of the Venerable Master Hua
- We should all make this vow: "We don't want the Dharma to come to an end.
Wherever we go, we want the Proper Dharma to
- We should be very scrupulous in
translating the Sutras, and we should not
casually have passages.
- Listening to the Dharma is an
especially good way to increase our good roots
and open our wisdom. An opportunity to listen to
the Dharma is worth more than any amount of money
you could earn. You all shouldn't think it is a
simple matter to be able to come and listen to
the Sutras and study the Dharma. You are able to
do so only because you have amassed a lot of good
roots and virtuous conduct.
- A Bodhisattva is simply someone
who advances with great vigor. That's all there
is to it. there's no other secret.
- The ancient sages always blamed
themselves. Modern people, however, look for
faults in others instead of acknowledging their
- Depressed and melancholy, you roam
through the hells.
- Happy and smiling, you enjoy
- Weeping and woe make a small dark
room in the hells.
- Patience means: "If people
scold me, I can bear it. If they hit me, I can
take it. No matter how badly they treat me, I can
- Money is the filthiest thing
around. If you stay around it very long, you'll
- If you wish others to know about
your good deeds, they are not truly good deeds. If you fear others will find out about your bad
deeds, those are truly bad deeds.
- Through cultivating the Way, you
can increase your wisdom, your resolve for Bodhi,
the power of your vows, and everything else.
- All Good and Wise Advisors, we
should not be unfilial disciples of Shakyamuni
Buddha. We fellow Buddhists should not stir up
trouble among ourselves and try to hurt each
other. This is my hope for modern Buddhism.
- At all times we should vigorously
and courageously advance. We must never retreat
or become lazy.
- There aren't any problems that
can't be solved in Buddhism.
- There are no doors to the hells;
you yourself make the doors.
- Be gentle and agreeable. Avoid a
hot temper. Don't be frightened under any
- Be someone who abides by the
rules. If you don't follow the rules, you will
have to under go the retribution of being
abnormal in the future.
- If you have not reached the state
of being able to accord with conditions without
changing, you must be very careful not to indulge
in idle thoughts at any time.
- No matter what circumstances or
demon obstacles we encounter, we are determined
no to waver in our resolve to study the
Buddhadharma. This is the kind of resoluteness
and sincerity we must have in studying Buddhism.
- Parents are living Buddhas right
in your own home, so don't neglect what is near
to seek afar.
- With this body of yours, you ought
to do some work and make a contribution to the
- Practice of the Way requires
perseverance, sincerity, and determination.
- The purpose of studying
Buddhadharma is to put an end to birth and death.
- If we want to make daily progress,
we must become more strict with ourselves each
day. We must become more collected and focused by
not indulging in discursive thoughts.
- When the Buddha spoke Dharma and
taught people according to their needs, he was
like a physician dispensing the right medicine to
each patient. Therefore, one cannot say of any
part of his teachings that they are right or
wrong per se.
- If you avoid praising,
criticizing, and bearing grudges against others,
your mind will be peaceful and free from greed,
anger, and delusion.
- If you have no obstacles in your
own mind, then outer obstacles will not hinder
you or cause you worry.
- One may not carelessly scold those
who study and practice the Buddha's teachings.
- Don't joke about the Dharma, and
don't talk about it frivolously.
- You should always maintain an
attitude of deep respect and make obeisance to
the great Bodhisattvas of the ten directions. For
every bit of respect you have, you will gain a
bit of response. If you are one hundred percent
respectful, you will gain the benefit of a
response of one hundred percent.
- 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.
- Students of the eBuddhadharma
should become more energetic, more earnest, more
disciplined, and more intelligent each day.
- To obtain genuine wisdom, we must
work hard in our practice and be in accord with
- In the future, I hope all of you
will look after yourselves and supervise
yourselves. With such self-supervision, you will
certainly succeed one day.
- The Buddha's wisdom and radiance
are like the sun, because they shine upon the
entire earth, lighting up even the remotest
corners of darkness.
- Merit is created through deeds
that benefit society, such as building temples
and repairing bridges and roads. Virtue means
having a good conscience and not being ashamed
before Heaven or people because one has neither
deceived others nor cheated oneself.
- What I stress is genuine merit and
real practice, not false publicity.
- Always be honest and open in your
speech and actions. Don't be sneaky or evasive
with anyone. A straight mind is the Bodhi mind.
- Studying Buddhism is worth more
than any amount of money you save up in the bank! In terms of your Dharma body and wisdom life, the
Dharma is far more important than money. Don't
take worldly wealth so seriously.
