English|Vietnamese

 

Keep Control of Your Own Mind

Ven. Master Hsuan Hua's Talk at Oregon University

 

Homage to all the infinitely many eternally dwelling Buddhas of the ten directions and three periods of time, to the exhaustion of empty space and throughout the Dharma Realm.

Homage to all the infinitely many eternally dwelling honored Dharmas of the ten directions and three periods of time, to the exhaustion of empty space and throughout the Dharma Realm.

Homage to all the infinitely many eternally dwelling Worthy Sages of the Sangha of the ten directions and three periods of time, to the exhaustion of empty space and throughout the Dharma Realm.

Homage to all the infinitely many eternally dwelling Pratimokshas of the ten directions and three periods of time, to the exhaustion of empty space and throughout the Dharma Realm.

Homage to the Thus Come One, the One Worthy of Offerings, the One of Proper and Pervasive Knowledge, the Doubly Complete Honored One, the Well-Gone One, the One Who Understands the World, the Unsurpassed Knight, the Taming and Regulating Hero, the Teacher of Gods and Humans, Buddha the World Honored One.

 

Buddhism emphasizes cause and effect. That kind of cycle of cause and retribution is not off by a hair’s breadth. Whatever cause you plant, you will reap the corresponding retribution. If you plant good causes, you will reap good results; but if you plant bad causes, the results you harvest will be bad. If you plant the cause of scolding people, you will reap the harvest of being beaten. If you plant the cause of beating people, you will reap the harvest of having people kill you. The ancients said: "If you kill someone’s father, someone will kill your father. If you kill someone’s brother, someone will kill your brother." As is the cause, so is the result.

We living beings fear the results but do not fear the causes. While planting causes we are not careful, and only start to worry when we experience the results. Bodhisattvas fear the causes but are not afraid of the results. When planting causes, Bodhisattvas are very cautious and careful. When the time comes to undergo retribution however, they calmly undergo that retribution and do not try to get out of it. That is the difference in the way living beings think and the way Bodhisattvas think.

Someone with greatness of mind will have a great reward of blessings. A small-minded person will have a reward of blessings that is small. To have greatness of mind is the great cause which in the future will reap a great result. You should realize, "Everything is made from the mind alone." The ancients had a saying describing the (Chinese) character for the mind: "Three dots like an array of stars, and a curved hook like a crescent moon. Wearing fur (as an animal) comes from this, and becoming a Buddha is from it, too."

That being the case, we should not do any evil and instead offer up all good conduct. Becoming a Buddha is from a single thought of the mind. If you are unable to keep watch over your own mind, even though the mind is inside, it is always running outside, striking up false thoughts. Distantly it reaches the halls of heaven or the hells; more nearby it goes to New York or San Francisco. You can never keep your own mind under control. Cultivation of the Way is cultivation of a single thought of the mind. If you can focus your mind at a single point, with that concentration you can accomplish anything.

 

A talk given on May 3, 1987


Trở về trang nhà