Chapter VI – On Repentance

Once there was a big gathering of scholars and commoners from Kwong Chow, Shiu Chow, and other places to wait upon the Patriarch to preach to them. Seeing this, the Patriarch mounted the pulpit and delivered the following address:

In Buddhism,

we should start from our
Essence of Mind
.
At all times let us
purify our own mind
from one Ksana (thought moment)
to another,
tread the Path by our own efforts,
realise our own Dharmakaya,
realise the Buddha in our own mind,
and deliver ourselves by a
personal observance of Silas;

then your visit will not have been in vain. Since all of you have come from afar, the fact of our meeting here shows that there is a good affinity between us. Now let us sit down in the Indian fashion, and I will give you the

“Formless” Repentance.

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Chapter II – On Prajna

Next day Prefect Wai asked the Patriarch to give another address. Thereupon, having taken his seat and asked the assembly to purify their mind collectively, and to recite the Maha PrajnaparamitaSutra, he gave the following address:-

Learned Audience, the Wisdom of Enlightenment is inherent in every one of us. It is because of the delusion under which our mind works that we fail to realise it ourselves, and that we have to seek the advice and the guidance of enlightened ones before we can know our own Essence of Mind. You should know that

so far as Buddha-nature is concerned,
there is no difference between an
enlightened man and an ignorant one.

What makes the difference is that
one realises it, while the other
is ignorant of it.

Now, let me talk to you about Maha Prajnaparamita, so that each of you can attain wisdom.

Learned Audience, those who recite the word ‘Prajna‘ the whole day long do not seem to know that Prajna is inherent in their own nature. But mere talking on food will not appease hunger, and this is exactly the case with these people. Continue reading “Chapter II – On Prajna”

41. Should one become a vegetarian after receiving Tien-Tao? (& Q42 to Q46)

It is of utmost importance to be a vegetarian after one receives Tien-Tao. The True Self is pure and clean. To retain such purity, one should not allow any contamination.

If the True Self is contaminated, it becomes lost. To restore the True Self to its original brightness, the practitioners of Tao must filter out all impurities.

The impurities consist of the onion family, garlic family, leeks, shallot, and tobaccos among vegetables, and all animals such as poultry, meat, and seafood. Continue reading “41. Should one become a vegetarian after receiving Tien-Tao? (& Q42 to Q46)”

16. What are the Animal Nature, Human Nature, and True Nature?

If the heart of a person reflects his Li-xing, 14 it displays his True Nature.
If his heart reflects his Qi-xing, 14 it displays his Human Nature.
If his heart reflects his Zhi-xing, 14 it displays his Animal Nature.

The True Nature is in the domain of Li-tien 9, 11 and it is all good.
The Human Nature is in the domain of Qi-tien, 9, 12 and it can be either good or evil.
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Introduction IV: The Heart and True Self

The True Self is the essence of human life, as well as the root of the cosmos.

The True Self is infinitely bright;
It is not born;
It does not die; and
It has no shape or form.

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