should get rid of them,
and then you will have a response in your
cultivation of the Way. You will be able to return to the source, go
back to the origin, and regain your
inherent, pure mind.
For example, some of you say
you want to leave the home-life. If you want to leave home, then go
ahead and leave home. Why simply talk about it? You’re still just
talking about it because you haven’t really made the resolve to leave
home. You are just singing a tune.
Cultivators should hear the
Dharma and then contemplate it, contemplate the Dharma and then
cultivate it, cultivate the Dharma and then realize it. Cultivators
should not only be able to discuss or to listen to the
Buddhadharma, they should also able to put it into practice. It only
counts when you actually go and do it.
If we have offenses and don’t
change them, then the offenses always remain with us. If we can reform
and make a fresh start, then the offenses disappear.
If you regard the myriad
events and things as good, then they are good; and if you regard them
as bad, then they will be just as you think of them. Everything is just
a manifestation of your mind. Things come forth as a revelation of your
true mind. So you shouldn’t be deluded by what is false and illusory.
All outer appearances are false and illusory. Only your fundamental
nature is true. Don’t be attached to the false and forget about the