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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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The Flower Adornment Sutra is the Sutra of the Dharma Realm and the Sutra of Empty Space. To the exhaustion of the Dharma Realm and empty space there is no place where the Flower Adornment Sutra is not present. Wherever the Flower Adornment Sutra is found, the Buddha is to be found, and also the Dharma and the Sangha of Worthy Sages. That is why when the Buddha accomplished Proper Enlightenment, he wished to speak the Great Flower Adornment Sutra to teach and transform the Great Knights of the Dharma Body. Since this Sutra was a Sutra of inconceivable wonder, it was then concealed within the Dragons' Palace for the Dragon King to protect. Afterwards, Nagarjuna-- "Dragon Tree" Bodhisattva went to the Dragons' Palace, memorized it, and brought it back.

The Flower Adornment Sutra is like an auspicious cloud in empty space, which extends throughout the Three Thousand Great Thousand World-System, raining down the sweet dew of Dharma rain to moisten all living beings. The Flower Adornment Sutra is also like the sun, which everywhere illumines the Great Thousand World-Realm, bringing warmth to every single living being. The Flower Adornment Sutra is also like the great earth, which can produce and grow the myriad existing things. Therefore, it can be said that any period in which the Flower Adornment Sutra exists is a period in which the Proper Dharma long remains.

Consequently, in our daily investigation and lecturing of the Flower Adornment Sutra, it is essential to rely upon the Sutra's principles to cultivate and to use the Sutra as a cure for our own personal faults. Those who are greedy, after hearing the Flower Adornment Sutra, should rid themselves of greed. People who have hatred, upon hearing the Sutra, should give up their hatred; and those who are stupid should stop being stupid. The principles discussed in the Sutra are designed to correct our faults and bad habits. It is absolutely not the case that the Sutra was Dharma spoken for Bodhisattvas with no relation to us, or that it was Dharma spoken for Arhats with no relevance for us. Don't think, "All I as an ordinary person can do is listen to the Sutra. I could never aspire to the states of a Sage." To think that way is to throw yourself away, to separate yourself from the Sages.

From the beginning to the end of the Flower Adornment Sutra, every phrase of the Sutra is an unsurpassed Dharma jewel. If we are able actually to apply and cultivate according to the principles in the Sutra, then we are certain to become Buddhas. For that reason the Flower Adornment Sutra can be called the Mother of all Buddhas. The Flower Adornment Sutra is the Dharma Body of all Buddhas. The Buddha praised the Vajra Sutra saying:

In any place where the Sutra text is found, there is the Buddha.

Wherever the Flower Adornment Sutra is, there is the Buddha. The Buddha is right there. It is just that your karmic obstacles are too deep and heavy, so although you are face-to-face with him, you do not see the Buddha. As it is said,

Face-to-face, not recognizing Guanyin Bodhisattva.

Right now our thousand-handed, thousand-eyed image of Guanyin Bodhisattva constantly emits unobstructed light which reaches all living beings with affinities throughout the entire Three Thousand Great Thousand World Realm; yet we here daily bow to the Buddha, recite the Buddha's name, bow to Guanyin, and recite Guanyin's name, but do not see Guanyin Bodhisattva. We just follow along with the crowd, bowing when people bow, reciting when people recite, which is just to be turned by the states of others and not actually to take it up into our own persons and minds.

"How, then, should I be in my daily bowing and recollection of Guanyin Bodhisattva? Should I continue to have a huge temper? Should I still retain my old faults and not change them?" If you are that way, you could bow to the exhaustion of the boundaries of the future, but you would never see Guanyin Bodhisattva. If you can change from evil and go towards the good, and truly rid yourself of your faults and bad habits -- doing your best to reform and become a new person -- Guanyin Bodhisattva is certain to come to your aid. That is why some people cultivate a good many years without opening the least bit of wisdom, while others cultivate and, without being aware of it, open their wisdom and acquire unobstructed eloquence.

We Shramanas should diligently cultivate precepts, samadhi, and wisdom, and put to rest greed, hatred, and stupidity. In every move we make we should return the light and look within. If you cultivate that way, you will make progress. If we listen to the Flower Adornment Sutra, lecture the Flower Adornment Sutra, and recite the Flower Adornment Sutra, but fail to practice according to the principles of the Flower Adornment Sutra, the Sutra remains the Sutra, you remain you, I remain myself and others remain themselves, and we cannot unite as one. If we ourselves can become one with the Sutra by acting according to its principles, that is actual union with the Sutra. If you are unable truly to practice in accord with the Sutra, but instead are deficient in kindness and compassion with a dearth of joy and giving, having ignorance and afflictions as your only companions, then you have failed to understand the Sutra and lack the ability to listen to the Sutra.

Upon hearing one phrase of the Sutra we should ask ourselves, "How should I act? Should I run after my faults and bad habits, or should I rely upon the principles of the Sutra and cultivate?" If you can constantly ask yourself that question, you will certainly obtain great benefit. The reason you have not obtained great benefit is simply that you look upon the Sutra as the Sutra, having no connection with yourself. Actually, when the Buddha spoke the Flower Adornment Sutra, it was spoken for all living beings including you, me, and everyone else of the present. The Buddha is face-to-face with us, speaking it for us from his golden mouth. When we listen to the Sutra, it is the same as having the Buddha take us by the ear and speak the principles right to our face, telling us to use the Sutra's Dharma doors to cultivate.

