我今天要講一點最要緊的法門給你們聽一聽。你們各位都歡喜吃蜜糖，是不是啊？那麼男的叫女的，就叫 honey，女的叫男的也叫 honey，因為歡喜吃那個東西。可是不知道這個蜜糖，你看著它是甜啊，那裡頭的毒啊，比什麼毒都厲害，可是那毒是慢性的，不是快的。現在科學家也沒發現蜜糖有毒，所以他們還照吃可也。那麼科學家、化學家都沒有發現，你說：「你怎麼知道的？」那你就不要問，你信就信，不信就不信。
The Master was born in Qiantang. His surname was Ding. He studied under the Venerable Cheng of Yunmen. He entered the hall and did not speak. He hoped others would uplift him and rend his confusion. Suddenly Master Yunmen entered the hall and loudly said, "Put it down!" The Master had an awakening. Master Yunmen asked, "Why is it that when the cow in Huaizhou eats grass, the horse in Yizhou gets full?" The Master said, "Go ask the pillar outside." Master Yunmen replied, "When the tree topples and the vine dries up, what will you say then?" The Master said, "The white-capped waves are billowing in the Yangtze River." Master Yunmen replied, "I suspect that 'you' still exist." The Master presented a verse which has a line saying, "I run into him everywhere, and I recognize him." Master Yunmen made fun of him. The Master brushed his sleeves and left, saying, "All the flowers have wilted and spring has come an end, so I'm taking this road home to listen to the birds sing." After that, he would sometimes enter samadhi for days at a time. At first he dwelt at Longmen, and later at Huashan. In the year of kuiwei of Emperor Chongzhen's reign, he inherited the Abbotship at Yunmen. Later he served as abbot at Zhenji and Fanshou monasteries. During the Ming Dynasty, he was the abbot of over ten great monasteries. He passed into stillness in the year of Yisi, and his complete body was placed in a stupa at Xiansheng Monastery of Yunmen.
This is a Patriarch of the 70th generation. He belongs to the Caodong Sect, and his name is Dhyana Master Sanyi Mingyu. Sanyi ("Three Abilities") refers to eating, wearing clothes, and sleeping. If you know how to eat, wear clothes, and sleep, then you are at ease. If you don't know how to do these three things, then from morning to night you are never at ease. You can't sleep, you can't eat your fill, and you can't decide what to wear. How frustrating! That's what the "three abilities" refer to--eating, wearing clothes, and sleeping. It means that when you eat, you should make the Three Recollections. The Three Recollections are also just the Three Abilities.
The Three Recollections: 1. I vow to cut off all evil. I eat so that I can live. What am I living for? To cut off all evil. 2. I vow to cultivate all good. 3. I vow to save all living beings.
We should understand these Three Recollections and Three Abilities.
The "yu" in Dhyana Master Mingyu's name means bowl, and "ming" means "to understand." If you don't understand how to use your bowl, you'll fill your bowl with so much food that you can't finish it all. If you are greedy, you'll put a lot of food in your bowl. If you try to eat less, then you don't get enough. That's also not "mingyu"--not understanding the function of the almsbowl, which is used to hold the proper amount of food. And so, there's a lot of learning involved. Eating is not such a simple matter. It involves a great deal of learning, as do wearing clothes and sleeping.
If you know how to sleep, then you can sleep soundly and peacefully. If you don't know how, then after you fall asleep, you may be pressed down by a ghost, or hit by people until you cry, or scolded until you lose your temper. These are all cases of not understanding how to sleep.
If you notice what tastes good when you eat, then you don't know how to eat. If you notice what doesn't have flavor, you also don't understand eating. If you are unaware of what has flavor and what doesn't, then you know how to eat. Do you understand? You thought there was nothing to life--just eating and wearing clothes--really simple, right? Actually, these things involve a lot of principle. If you are greedy for good flavors when you eat, it's easy to get sick.
Today I want to talk with you about the essential Dharma-door. You all like to eat honey, right? "Honey" is also a term of endearment that men use with women, and women use with men, since it's something people like to eat. However, although honey appears sweet, it's actually the most poisonous of poisons. The reason we don't realize it is because it's a slow-acting poison. Even scientists haven't figured out that honey is poisonous, so they still eat it.
"If the scientists and chemists haven't made this discovery, then how do you know it?" you ask. You don't have to ask. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.
Three hundred years after you eat the poisonous honey, the poison will affect your soul and you'll turn into a honeybee so you can make more poison. Actually, you don't properly turn into a bee until three thousand years later. Three hundred years after eating honey, you start having thoughts like: I want to go around collecting pollen from flowers so I can make honey and give people some of this slow-acting poison. Once people eat honey, they are bound to become bees. What are bees? They are asuras. You see a swarm of poison-loving asura bees. They love to fight. If you bump into them, they'll sting you until your face and arms swell up, and you get sick all over. If they weren't that way, why would your body swell up like that? The poison that causes the swelling is also found in their honey.
Let me tell you something you've never heard or realized before. The love between men and women also contains a poison more powerful than anything. For example, homosexuals are contracting an incurable disease. They are also suffering from the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is also incurable. Just the mere mention of it makes doctors want to flee and nurses want to quit their jobs. See how terrible it is! And it comes from the poison inherent in the love between men and women. When it causes men and women to get married, at least it is still the proper relationship of husband and wife which ensures the continuity of the human race. However, if it causes people to engage in homosexual behavior, then they are contributing to the destruction of the country and of the human race. That's why they contract this incurable disease, which no medicine can heal. No matter what mantra you recite, it has no effect on this disease. Even people with spiritual and psychic powers have no way to cure this dsease.
I have revealed a little bit about this news today. Whether or not you believe it is up to you. "How do you know that this poison acts up after three hundred or three thousand years?" you may ask. Don't ask me. I saw it in a dream.
The Master was born in Qiantang. If you are an American, you might literally interprets the Chinese characters for "Qiantang" as meaning "money pond." "It must be a pond with a lot of money in it!" you think. That's wrong. Qiantang is the name of a place in Hangzhou. His lay surname was Ding. This ding 丁 looks like two pieces of wood nailed in a T-shape. However, you shouldn't take my explanations too seriously, or you'll take a loss.
He studied under the Venerable Cheng of Yunmen, Dhyana Master Yuancheng. The reason I explained his surname as being a piece of wood is because he went into the hall and sat there without speaking, just like a wooden block. That's where I got the idea. I always try to look for meanings like that.
He entered the hall and did not speak. You see, I wasn't wrong. He came into the hall and acted like a wooden block. Whether you believe it or not is up to you.
To be continued