們各位要注意他，將來他 story 要滿天飛的。
Tuesday, August 19, 1975 (evening)
The second day of the session has almost passed. 1 believe it won't rain tonight. That means that during the last two days everyone has been sincere. I don't know if you will continue to be sincere tomorrow. We'll just have to wait and see whether it rains. While walking and reciting "Na-mo A-mi-to-fo," when you hear the large bell, that is the sign that you are to return to your bowing cushions, and the tempo of the recitation is speeded up. I've noticed that many of you are unaware of this. When you recite, keep your hands in front of your chest; this is called the "palms-lowered position." Don't let your hands hang down by your belly. That does not look nice. They should be right in front of your rib cage, directly below the heart. When you hear the big bell, raise your palms and join them together. Then you no longer recite "Na-mo A-mi-to-fo," but just "A-mi-to-fo." I've noticed a lot of you don't raise your palms at this time, but let your hands hang down or swing at your sides. This is because you don't know about the rules. Although rules are not important, you still have to abide by them. As it is said, "If you don't follow the rules [in Chinese the word for "rules" is made up of the two words "compass and T-square] you can't make circles or squares." That is, if you don't follow the rules you won't attain your goal.
For example, when Guo Tong came to the temple at the age of four, the only question he had was, "Why do there have to be rules?" That was the question he asked at age four. Seeing that he had this question at such a young age, I knew that he was an unruly kid.
I told him, "The rules are there just because you don't follow them. If you abided by the rules, there wouldn't be any need for them." Even now, I think he must still detest the rules. He wants to be free to run around, play, and be rowdy.
That's just his character. He's like a monkey, jumping and crawling all over the place. He is very lively and his eyes are always looking around at everything. But he can really tell stories. If he continues, in the future, he's going to make his mark as a master storyteller. He is only eleven now and he can really make stories up; wait till he grows up—he will be even better at it then. So keep your eye on him. Pretty soon his stories will fly right up into the sky.
If anybody here wants a story, he can make one up for you. Don't forget about that story about a single strand of hair [given in the
The Earth Store Sutra with the Venerable Master Hua's commentary, published by D.R.B.A.]. That's a secret dharma that most people don't know about. Even if people want to know about it, don't tell them right now.
Also, when you stand at your places, those who come first should stand up in front and those who follow should stand behind them in the order that they file in. The first to come should not stand in the back so that those who follow have to shove past to find a place. No matter where you go, you should proceed according to the rules for order in the assembly. Then things won't become confused, but will run smoothly. You should all take note of this.
Cultivation must be done every day. You can't cultivate one day and slack off the next. The same applies to following the rules. You have to follow the rules every day. If you don't, you are not acting in accordance with the precepts of the Buddhadharma. So, wherever you go, take care to observe the regulations and don't be sloppy about it.
"Holding the name Buddha Recitation" can be practiced by both the young and old, and those in the prime of life. It is suitable for everyone. Sick people can recite the Buddha's name. You who are sick suffer from the pains of disease because of karmic obstacles. You should hold the Buddha's name in order to lessen these obstacles. Those who are healthy should take advantage of their health to recite the Buddha's name and dedicate their recitation to insure their perpetual good health. Old people who are approaching the end of the road should follow the good path to the end. They should recite the Buddha's name. Young people whose road ahead is filled with limitless light should recite "Na-mo A-mi-to-fo," to make the light appear. Thus, the Dharma-door of Buddha Recitation is suitable for every type of person. You can chant while walking, standing, sitting, or reclining. However, when reclining you should not recite aloud. Do it silently in your heart. If you recite aloud it is disrespectful. The busiest people can recite the Buddha's name, and people who are the most at leisure can also recite the Buddha's name.
To be continued