“Nobody knows the location of the wish-fulfilling pearl,
But right within the Tathataga’s treasure
You yourself possess it.” (Master Yongjia’s Song of Enlightenment)
Today the lay donors have asked me to speak Dharma for you. This is what I want to say:
In the world there is coal and there are diamonds. There is no diamond that does not come from coal. And yet, a lump of coal is not a diamond. What is the difference? Coal goes through a process of pressure and heat for hundreds of thousands of years. A mountain of coal produces one crystal-clear diamond. In the world there are common ordinary people and there are sages. There is not a single sage does not come from common people, yet sages and common people are different. What is the difference? If in the mine of our consciousness, we can extract and discard every single thought of contention, greed, seeking, selfish, self-benefiting, and dishonesty, and polish the jewel of wisdom to yield a heart of generosity, contentment, unselfishness, benefiting others, and honesty, then the wish-fulfilling pearl is right within ourselves. All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will be delighted. Can you laypeople do this?
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“Recall the power of Guanyin. All hostilities will disappear.”
Today you twenty-two lay donors have brought forth a rare resolve, a sincere wish to benefit the world by establishing Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery, and you have supported that work with your strength here in Kuala Lumpur. I have some words for you:
In the world there are many false refuges. What is a true safe refuge? Money, fame, position, power, and even the love of friends and family all are unsafe and false refuges. In the end they fail and cannot keep us safe from suffering and affliction.
Guanyin has thousands of eyes and thousands of hands to help beings. The key to our safe refuge in Guanyin is in our heart. But we must put our heart in Guanyin Bodhisattva’s hand. There we find the key, and this is the ultimate refuge.
Guanyin lives here, therefore this place is the most auspicious. Our mind, safely in the hands of Guanyin, is the unassailable refuge. In time of disaster, recall the strength of Guanyin. In time of fear, recall the strength of Guanyin. In time of trouble, recall the strength of Guanyin. Can you laypeople recall the strength of Guan Shi Yin? Where is it?