As I mentioned earlier:
Truly recognize your own faults.
Don't discuss the faults of others.
Others' faults are just my own.
Being one with all is called Great Compassion.
Truly recognize your own faults means
that you don't only do it superficially. Saying "sorry"
isn't enough. You should truly acknowledge your mistakes
from your heart. You are just wasting time when you try to
find other people's faults without knowing your own, wash
others' clothes instead of yours, or fail to clean off your
own filth. If you idly gossip from day to night, you are
like "the crow that lands on a black pig without seeing that
he himself is also black" That's useless.
Now that we are cultivating in a
Way-place, we should shine the light within and examine
ourselves: "Did I commit offenses or create merit today?"
What kind of merit did you create? What offenses did you
commit? You must consider this. If you can't fall asleep,
you should go over what you did during the day instead of
just waiting to die. When you follow the crowd in committing
offenses, then you haven't truly recognized your own faults.
Don't discuss the faults of others. How
can a cultivator of the Way have time to "do others'
laundry" and find their faults? You should discipline
yourself so that you are able to overcome your desires and
return to propriety. You ought not to see, hear, speak, or
do anything that does not accord with propriety. All your
actions should be proper. Educated laypeople must abide by
laws and rules of etiquette. How much the more must
left-home people? In their every move, left-home people
should strive to be good models for laypeople rather than
bad influences. You are now in a Way-place where you are
provided with food, clothing, and shelter; where else can
you find a place like this? If you fail to cultivate, then
even when you go to the Land of Ultimate Bliss you will
commit offenses and be unable to practice the Dharma.
However, the three evil paths of the hells, hungry ghosts,
and animals don't exist in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, so if
you keep committing offenses it will be impossible for you
to be reborn there.
If your attention is focused on other
people all day long, you yourself might be acting like a
rakshasa ghost without even realizing it. Wouldn't you say
that's pathetic? To gossip in a Way-place is a most serious
offense. If you don't know how to cultivate in a Way-place,
what hope do you have of doing so elsewhere? It'll be too
late to bring forth the Bodhi resolve if you wait for eighty
thousand great eons! We've now encountered such a wonderful
place to cultivate, but if we don't follow the regulations,
we won't accomplish anything.
This applies to both left-home and
laypeople; left-home people don't have anything over
laypeople. As laypeople, if you can truly recognize your own
faults and not discuss the faults of others, you will have
merit and virtue. All of you should discipline yourselves.
Don't "renounce the root to chase after the branches" by
finding faults in others. If you find fault with people and
gossip in a Way-place, your retribution will be
inconceivable. You won't be able to escape it that easily.
If you have a glib tongue and your behavior is superficial
and insincere, you will simply be cheating yourself and no
~ To be continued