The precepts prohibit the taking of
intoxicants [literally in Chinese: drinking alcohol]. Some
left-home people smoke, and that's also wrong. The precepts
don't specifically say one can't smoke, but smoking is
included under intoxicants. There are people who smoke and
drink, but the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas dislike the smell of
cigarettes. If people smoke in a pure Way-place, the
Bodhisattvas will stay far away. People think smoking is no
big deal, but the Bodhisattvas don't want to smell the odor.
I know how harmful smoke is: it drives the sages away and
attracts the demons closer.
For instance, weasel spirits, fox
spirits, snake spirits, and other spirits all like the smell
of smoke, be it from cigarette, cigar, or opium. If someone
takes opium, an opium ghost will follow him. It's not the
opium addicts themselves, but rather the ghosts who cause
them to crave opium. When an opium smoker exhales, a ghost
will inhale and learn to smoke opium. Once the ghost is
addicted, it causes the person to crave for more. Thus, the
two take advantage of each other.
The ghost makes the human smoke so it can
have a taste. After you start smoking opium, you gradually
become addicted to it. When you crave opium, you will yawn
and shed tears. It's tolerable in sunny days. When the
weather is cloudy, the ghost will become more powerful so
that your craving becomes more severe.
If you smoke opium, an opium ghost will
follow you. Tobacco and cigarettes have their own ghosts as
well. People who can't see ghosts don't know how serious it
is; those who can see them know that smoking is really
inauspicious. Thus, Buddhists should refrain from smoking
Do not take drugs. Drugs are also
intoxicants since the distort the mind and may cause
hallucinations. If you try to quit, you feel very
uncomfortable. You don't know this. As result, left-home
people shouldn't smoke. However, there are some clever
people who claim that the Buddha prohibited drinking, but
that smoking is fine since the precepts don’t mention it.
They become their own defense attorneys and distort the
principles to argue their case. Some ministers and priests
smoke and drink. You can say that there are always ghosts
and spirits around them.
Moreover, there are externalists who
claim they can see spirits, ghosts, and other strange
creatures, thereby attracting swarms of ignorant followers.
Those people are so gullible that they unwittingly join the
retinue of demons, ghosts, and other weird creatures. People
who believe in the Buddha will become Buddhas, whereas those
who believe in demons and ghosts will become demons and
ghosts. Thus, we have to bej very careful in our actions.