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September 14, 1974 | Saturday noon

On Advice Upon Entering Seclusion

Ven. Master Hsuan Hua  

 

One of my disciples is going into seclusion. Last night he asked me about the practice of seclusion. Here’s my comment:

 

Everything’s a test

To see what you will do.

If you mistake what’s before your face,

Don't start all over again.

 

[Editor’s note: The Master changed the last line a little. Usually it goes, “You’ll have to start anew”] Don’t go back to the beginning; just pick up where you left off.

 

Timely Teachings, page 297.