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The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 4 of 7 April 8, 2019

00:34:27

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 4 of 7 April 8, 2019

This guy, he is very wise. My God, for 25 methods he cut them all. He said, “All activities are impermanent. …I now say this, to the Buddha, who has revealed the Saha world: In this land the true substance of teaching resides in hearing the Sounds, purely. If one wants to attain samadhi, hearing the inner Sound is the best way to enter. …I now make this report, O Thus Come One, regarding what Quan Yin has just explained: It is like someone in a quiet place When drums are rolled throughout the ten directions, Hearing at once the Sounds from all ten places. This, then, is the actual true perfection.” The inner (Heavenly) Sounds, it’s not from any musical instrument nearby. It’s the original universal Sound. The vibration. Just use the ear organs, but not to hear with the ears. This is the thing. To hear without hearing, to see without looking, that is the best. But only you understand, because you practice it, because you are transmitted this Method.
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2019-12-17   939 Views
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2019-12-17

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 3 of 7 April 8, 2019

00:33:59

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 3 of 7 April 8, 2019

He explained from the beginning of our worldly existence already, how it came to materialize. It came only from emptiness, from nothing, and the thought also came from nothing. And the body, the form also came from emptiness. Therefore, he said like that first before he analyzed which method is OK, which is not. So, he said now. “Form and thought combined become the ‘dust.’ Their essence is not discernible. How can one use what lacks clarity, And expect to gain perfect penetration?” Because many of the Bodhisattvas beforehand, they said they used the touch or the water or whatever. So, he said any form, anything that has form or mental quality, is dust, is nothing. You cannot rely on them. They’re not reliable for you to have a perfect concentration. If you cannot concentrate well, then you cannot enter samadhi, that’s what he meant My calendar says so.
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2019-12-16   1305 Views
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2019-12-16

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 2 of 7 April 8, 2019

00:33:20

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 2 of 7 April 8, 2019

Thank Manjusri Bodhisattva, for concentrating all these 25 methods in a short poem for us. “The sea of enlightenment in Nature is perfect and clear. Complete, distinct Bodhi is a miraculous source. But when basic brightness shone so that objects appeared, With objects’ existence, the Nature’s brilliance ceased. Confusion and falseness bring about emptiness. Relying on emptiness, time and space take form. Thoughts settle, making countries and lands. What knows and feels becomes living beings. The emptiness created within Great Enlightenment, Is like a single bubble in all the sea. Lands like fine dust motes, subject to outflows, All come forth out of empty space. Just as the bubble bursts, space is no longer there. How much the less the three states of being! Returning to the Source, the Nature is not two. Many are the entrances through expedients; None of them does the sagely Nature fail to go through. Compliant or adverse, all is expedient. First resolve and entering samadhi, Come slow or fast as there are different norms.”
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2019-12-15   1270 Views
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2019-12-15

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 1 of 7 April 8, 2019

00:33:11

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 1 of 7 April 8, 2019

The Buddha said that He wanted to cause Ananda to become enlightened. So, He asked Manjusri to contemplate all the 25 Arhats, irreversible Arhats, non-returnable Bodhisattvas, that told you 25 methods. "Could you explain it to Ananda and the assembly and the beings after my [the Buddha's] extinction, after my Nirvana, which expedient door is the best?" Means all good, good, good. so now, because He wants Ananda to be enlightened quicker. Ananda wasn't enlightened at all, at that point, and being with Buddha all this time, staying next to Him. Memorized so many, many discourses and miracles that happened within the assembly, within the followers of the Buddha. Imagine that?! So, intellectual cleverness or sharp faculty of memory means nothing. But we have to thank the Reverend Ananda for all of this.
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2019-12-14   1172 Views
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2019-12-14

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 5 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

00:31:17

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 5 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

Love is not a bar to spiritual progress. It’s just attachment is a different thing. I can’t really explain it. Some couples are very loving together, and they’re OK. And other couples look like also loving together, but it’s attachment. You understand? You two are love! Because you are highly developed persons, so you have real love, understand? It’s different. But attachment really will slow you down. It’s just we all have artistic tendency within us. Because we came from the Creator, it’s the urge to create, beautiful things. We came from beautiful planets, and we came from beautiful worlds. We came from beauty, truth, and virtues. So even in the human form, we’re so encased, so blind, and so locked up, we still feel the urge to do it. Some people feel more, some people feel less. It depends on the situation that they can develop or not.
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2019-12-13   765 Views
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2019-12-13

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 4 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

00:29:34

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 4 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

All the qualities that you pointed out from all the different brothers, they are good qualities. They are excellent qualities. So I do hope that they keep them, and I do hope that you imitate them. First, you imitate by outward repetition, later, it will become your nature. And the Buddha will not feel that he’s a Buddha. Sometimes he does, but sometimes not. The ones who become Buddhas, they had already been practicing before. And they… like not from a very low level, so it’s easier. And some of the persons had been my disciples before, but they had not reached the Fifth Level. And this guy had been a disciple of somebody else before. And I just continue to push him up a little bit. I mean not this life, but other lifetimes. He came from like Third Level. He came down here to advance his spiritual grade. That’s their special purpose. They come here just for that. So you can see they’re very devoted. Just one way to go.
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2019-12-12   733 Views
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2019-12-12

