The men's and the women's restrooms should be locked during the morning and evening recitations. No one is permitted to sneak off to the restroom during morning and evening recitations or while listening to the Sutra lecture. Why can't you go beforehand? Why do you wait until the middle of morning or evening recitation to go, acting as if you absolutely can't hold it? You should wait until morning or evening recitation or the Sutra lecture is over before you go to the restroom. While the ceremonies are in progress, no one is excused, no matter how difficult it is for you to hold it. If I didn't make this rule, you would be far too casual and disorderly.
No talking is allowed in the restroom. People who talk in the restroom will certainly fall into the Hell of Pulling Out Tongues and will be mute in a future life. You are too casual. Each of you should know yourself and examine yourself. In the Way-place, everyone should be earnest in cultivating the Way, not in being lazy.
Those who have recently left home cannot shirk all their duties; they cannot be absent from morning and evening recitations, miss the meal offering and formal meal, or fail to follow the assembly. You who have newly left home should make good use of your lives. Don't fritter the time away.
Each of you should ask yourselves in all good conscience: do you cherish the Way-place like your own home? Have you fulfilled your responsibilities and tried your best? If you aren't making your very best effort, then what in the world are you doing here? If you are so lazy during the training period, how do you expect to learn anything? Are you learning to be lazy?
In the Way-place we advocate no contention, but you compete with everyone in being lazy, in influencing others not to cultivate, in causing others to fail to bring forth the Bodhi resolve. You are afraid that others will cultivate, so you get jealous and try to obstruct them.
Cultivators cannot be greedy. Whatever you are greedy for will hinder you from cultivating the Way. Greed for fame, greed for profit, greed for wealth, greed for material things are all obstructions to the Way. If you are greedy for everything, collecting a heap of garbage, how can you cultivate? "With no cherished possessions, you have no afflictions." If you prize nothing, then nothing can afflict you.
Not seeking means we don't seek to have merit, and we don't seek to be free from offenses. We are bound to create offenses, but we should know that, "There is no greater good than to know your faults and change them." If you clearly know you have offenses and you hide them, not admitting to them, then you are making a serious mistake.
We should not be selfish. Look at your every move and tell me what you do that is not selfish. In what ways do you benefit others? As a member of the assembly, are you intent upon benefiting others or do you only care to help yourself? If you always make sure you get the advantages and pay no attention to other people, how can you cultivate?
Self-benefiting means that you fight for all you are worth in order to get whatever is advantageous to you. Is that cultivation? ...Because you are controlled by contention, greed, seeking, and self-benefit, you constantly tell lies. Never do you admit your own mistakes. You always argue. You always say you are right. Is this cultivation? Did you leave home just to be like this?...