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August 28, 1973, Tuesday evening

87. On Vows About Memorization Skills

 

We were just discussing why Guo Yi [Bhikshuni Heng Yin] has such a good memory. Her good memory came about because in a past life when she cultivated, her Dharma peers and her teacher were all able to memorize sutras whereas she was unable to. She was quite stupid. Then she made a vow to praise cultivators who had good memories. She also vowed to bow to the Buddhas and ask the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to aid cultivators so they would all be blessed with especially excellent memories. For those reasons, now she has a sharper memory than anyone else. Because she wanted everyone to have a sharp memory, she herself has a good memory. She was not jealous. This is a matter of cause and effect.

 

(Timely Teachings. Ch. 1 Part III, page 108, following paragraph 2)