- when you study the Dharma, you
amass a wealth of Dharma and meritorious virtue. So, don't look lightly upon this and act in a
- The Dharma is spoken; the Way has
to be practiced. In order to derive benefit, you
have to actually practice according to the
- No matter how flourishing the
world becomes, when it reaches the height of its
glory, it will become dark again. All things in
the world, great and small, are pretty much the
same; they all go through cycles.
- How were we born? We were born
from ignorance; we came into the world in a
- Ignorance is the root of
afflictions, the root of birth and death, and the
root of all troubles and problems.
- Because of desires for illusory
fame and profit, our minds are constantly being
traumatized and afflicted. This is where we
differ from the Buddhas.
- The reason we haven't obtained a
response in our practice of Buddhism is that we
have too many doubts.
- The only way we can influence
people is to set a good example for them and win
their respect for our integrity and values.
- "The spirits and immortals of
old had no special tricks; they were simply happy
as could be, and they never worried." This
should be the motto of all cultivators.
- We should know that nothing in the
world comes easily; how can we expect a reward
when we haven't put in the work?
- In listening to Sutra lectures and
reciting Sutras, we must be patient and not grow
- If we did not fight, were not
greedy, did not seek anything, were no selfish,
and did not want to benefit ourselves, we would
have no anger.
- The proper dharmas are: not
fighting, not being greedy, not seeking, not
being selfish, not wanting personal advantages,
and not telling lies. These are known as the Six
Great Guidelines. No matter what dharma it is,
you may use the Six Guidelines as a yardsticks to
measure, judge, and contemplate it. If it accords
with the six rules, it can be called a proper
dharma. If it goes against them, it is a deviant
- People have sharp eyes and will
see your good points. You don't need to praise
- As human beings, we are close to
the demons and far from the Buddhas. We can
become a demon king any time we want. If we wish
to become a Buddha, however, we must cut through
dense thickets of evil views. We have to cast out
deviant views and constantly cultivate proper
views before we can escape the demons' nets.
- In studying the Dharma, we should
investigate the principles until we are
completely convinced of them, without the
slightest doubt in our minds.
- If you really have no deluded
thoughts, then you have already been born in the
Land of Ultimate Bliss. If you are truly free of
desire, then you have already taught and
transformed living beings.
- We must be clear about cause and
effect and not make mistakes in cause and effect. When we come to the temple to bow to the buddhas,
we should not try to gain something for
ourselves. We should not be afraid to take a
loss. People who come to the temple to steal
food, money, or other things will certainly fall
into the three evil paths.
- We should not say things that
cause people to entertain thoughts of lust. We
should not tell improper jokes or engage in
frivolous or idle chatter. In general, we should
not say the things we are not supposed to say.
- Students of Buddhist should treat
the study of the Dharma as more important than
anything--more important than their studies at
school, more important than their business and
- Buddhism has just come to the
West, and we must staunchly support and propagate
the Proper Dharma; we must take the Proper Dharma
as our standard in all we do; the Proper Dharma
is our goal and purpose. We should all make a
great Bodhi resolve and protect the Treasury of
the Proper Dharma Eye.
- All afflictions are based on
selfishness. That's why we have so much anger and
so many afflictions.
- If you are truly sincere, the
Bodhisattvas will protect you even if your don't
- Clean out the garbage and defiled
thoughts in your own mind.
- Jealousy is an evil mental state
which is hidden in one's thoughts.
- If you don't develop
Dharma-selecting vision--the genuine wisdom to
distinguish between the Dharma and what is not
the Dharma--you will have studied the Dharma in
- The more you study Buddhism, the
more you should understand. You shouldn't become
more confused. Recognize the truth and open up
your "mind of wisdom."
- what ordinary people are most
attached to is the love between men and women. They hope their loved ones will live and their
enemies will die.
- When you are cultivating the Way
and a demonic state appears, if you are the
slightest bit no in accord with proper knowledge
and views, you will be caught up in deviant vies.
- What are your treasures? They are
your very own Treasury of the Tathagata. If you
want to regain your Treasury of the Tathagata,
you first have to protect your essence, energy,
- In studying Buddhism, we should
"turn it around" and benefit others. Only then do we deserve to be called Buddhists.
- In cultivation, even if you do not
become possessed by a demon, you must still have
genuine wisdom and Dharma-selecting vision.
- If you want to determine whether a
person is genuine or phony, whether he is a
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.
- Let's use what we have learned and
what we understand to universally save living
beings in the world.
- You should all remember: After you
take the precepts, never be deceived by such
states of confused belief. Even if a
Dharma-speaker displays mighty spiritual powers,
you should look him over carefully and see if he
is greedy. If he is out for money or if he has
lust, then he's not genuine. He's a phony.
