Question: What are the benefits of reciting Sutras?
Answer: Reciting Sutras is the best way to increase wisdom and fill yourself with proper thought. If you advance along this path of cultivation, you will surely reach your goal.
Question: What's the purpose of holding mantras?
Answer: Holding mantras causes you not to have false thinking. No matter what you do, if you concentrate, it will be efficacious, and the results will show when your skill matures.
Question: What kind of work do you do?
Answer: I work as a salesman in a department store. My monthly salary is $300. I work eight hours a day.
We rest on Saturdays. We learn to make oil cakes. We add warm water to high-gluten flour and mix well, then set the dough aside for an hour.
Sitting in Dhyana is also known as meditation. Dhyana is a Sanskrit word translated as "stilling reflection" and also "thought cultivation." We should sit upright and be sincerely respectful, without having scattered thoughts.
Why do you get up so early? The plans for our life take diligence to carry out. The plans for the year are made in the spring. The plans for the day are made in the morning. That's why we get up early.
Question: I think studying Buddhism is a lot of suffering. You have to follow rules, and you can't be selfish or afraid of hardship. But it's not for sure what you get in the end. Isn't it kind of hopeless?
Not at all. We study the Buddhadharma to obtain genuine happiness. Selfish people who fear hardship are foolish and unwise. Those with understanding should not be that way.
Yesterday on the streets, I ran into an old friend. In the past, we were together...