None of the Dharma doors goes beyond the self-nature of each one of us. Our self-nature, too, exhausts empty space and the Dharma Realm. Therefore, if you can expand and enlarge the measure of your mind, you will unite with the Flower Adornment Sutra, being two and yet not two. If all people can make the states of the Flower Adornment Sutra their own states and receive the Flower Adornment Sutra's limitless principles and infinite wisdom as their own, how vast and great that will be. As it is said,

It is vast and subtle.
Let it go, it fills the whole universe.
Roll it up, it secretly hides away.

That is ineffably wonderful!
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Master Hua used this Great Compassion mantra and encouraged everyone to use it with a sincere mind to be efficacious:

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Here are the lines of the mantra with verses by Master Hua. His verses are in English also.

http://www.drbachinese.org/online_readi ... ntents.htm
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Cultivators should value virtue in the spiritual Path., Such virtue takes the form of benefiting others. Put aside the concern for helping yourself and devote yourself to helping others. Be willing to take harm upon yourself in order to protect others from harm. In other words, if you want to benefit others and not harm them, it is essential to cultivate virtue in the Path. The Path is external, whereas virtue is internal. Externally, you nurture the Path by cultivating various paths. Once you are in accord with the Path on the outside, a sense of great happiness wells up within. You have attained virtue in your mind.

When you have virtue, everyone admires you.
When you are in accord with the Path, everyone respects you.


Once your conduct is virtuous, everyone thinks well of you. If you are virtuous, then people will be delighted even if you were to scold or beat them. If you lack virtue, then even if you make obeisance to people, they will want to kick you. Virtue wins everyone’s respect. Therefore, it is of the foremost importance. All of you should keep the words “virtue in the Path” firmly in mind, so that you see them as soon as you open your eyes.

Some people have no concern for virtue or the Path. It could be said that they have forgotten what is most fundamental. The most fundamental thing is virtue in the Path. Without virtue, one cannot follow the Path to its end and realize Buddhahood . Buddhas are adorned with the myriad virtues. Having perfected and realized the myriad virtues, they were able to become Buddhas.

Virtue in the Path represents righteous energy. It can be compared to the sun and moon. It is equivalent to heaven and earth. Therefore, no one can afford to overlook virtue in the Path. Virtue in the Path also serves as our place of practice. Virtue in the Path requires cultivation. If you cultivate, you can be virtuous. Without cultivation, there is no virtue.

Therefore, if cultivators fail to consider virtue, they will not be able to cultivate. Virtue in the Path consists of renouncing oneself for the sake of others. Forgetting about ourselves, we should help others; we should do that without harboring even a single thought of selfishness and without ever thinking of our own benefit. A mind devoid of selfish and self-benefiting thoughts is a virtuous mind.

Thus, in everything they do, cultivators should pay attention to virtue. Do everything within your capacity to help others. Supporting the bodhimanda is a way of helping others. You are practicing the Path when you protect the bodhimanda from troubles. Therefore, each of you should use your utmost ability to perfect your virtue. Then, you will have some accomplishment.

Don’t be so preoccupied with yourself that you cannot forget about yourself. To practice the Bodhisattva Path, you must forget yourself. While it is important to enlighten yourself, it is even more important to enlighten others. As students of the Buddhadharma, we ought to realize this and never forget about helping others.
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Buddha Nature

Due to the influence of the six sense faculties – eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind – people are reborn in the hells or become hungry ghosts or animals. It’s also due to the functioning of the six senses that people become asuras or are reborn in the heavens or as humans. Actually, the six sense faculties are not in control; it’s just that we don’t know how to use them. The master is within everyone’s own nature, the bright nature of enlightenment. This master is also known as the inherent Buddha-nature. When it is in charge, proper thoughts manifest, and one is free and at ease, not obstructed by anything. But once this nature is covered up by even a single thought of ignorance, a dull darkness is erroneously stirred up; the six sense faculties then become the masters and take control.
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Much good advice and wisdom from Master Hua at this site:

http://www.dharmabliss.org/
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If you want to determine whether a person is genuine or phony, whether he is Bodhisattva or a demon, you can look for the following things: First, see whether he has any desire for sex; and second, see whether he is greedy for money.

Those who truly understand cultivation do the work right within their daily activities. Every act constitutes cultivation.
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How can one become a Buddha? Becoming a Buddha involves not fighting, not being greedy, not seeking, not being selfish, not pursuing personal advantage, and not lying. You say, “Is it that simple?” Yes, it’s that simple!
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Thank you, Nicholas. Your efforts alone have brought me to accept Hsuan Hua as my Spiritual Master. I purchased two booklets His Organization put out on the Shurangama Mantra, and it is High Quality Buddhist Stuff. Much Love to both you and Spiritual Master Hsuan Hua. May I one day dawn Buddhist Monk robes like He does. He is my inspiration to do such a thing, and I believe in His goodness.

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This Shurangama Mantra Book one can order has an English Translation, as well as the original phonetics. It is a very important work. Shurangama Mantra (Text only with a brief introduction). Thanks to one of your Threads on the subject, I have this book. Thank you!

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Brahma Das wrote: Mon Aug 30, 2021 12:46 am Thank you, Nicholas. Your efforts alone have brought me to accept Hsuan Hua as my Spiritual Master. I purchased two booklets His Organization put out on the Shurangama Mantra, and it is High Quality Buddhist Stuff. Much Love to both you and Spiritual Master Hsuan Hua. May I one day don Buddhist Monk robes like He does. He is my inspiration to do such a thing, and I believe in His goodness.

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This Shurangama Mantra Book one can order has an English Translation, as well as the original phonetics. It is a very important work. Shurangama Mantra (Text only with a brief introduction). Thanks to one of your Threads on the subject, I have this book. Thank you!

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