- If you can regard the Sutra
lectures as being especially important, then you
have pretty much fulfilled your duties as a
- If you can return to the origin,
then you will be free of ignorance, lust, greed,
stupidity and false thinking--you will have none
of them. Its is an absolute and total purity.
- Why do you undergo births and
deaths? Simply because you have too many false
thoughts. When one thought ceases, the next one
arises. When that thought ceases another one
arises. Like waves on water, thoughts arise in
- We are all include in the
definition of living beings. You cannot exclude
yourself even if you want to.
- In cultivation, people should not
be greedy. Don't be greedy for good things, and
don't be greedy for bad things. the ordinary mind
is the Way. Just act ordinary, and don't be
greedy. No matter what you may be greedy for,
it's not right.
- The philosophical doctrines
discussed in the Shurangama Sutra are
ultimate. This is the summit of philosophy, the
- It is essential that we nurture
our energy; we should not lose our temper. You
should cultivate your energy, as in the saying,
"Foster the ground of your mind, and nurture
the sky of your nature." If you want to
nurture your energy, then don't talk so much.
- You have to be able to recognize a
demonic state when it appears before you, and be
able to tell whether it is a demon or a Buddha. Some states come from demons external to you and
some come from your own mind. The external demons
are easy to subdue. The internal demons of the
mind are very difficult to subdue.
- Don't bread the rules. You should
accord with propriety and be open and upright in
your conduct; only then will you attain samadhi.
- In cultivation, even if you do not
become possessed by a demon, you must still have
genuine wisdom and Dharma-selecting vision.
- If you are without greed, anger,
and stupidity, then you will subdue these skandha-demons.
If you don not have the faults of being selfish,
wanting personal profit, seeking, being greedy,
or contending, then no demon will be able to do
anything to you.
- The demons that you encounter in
cultivation are illusory transformations produced
from the yin thoughts and yin energy in your own
nature. If you an remain unmoved by these
illusory transformations, then there's no
- No matter what level you reach in
your cultivation, do not become happy or afraid. This is a most essential and basic way for
cultivators to resolve demonic obstacles.
- You need not fear demons; they are
just testing you, trying out your skill in
cultivation. If you're afraid, then they will
come even if you don't want them to. If you are
not afraid, then they will not be able to come.
- Demons fear those who are proper,
great, and bright. If you can be that way, then
the demons will behave themselves and will even
bow to you.
- Cultivators don't need to recite
any particular mantra or practice any particular
dharma. Just be honest and true; don't contend,
don't be greedy, don't seek, don't be selfish,
and don't pursue personal gain. If you put your
shoulder to the grindstone and cultivate
diligently, no demon can bother you.
- If we had no greed or desires,
then we would have no trouble. If you have greed
and desire, then all sorts of things will happen.
- The most important thing is lust: If someone has lust and indulges in impure
conduct all the time, the he's a demon. If he is
not greedy for money and he is free of lust, then
he is genuine.
- These are the precepts of not
killing, not stealing, not engaging in sexual
misconduct, not lying, and not taking
intoxicants. Buddhists should pay close attention
to these five precepts and avoid committing the
slightest transgression; only then are they
qualified to be called Buddhists.
- We cannot rely on external
conditions. We have to renew ourselves
continuously without rest. We must use our will
power to overcome unfavorable circumstances.
- If we can reflect upon ourselves
and overcome our greed, the world will become a
better place and wars will naturally cease.
- People who hold to wrong knowledge
and views undergo the retribution of having no
eyes, because they have lined others and led
others astray. Pay close attention to this.
- The law of cause and effect is
very serious; it is not off by a bit. From my
experience, I know that we cannot do even the
slightest wrong deed, for if we do, we will soon
have to undergo the retribution.
- Thinks of neither good nor bad. Don't crave good states, and don't be afraid of
bad states. When you encounter a state, just act
as if it didn't exist. Don't get attached to it.
- All living beings are my family;
the universe is my body; all of space is my
university; my name is "Empty and
Formless"; kindness, compassion, joy and
giving are my functions.
- We who practice the Way must stand
on our own and not rely on other people, matters,
or things. We must be extremely strong in
caliber, with an iron will.
- Moral virtue is our basis as human
beings. Only with virtue will we be able to
- The Way must be walked; if it is
not walked, of what use is the Way? Virtue must
be cultivated; if we don't cultivate, where does
virtue come from?
- We should honestly practice with
the words "birth and death constantly before
our eyes and the words "Way and virtue"
beneath our feet.
- Only with virtue can we establish
ourselves. If we have no basis upon which to
stand, then we cannot accomplish anything.
- False thoughts are the stumbling
block to cultivation of the Way.
- An instant of time, in the eyes of
cultivators, is an instant of life. With each
passing moment, our life is that much shorter.
