person is fond of saying that Buddhas are appearing in the
world. He claims that in a certain place a certain person is
actually a transformation body of a certain Buddha. Or he says
that a certain person is such and such a Bodhisattva who has
come to teach humankind. People who witness this are filled
with admiration. Their wrong views multiply, and their Wisdom
of Modes is destroyed.
The other person is fond of saying that Buddhas are
appearing in the world. The person possessed by the demon
likes to roam about, and then based on his adventures, he
talks about strange and mysterious things. The things he says
are so mysterious that no one can conceive of them. He says,
“All the Buddhas have now come into the world to save people.”
He claims that in a certain place a certain person is actually
a transformation body of a certain Buddha. “He’s really Buddha
So-and-so, whose transformation body has come here to save
living beings.” Or he says that a certain person is such and
such a Bodhisattva who has come to teach humankind.
For example, one of my disciples says that the disciples of
a certain teacher say that their teacher is a Bodhisattva.
That’s ridiculous. What kind of Bodhisattva? A ghost
Bodhisattva. They’re just cheating people. I’ll tell you
something: A real Buddha or Bodhisattva would never admit that
he was a Buddha or a Bodhisattva. Nor would he let his
disciples advertise for him, saying, “Our teacher is a
Bodhisattva.” I never told you to talk like that. Why do some
of you say that your teacher is a Buddha? You must never speak
that way about me. Haven’t I told you I’m a ghost? Just tell
them your teacher is a ghost. I don’t want to be called a
Bodhisattva or a Buddha. How pathetic those people are! Here
the person says, “This is a Bodhisattva who has come to teach
the world! He has come to save us in this Dharma-ending
People who witness this are filled with admiration. Since
they have childish views and don’t really understand the
Buddhadharma, they think, “Wow! He’s a Bodhisattva! Fantastic!
Let’s hurry and go hear him speak the Dharma and ask him to be
our teacher!” For example, yesterday someone came to steal the
Dharma. I asked him who his teacher was, and he said it was
So-and-so. That’s the kind of situation this is referring to.
They are filled with awe and admiration. “We’ll take this
Bodhisattva as our teacher, and study Bodhisattva Dharmas with
him. Since he’s a Bodhisattva, of course all the people he
teaches can become Bodhisattvas, too.” As a result, their
wrong views multiply, gradually growing thicker and thicker,
and their Wisdom of Modes is destroyed. Their Wisdom of All
Modes and all their various kinds of wisdom are eradicated.
The seeds of their wisdom are destroyed. It’s that
There’s not a very great difference between what is true
principle and what is not true principle. It’s a very subtle
difference, and so it’s not easy for us to have
Dharma-selecting vision and to distinguish between Proper
Dharma and deviant dharmas, or good and evil. If a person is
proper, then everything he does will be open and upright. If
he is deviant, then he will always be taking risks hoping to
gain advantages; he will do disgraceful things. Good people
try to help others, while evil people harm others. Once we
recognize these points, we will have a clear understanding.
To be continued