Master Hua on Cultivation

Cultivating virtue, generosity, renunciation, wisdom, energy, patience, truthfulness, resolve, universal love, equanimity, compassion.
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More from his gloss on chapter 29:
Bodhisattvas are free from all attachments. They act without action. Thus, they do not discriminate among the events of the past, deliberate about the future, or have a single thought of attachment to the present. He neither contemplates bodhi nor differentiates bodhi. A Bodhisattva does not contemplate bodhi; instead, he cultivates bodhi. In other words, he cultivates the land without being concerned about the harvest. He diligently nurtures and waters his crops, so that they sprout, bloom, and bear fruit. A Bodhisattva also makes no discriminations about the Path to Enlightenment.

He neither sees the Buddhas’ appearance nor sees the Buddhas’ nirvana. A Bodhisattva is not attached to the idea of the Buddhas appearing in the world or of their entering nirvana. He neither sees them as having dwelt in great vows, nor sees them as having entered the proper position of Buddhahood. He is not attached to a Buddha or a Bodhisattva of Equal Enlightenment cultivating magnificent vows. He is able to “sweep away all dharmas and separate from all appearances.” He is not attached to the idea of certifying to the position of Buddhahood. He never goes beyond their being equally illusory. A Bodhisattva is not attached to the impartial nature of illusion either. He is attached to nothing at all.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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If we want to learn to have genuine wisdom, we must first cut off desire. How do we cut off desire? By not fighting, not being greedy, not seeking, not being selfish, not pursuing personal advantage, and not lying. These six great principles are the Dharma jewels for cutting off desire and obtaining genuine wisdom.
From Spring Sun, Lotus Flower.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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When a proper person practices deviant dharma, even the deviant dharma becomes proper. When a deviant person practices proper dharma, even the proper dharma becomes deviant.
Spring Sun, Lotus Flower.
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Buddhist disciples should endure starvation, endure cold, endure thirst, and endure hunger. Everything we disciples do should accord with the Buddhadharma. We should not be greedy to eat good food, wear good clothes, or live in fine places. We should not be greedy for enjoyment. Enduring suffering puts an end to suffering, but enjoying blessings uses up blessings.
Spring Sun, Lotus Flower.
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Cultivators should not praise their own virtue and say that they are enlightened, or claim to be Patriarchs or Bodhisattvas. Those are serious lies that will cause one to fall into the Hell of Pulling Tongues. This is no joke. Only people who don't know anything would behave in such a conceited way. Truly wealthy people never say to others, "You know what? I have all these diamonds and precious gems. I have more treasures than all the treasures in the world put together." If you advertise yourself like this, bandits will definitely target you and find a way to rob your treasures. The same thing happens in cultivation. You can't tell people, "I have spiritual powers. I hear the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas talking, and I see them appear before me." If you say that, you are giving the demon king an opportunity to come in and work with you, control your activities, and make you part of his retinue.

Cultivators should clearly recognize whatever states they encounter; they shouldn't let those states affect them, but should use Samadhi power to influence states. Don't make reckless claims or tell lies about having attained certain spiritual powers or seen certain states. You should know that such states are the mischief of demons, who want to destroy your resolve for the Way and make you go insane. These are signs of demonic possession; these states are not real. The section on the Fifty Skandha-Demon States in the Shurangama Sutra explains this very clearly. I hope you will investigate it thoroughly and not be fooled by such states. Otherwise it will be too late for regret.
Volume Ten of his Dharma Talks.
Truth is against the stream of common thought, deep, subtle, difficult, delicate, unseen by passion’s slaves cloaked in the murk of ignorance. Vipassī Buddha
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In cultivation, we should apply effort naturally. We should not be greedy and ask whether there is any efficacy or whether there will be good results. We should not think about anything, but just keep applying effort and changing our faults everyday.
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Basically, there is only one precept—not being selfish. If people are selfish, they will violate the precepts. If they are not selfish, they will not violate the precepts.
In cultivating, we have to turn things around. What does that mean? It means we give the good things to others, and keep the bad things for ourselves. We give up the small self in order to realize the great self.
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If we lie, then no matter what mantra we recite, it will not be efficacious. Nor will any Sutra we recite have efficacy. If we want to be able to recite mantras or recite Sutra and obtain a response or have some accomplishment, then we cannot lie. We must be honest and speak true and actual words, not false or frivolous words.
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The ancient sages always blamed themselves. Modern people, however, look for faults in others instead of acknowledging their own faults.
If we have no obstacles in our own minds, then outer obstacles will not hinder us or cause us worry.
What I stress is genuine merit and real practice, not false publicity.
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All the various kinds of precepts are aimed at helping people follow the rules. People who follow the rules can help maintain order in society and resolve the problems faced by humankind. Thus, the moral precepts are the basis for world peace.
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