上人：他是不是學 yoga （瑜伽）的？
上人：為什麼他不去問問那個 yoga 呢?
philosophy（哲學）? 再等一等你又弄出一個 science （科學）那就更沒有完了。
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The River-Ruling Spirit named Pervasive Roar
in the Ten Directions obtained the liberation door of constantly
emitting sounds that benefit beings.
The next River-Ruling
Spirit is named Pervasive Roar in the Ten Directions.
This Spirit, who is in charge of rivers and streams, has a particularly
loud sound. The sound of his roar can be heard everywhere
simultaneously throughout the ten directions, hence his name,
“Pervasive Roar in the Ten Directions.”
He obtained the
liberation door of constantly emitting sounds that benefit beings. His
roar is not a useless roar. His roar is useful. What use does it serve?
“Constantly emitting sounds that benefit beings.” When one being hears
the sound of his roar, that being obtains benefit. What benefit? When
those who have greedy thoughts hear this sound, their greed decreases a
little. When those who have hateful thoughts hear this sound, their
hate decreases a little. When those whose thoughts are foolish hear
this sound, their foolishness decreases a little. And so by continually
hearing this sound, one's greed, hatred, and foolishness will
imperceptibly disappear. That's what's meant by sounds that benefit
beings. These sounds bring great benefit to beings. He attained this
The River-Ruling Spirit named Universally
Rescuing and Protecting Beings obtained the liberation door of
constantly giving rise to kindness and never vexing or harming any
The next River-Ruling
Spirit is named Universally Rescuing and Protecting
Beings. This River-Ruling Spirit has even greater spiritual
penetrations. He can universally rescue all beings. For instance, if
all living beings were about to be drowned in the river, he could keep
them from being drowned. He could rescue those beings. He rescues and
protects beings without making any discriminations among all beings.
And so he is the River-Ruling Spirit named Universally Rescuing and
His attainment involves any living
creature. Any living creature includes those born from wombs, from
eggs, from moisture, and by transformation. Living creatures are those
with awareness. Their natures have knowing awareness. Living creatures
refers to all living beings. Any creature with blood and breath is a
living creature. Some have breath but no blood; some have blood but no
breath. Some have neither blood nor breath. These can also be included
as living creatures.
He obtained the
liberation door of constantly giving rise to kindness and never vexing
or harming any living creature. Living beings of the Dharma
Realm constantly give rise to kindness and compassion and refrain from
vexing and harming living beings. This is the state, the liberation
door, that this River-Ruling Spirit obtained.
Are there any questions?
As to chakras, how many
chakras are there?
Is he a student of yoga?
Answer: He said he studied it before.
Venerable Master: Why doesn't he go
ask the yogis?
Answer: ...He never knew that there
Venerable Master: He didn't know
there were five?
Answer: He only heard it now,
because in the Yoga School they say there
Venerable Master: What is his
Answer: He's asking about the sixth
Venerable Master: What about the six
chakras? Which one is pure?
Venerable Master: This is the Buddha
Eye, right here.
Answer: If this verse is talking
about the Buddha Eye, why do they...?
Venerable Master: They basically do
not understand at all; how could
they become Buddhas?
Venerable Master: When did he give
us these pictures?
Answer: About ten minutes ago.
Venerable Master: What does he have
to say now?
Answer: He says that the “three
contemplations” in yoga are not the
Buddha Eye, but the Flesh Eye , Heavenly Eye and ....
Venerable Master: What about it?
Answer: The way they explain the
Eyes and the way the Master explains
Venerable Master: They simply do not
know, that's all.
Answer: They don't understand...
Venerable Master: If people have any
views, bring them up and we can
all discuss them. We were talking about yoga, but then you brought up
philosophy. After a while you raised the topic of science. There's no
end to this.
Venerable Master: Okay. Your
slippery method, taken from the palm of
your hand... Has he been here before?
Answer: He came once. We asked him
Venerable Master: I have no idea.
Tell him there is no such person as
To Lun. He does not exist.
Venerable Master: Who else has
Question: Is there a way to briefly explain this song? When I hear this
song, it wipes out my greed, anger, and delusion. How should it be
Venerable Master: How should it be
cultivated? Any way you cultivate it
is fine! Among the 84,000 Dharma doors, as long as you understand one
Dharma door, you can cultivate it.
Do not cultivate for the sake of
fame; do not cultivate in pursuit of profit. Do not base your
cultivation on greed, anger, or stupidity. Then you can cultivate that
Dharma door. But if you get hung up on fame, profit, greed, anger, or
stupidity, then it will be impossible to cultivate that Dharma door.
