He has already asked about this matter. Maitreya
Bodhisattva has already asked about what’s going on here. And the
Buddha is about to answer him. Shakyamuni Buddha is just about ready to
reply to his question. For this reason, you may all hear about it.
Don’t make noise. Be quiet. Listen. Since Maitreya Bodhisattva has
already asked and Shakyamuni Buddha is going to answer his question, if
you listen, you will all understand as well. Don’t be nervous,
In the blink of an eye, the Summer Session has
passed. Those of you who attended may feel it was very exhausting, and
you may be tired. But you should know that although it may be invisible
to you, your fatigue and weariness has actually created inconceivable
merit and virtue for you within your self-natures. Therefore, in these
last few weeks you should certainly be heroic and vigorous. Do not
relax as you did during the break. Be careful to speak less and to
refrain from false thinking. Everyone should work hard at cultivating,
investigating the Sutras, and sitting in Dhyana. Do this seriously. I
noticed you all slacked off in the middle of the Session. If a single
person indulges in a lot of talk, he disturbs everyone, making it
impossible to cultivate. We should protect the group and not do things
to cause people to not cultivate. If the great assembly does not
cultivate, it becomes your offense. Do you realize that?
I told one of my disciples not to look after money
anymore. There was an important reason for doing this. It wasn’t that
he is muddled, and so I did not want him to deal with money. Although
he may be muddled all day long, and although he sleeps all the time,
sometimes he’s awake. And so why did I not want him to deal with money?
Because there is another more important responsibility than that of
looking after money that I want him to take care of. Some people are
thinking I want him to be the president. No, this time I want him to
sit in Chan meditation. That’s because last year I thought that this
disciple should become enlightened, but to date he has not done so and
I have just let it go by. Basically I don’t pay attention to these
kinds of things. But recently I looked into the question of why he
hadn’t become enlightened. I found that it was because he had entered
the money samadhi, and being in the money samadhi, he didn’t have any
skill in meditation. Because he had entered the money samadhi, there
was no Chan samadhi. That’s why he hadn’t become enlightened.
I’ve instructed him that from now on he should
practice sitting in Chan meditation; he should meditate every day.
Every day he should well develop his skill, and become familiar with
how to start and end the sitting periods. We’ve already announced the
upcoming meditation session: fourteen weeks of Chan Sessions this
winter. I want him to stay in the Chan Hall all the time and accompany
all of you while you are developing your skill in meditation. We are
making several incense boards. If he doesn’t apply effort himself, you
can tap him. If you don’t work, he can hit all of you, because he’s so
tall. If he doesn’t work, you can hit him. This is called “striking up
a Chan seven(doing a 7-day chan meditation session)” and so you can
mutually hit each other.
And so his responsibility is to be the Proctor in
the Chan Hall. He will not be allowed to leave the hall at any time. In
a Chan session, we want to end birth and death. It’s not something to
take lightly. It won’t be like the Summer Session has been, with
lectures on the Sutras, Dharma talks, and investigation of the Sutras.
At that time, there will be “speaking Dharma without words,” no one
will talk. Perhaps there will be one or two instructional talks each
day, but no more than that.
If I don’t relieve him of his responsibilities
involving money now, and if I wait until close to the time for the
session to start, he certainly will not be able to stop his false
thinking. And so he has to start training now. From now on he should
work especially hard. If he doesn’t become enlightened this year during
that session, I will not allow him to eat. He may only drink water.
To be continued