- No matter whom we repent in front
of, we should confess our wrongs clearly and not
be ambivalent. We should repent with utmost
sincerity before the Buddhas.
- We cannot be the least bit
careless with regard to the Buddhadharma.
- If we are truly repentant, there
is nothing that cannot be pardoned.
- If we do not repent sincerely, we
will sink deeper and deeper in the quick sand,
dragged down by ever heavier offenses until we
can no longer breathe or pull ourselves out.
- As long as we can be sincere in
our resolve and advance step by step with brave
vigor, we will surely succeed. Work hard!
- If we wish to succeed, we will
naturally rise early and retire late. We are busy
not for the sake of fame or profit, but for the
sake of Dharma.
- In studying Buddhism, we must be
sincere in everything we do. Otherwise, we will
be phony, like sterile flowers that don not bear
fruit. Buddhists should never, ever cheat
- If you don't make the call, then
no one will receive our call. The same principle
applies to recitation of the Buddha's name.
- In cultivation we must rely on our
own strength, strike up our spirits, and bring
forth a vigorous and courageous spirit.
- Who told you to behave so
recklessly and fail to cherish yourself when you
were still healthy!
- If you don't engage in
self-reflection on a regular basis, you won't
realize how crooked all your intentions were
until you meet King Yama [the lord of Death].
- Cultivation requires bitter
- The secret to cultivation is to
constantly listen to the instructions of a wise
- Those who have never undergone the
suffering of sickness will not wish to cultivate
- The day we took refuge can be
considered our birthday, the day when we began to
- Living beings' mind and natures
are originally pure and bright; it is just that
they have been obscured by numberless offenses
and discursive thoughts.
- There are plenty of temptations to
commit offenses in the world. If we are not
careful, we will fall into the abyss of evil.
Once we lose our human body, we may not regain it
tens of thousands of eons. How endless our regret
will be then!
- When we lack samadhi and our
resolve is weak, it is easy for us to be
influenced by external circumstances and end up
- If our scattered thoughts arise in
profusion and we are always busy running around,
how can we make clear judgments and understand
- The secret to cultivation is
samadhi power. With the power of samadhi, one can
develop wisdom and then enlighten to the Way and
become a Buddha.
- I exhort all of you to always
caution yourselves with the motto of
"precepts, samadhi, and wisdom."
- During the rest period, one is not
allowed to chatter, to indulge in idle thoughts,
or to be lazy. Every second and every minute
should be cherished.
- We should study Buddhism with a
true heart. In everything we do and everything we
say, we should try to be true.
- Why haven't we had any response
after studying Buddhism for so long? It's because
we cover up our mistakes and aren't sincere
in our cultivation.
- We should be frugal with all the
material things in the temple. If we are careless
and don't know to cherish our blessings, then all
our merit and virtue will be lost. Our
cultivation will not measure up to our offenses,
and what we gain will not be able to make up for
what we throw away.
- In every word and every move, we
should take care not to hurt others.
- We must see emotional love as
empty. Then we will be able to fulfill our wishes
and accomplish the fruit of Bodhi.
- You have to do things without
being attached to the merit created.
- We should spread the flames of the
torch of wisdom to every corner of the world.
- Poverty and sickness are both
factors that aid us in cultivation the Way.
- Having thoughts of desire is like
allowing thieves to plunder your treasures. The
treasure sought by cultivators is freedom from
- Some people can only survive if
they gossip and indulge in idle thinking from
morning to night. Strange, isn't it? I don't
- There are people who don'
cultivate, but wear the disguise of cultivators. With no conscience and no shame, they sneak
around doing things that break the rules, but
refuse to acknowledge their deeds when
- We should realize that all the
sounds in the world are speaking the Dharma. Good
people speak wholesome Dharma for you, while evil
people speak evil dharmas.
- We should do things in an upright,
open, public-spirited and unselfish manner. We
shouldn't be constantly hunting for bargains
and unwilling to take losses.
- As long as we have a breath left,
we should be good to others, but without having
thoughts of emotional love.
- Buddhism teaches people to become
good, to understand the law of cause and effect,
and to create wholesome merit. In other words, it
teaches: no fighting, no greed, no seeking, no
selfishness, no pursuit of personal gain, and no
- To create a better world and
transform war into peace, we must begin by
changing our minds.
- How can we make the world
peaceful? There's only one way: Come to a
Way-place of the Proper Dharma to study Buddhism,
repent of your mistakes, and begin anew. If
everyone can change their evil and go towards the
good, the three disasters and eight difficulties
will disappear. Then people will dwell in harmony
without fighting or coveting other's possessions,
and peace and justice will prevail in the world.
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