Are there any other questions? Who
else has a question? What are you doing that for—raising both your left
hand and your right hand? You are too slippery. Even your hands have
Now I have a matter to tell all of
you. At Gold Mountain Monastery, those who have left home and the lay
people work together to translate the Sutras of Buddhism. We first
translate those Sutras that we've understood, and after the
translations are done, we print them. However, it is not the case that
the translator takes his or her own translation and goes to find a
printer and arrange to print it. That is totally wrong.
After our first translation, of
the Sixth Patriarch's Platform Sutra, was completed, it was printed in
the name of our Buddhist Text Translation Society. We printed it, but
in Hong Kong, someone did not like the idea of using the name of the
Buddhist Text Translation Society, so he did away with it. That was a
great mistake. In the future, no matter who translates the Sutras, they
cannot go by themselves to make arrangements for printing.
With the Earth Store Sutra, Guo
Ning personally went to see C.T. Shen, recommended himself, and
convinced him to print it quietly. This has been one of the most
shameful and worthless things that Gold Mountain Monastery has done.
Now some other translations are
done, and some people are following suit. Promoting your own
translation and trying to get it printed first is a terrible mistake.
It shows a selfish heart, a heart that is after fame and profit. You
have not liberated yourself from the wish for fame and profit.
All of us at Gold Mountain Monastery should avoid being like common,
worldly people. If we do not see this point clearly, how are we any
different from those worldly people?
Now the translation of the Lotus
Sutra has been completed, and those three in Hong Kong have taken
charge of printing it. This is not in accord with Dharma. It is totally
wrong. In the future, whenever someone finishes a translation, he or
she has to hand it over to the Buddhist Text Translation Society, which
will send it to be printed. That's the right way to do it. If you don't
want to do that, then you needn't bother translating. Does anyone
else have a question?
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The River-Ruling Spirit named Pure Light
Devoid of Heat obtained the liberation door of universally displaying
all good roots that are clear and cool.
The next River-Ruling
Spirit is named Pure Light Devoid of Heat.
“Pure Light Devoid of Heat” is the name of a River-Ruling Spirit.
Devoid of heat means devoid of afflictions. Heat is affliction. If
there is no heat, one attains clear coolness. Since one has attained
clear coolness, one obtains “Pure Light”—a clear, pure brilliance.
The waters of the rivers and
streams that this River-Ruling Spirit rules over are not heated; they
are always clear and refreshing. And so he has obtained this kind of
state of the Buddha.
He obtained the
liberation door of universally displaying all good roots that are clear
and cool. All the clarity and coolness dispelled all
the afflictions, so he obtained the good roots of clear and cool
wisdom. “Good roots that are clear and cool” are just the good roots of
Prajna, the good roots of Bodhi, and the root of faith. He gave rise to
the power of the root of faith. This kind of faith is extremely solid,
without any wavering between doubt and belief. He also had the root of
mindfulness. Mindfulness of what? Mindfulness of the Buddha, the
Dharma, and the Sangha. He also had the root of vigor, the good roots
of vigor, which includes both physical and mental vigor. Aside from the
good roots of vigor and mindfulness, he also had the good roots of
samadhi. Samadhi means to remain unmoved by any state. As it is said,
“Unmoved by the eight winds, one sits upright on a purple-golden
lotus.” One is thus and unmoving, with clear and constant
understanding. What are the eight winds? There is praise, a favorable
wind, and ridicule, an adverse wind. It's easy to feel happy when
there's a favorable wind, and easy to get angry when an adverse wind
comes. There's also the wind of suffering, which is extremely hard to
bear; and the wind of happiness, which makes you joyful. Suffering is
an adverse wind; happiness is a favorable wind. Suffering can also be
compared to the north wind, which is very chilly, and happiness to the
south wind, which is warm and gentle. There is also the wind of
benefit, which is beneficial to you, and that of decline, which is
harmful to you. There is the wind of gain, and the wind of loss.
Praise, ridicule, suffering, happiness, benefit, decline, gain, and
loss—these are all “winds.” However, these Eight Winds cannot blow and
move the root of samadhi, so the good roots of samadhi are solid. Then
there is the root of wisdom. If you wish to have the good roots of
wisdom, you must cultivate the Dharma doors of wisdom; you have to open
the Dharma doors of wisdom. All you have to do is devote more time to
studying the Sutras and cultivating Prajna, and you will be replete
with the faith, vigor, mindfulness, samadhi, and wisdom—these five
kinds of good roots. You will obtain these clear, cool good roots, and
attain this kind of liberation door.
To be continued