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Grand Master Lu`s Dharma talk (summary) after Saturday Group Practice on November 21, 2009

2009-11-21 Seattle Lei Zang Temple, Redmond, Washington


Translated by: TBTT
Summarized by Karen Szu, Proofread by Angela Yeh, Edited by Justin Chiu

Source: tbtts.org


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六祖說:「 若自不悟,需覓大善知識,解最上乘法者,直示正路,是善知識有大因緣。所謂化導令得見性;一切善法,因善知識能發起故。三世諸佛,十二部經,在人性中本自具有。不能自悟,須求善知識指示方見。 」

If not awaken through own mind, ought to seek great virtuous and knowledgeable teachers, who understand the great vehicle dharma, to disclose the right path. Such encounter requires remarkable karmic affinity. As so-called teaching and guiding to see self-nature; all right dharma initiated through the virtuous and knowledgeable teachers. All Buddhas of three ages and twelve divisions of the Canon, are inherent within nature. If cannot awaken by self, ought to supplicate virtuous and knowledgeable teachers for guidance to enlightenment.

?Everyone should seek out great teachers who are virtuous and knowledgeable and have reached enlightenment. However, if you seek guidance from teachers who may yet to reach enlightenment, then it is just like the blind leading the blind.

?You should seek out great teachers who are virtuous and knowledgeable and who have already obtained enlightenment. This is because all virtuous teachings are derived from virtuous knowledge. If at first you cannot find such great teachers, you must keep searching until you find one.

?You must have great karmic affinity; otherwise, you will not be able to find great virtuous and knowledgeable teachers. It is the karmic affinity that lead you to eventual enlightenment.

?The virtuous and knowledgeable teachers must provide proper guidance and help to develop the wisdom within the students. In the case of fishing where bait is used to lure fish, you are the fish while the great virtuous and knowledgeable teachers are the fishermen.

?You should attend sermons given by the great virtuous and knowledgeable teachers and listen to their guidance. It is equally important to listen because only by listening will you be able to develop the wisdom of dharma. When you think you may have reached enlightenment, you may inquire your teachers for guidance to ensure you are on the right path. Similarly, some of you may be far from enlightenment but if you keep listening to the Grand Masterís sermons and teachings, you will slowly understand and eventually be able to reach enlightenment.

?Reverend Lian-You spoke of the importance of cultivating and practicing Buddhism. Padmasambhava once said that you should aim high when it comes to reaching for enlightenment, but you should still start from the most basic step in cultivation.

?Iíve often said that I am neither a good person nor a bad person. I simply donít do things to cause anyone harm.

?Also, Acharya Lian-Ning spoke of the year 2012 and the various prophecies being circulated about the end of the world. If it happens, we should be happy and leave the world without regrets. If it doesnít happen, we should also be happy that we will have more time to study and practice Buddhism.

?We need to understand that we have the wisdom of Prajna within ourselves. Just like how our bodies are made up of earth, water, fire, wind, and emptiness, everyone has Buddha nature within themselves. The question is how you could discover Buddha nature.
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