For example, living beings with excessive greed
may be greedy for beautiful forms, for wealth, for fame, for profit,
and for other such problematic things. Living beings with excessive
greed should contemplate impurity. They should cultivate the
contemplation of impurity. Most people’s biggest desire is for sex, and
so they should cultivate the contemplation of impurity. They should
contemplate that no matter how handsome or beautiful a person is, the
body is just a stinking skin bag after all. It’s just a bunch of bones
carrying around a bunch of flesh. If you cut open the skin anywhere,
blood will flow out. After a while it will form into pus. These
stinking skin bags really have nothing about them that we should be
greedy for or wish to become involved with. Besides that, the nine
apertures are constantly excreting impurities.
Living beings with excessive hatred should
contemplate compassion. People who like to get angry should cultivate
the contemplation of compassion. Compassion means not getting angry at
anyone. You should look upon all living beings as your own sons and
daughters. You give rise to compassion toward all living beings. Stupid
living beings should cultivate the contemplation of causes and
conditions. They should see them as false, see them as empty, and
contemplate the Middle Way.
Living beings with excessive stupidity should
contemplate causes and conditions. Yesterday, a Dharma Master explained
how Shariputra cultivated the contemplation of causes and conditions.
He also said that living beings with excessive stupidity should
cultivate the contemplation of causes and conditions. But now we must
add one sentence: Shariputra was definitely not stupid. And so why did
he cultivate the contemplation of causes and conditions? He did it
because that Dharma-door was very appropriate for him. And so although
he was someone with wisdom, he also cultivated the contemplation of
causes and conditions.
It’s not a fixed principle that only stupid living
beings can cultivate the contemplation of causes and conditions and
that intelligent people cannot cultivate it. That’s not the way it is.
Nor is it the case that we say living beings with excessive greed
should cultivate the contemplation of impurity, but that if a living
being doesn’t have excessive greed he cannot cultivate the
contemplation of impurity. It’s not like that. If you are not greedy,
you can still cultivate the contemplation of impurity; it will work
even better for you. Living beings who are stupid can cultivate the
contemplation of causes and conditions and become enlightened, and so
if living beings who are intelligent cultivate the contemplation of
causes and conditions, they can become enlightened even faster.
Therefore, there are no fixed Dharmas.
Living beings with excessive obstacles should
cultivate the contemplation of mindfulness of the Buddha. If, when you
try to do things, you are obstructed, then recite the Buddha’s name.
When you recite the Buddha’s name, you don’t have to use any effort;
there’s no need to meditate or to contemplate emptiness, falseness, and
the Middle Way. You don’t need to do any of that. Just recite the
Buddha’s name: “Na Mwo A Mi Two Fwo.” Just recite like that, and you
will have success.
Living beings who are excessively scattered should
cultivate the contemplation of counting the breath. In the
contemplation of counting the breaths, you can (1) count the exhaled
breaths or (2) count the inhaled breaths.
Either method will do. But if you count the
exhaled breaths, then do not count the inhaled ones; and if you count
the inhaled ones, do not count the exhaled ones. You count from one to
ten, and then start over, going again from one to ten. That’s called
the contemplation of counting the breaths. If at night you cannot go to
sleep and you start having false thinking, that’s a good time to
cultivate the contemplation of counting the breaths.
Start counting, and after a few exhalations,
you’ll be asleep. Or you can breathe in a few times, and you’ll fall
asleep. It’s quite miraculous. As soon as you pay attention to your
in-breaths, your false thoughts cease, and then you can go to sleep
very quickly. Why are you unable to fall asleep? It’s because you are
having false thinking. You think about this and think about that, and
it prevents you from falling asleep. If you cultivate this
contemplation regularly for a long time, very naturally you will have
it in hand.
They are vigorous day and night in seeking the
Buddha Way. Because they want to seek the Buddha Way, they dwell in the
empty space / Beneath this Saha world. They are solid and powerful in
resolve and thought. They are not lazy, nor do they retreat, nor are
they scattered. They are single-minded in their cultivation. They don
the armor of vigor and go forward to cultivate. They bring forth solid
intent to cultivate and never retreat. They are not like we people are;
we cultivate and use effort today, and then tomorrow we stop applying
effort. They are not like that. The only exception would be if they
were not cultivating a Dharma. If they decide to cultivate a certain
Dharma, they will never retreat. They are ever diligent in seeking
wisdom. They are always eager to seek wisdom.
To be continued