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January 26, 1974 (Saturday evening) 

185. On Being Responsible for the Options One Chooses

Ven. Master Hua

    

Suppose a nun wants to be a monkís good advisoróto the point of hitting him or even killing him. If you want to be a good advisor, then you canít be afraid of incurring offenses and falling into the hells. You have to want only to help people cultivate the Way. Do not assume that by taking on the appearance of a rakshasa ghost you will actually be able to help people cultivate. Anyone who wants to be a rakshasa ghost can simply lose her temper and scold people. If you want to be a Bodhisattva, simply be cheerful and happy. 

 

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