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 3 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

00:30:54

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 3 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

I want to tell you there's another Buddha who sits among you. (Wow!) This time you guess, OK? Whomever you pointed before, I want to ask you why, OK? Why? (He is very patient and tolerant.) But that is not the only requirement. I'm teaching you by explaining to you the quality you admired, whether it's enough or not to have it as a mark of a Buddha. Just qualities, just character. But we need more than that. Lots of points. When we say one level... It's not a number. It's a vast dimension of spiritual attainment. I'm telling. This guy. (Wow!) I knew it before he came already. I asked for a special ID. But he needed a little push, you know, afterward. There! We celebrate again!
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2019-12-11   842 Views
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2019-12-11

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 2 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

00:34:14

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 2 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

My phone is there. …Can you imagine? Today we’re so advanced. The whole world is connected just by this little apparatus. Incredible, no? So if we are a little bit more advanced, we don’t need this. Just direct. Right now we are already very advanced, no? Like you’re at home, you can talk to me. Well, I hear, but sometimes you don’t hear, that’s the problem, like one-way traffic. Soon, soon, soon we both can hear each other. It’ll be better, then you’ll never do anything wrong. Yes!
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2019-12-10   908 Views
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2019-12-10

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 1 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

00:35:27

The Essence of a Buddha, Part 1 of 5 Feb. 28, 2005

Maybe I was born a Hungarian some other day, because I love (vegan) goulash very much. When I was alone, that was what I cooked. Well, I didn’t think it was goulash per se, but I cooked like that, similar, all the time. It’s a normal Chinese restaurant. And I just told her: “Cook whatever. All of us are vegetarian (vegan). We don’t even taste fish or sauce, meat sauce or anything; so please just bring anything that’s pure vegetarian (vegan). Please wash the cooking utensils.” And they did exactly. It tasted so good! It didn’t stink. And it tasted really good! They cooked with love! I was so pleased, I gave them double the price. I always love the Chinese. When they are abroad, they have a lot of hardship. Strange land, strange language. So I always, whenever I can buy things from the Chinese shop, I always buy.
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2019-12-09   1108 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-09

Formosa Is a Blessed Land with Many Heaven Gates, Part 2 of 2 Jan. 12, 2018

00:41:47

Formosa Is a Blessed Land with Many Heaven Gates, Part 2 of 2 Jan. 12, 2018

And in any case, but now the only room I have is my bedroom. The bedroom is small, but it’s OK, good enough. A bed and a sofa and a little table. Today I thought, “Oh, I should have shown him my house, so he doesn’t have illusions that I live in a very well and comfortable house.” Even in the corridor, dogs are there. And the veranda, also dogs, so that they can run up and down when they are inside the house. So, I have only a little space to put these two racks to hang my clothes on. That’s my property, shared with them. So he thinks I live very well there. And every time I come in and out of the bedroom and I have to be very quiet. I do everything in the bedroom: praying, meditating, and eating, sometimes. I put medicine there and some necessary stuff. That’s how well I live. It just looks good, it’s not much. It looks very big, but it’s just the roof is big and the outside, the terrace is big, but all the dogs are there.
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2019-12-08   1178 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-08

Formosa Is a Blessed Land with Many Heaven Gates, Part 1 of 2 Jan. 12, 2018

00:30:22

Formosa Is a Blessed Land with Many Heaven Gates, Part 1 of 2 Jan. 12, 2018

Thirty-Three Heaven Gates concentrates on one little island. None of the countries have that much. No. Big ones don't have that much. You guys are very lucky, to be Taiwanese and to be sitting here. Here is a big number as well. Big number concentrated on this one. Kaohsiung, here we have eleven. (Wow.) That's one third. Only this small Center have eleven. There's another island, like two in Penghu. And the Green Island, they call it Green Island, "Lu Dao," has one. So, three outside, thirty on the main island, and we have eleven over here. Don't you think you're very lucky beings? Therefore, we have about 98% spiritual value. So you come here, you have more spiritual support, right? Because Heaven Gates give you very positive energy to help you when you meditate.
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2019-12-07   1733 Views
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2019-12-07

State of the Five Worlds, Part 4 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

00:37:17

State of the Five Worlds, Part 4 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

The Third Level being, can manifest on earth in the flesh for fifteen days, two weeks' vacation. That's a long time! The Third Level, they don't need to eat. They also don't procreate. They can use their power to create any friend or family member they like. Fifteen days is their visa. Fourth Level beings, they can stay 20 days. Even without food. They don't eat. Even if they're in the physical body, they could also manifest their own food to survive in this physical planet. 20 days. And the Fifth Level beings, if they want to come here to the planet to visit, or to help in manifestation, manifested in a physical body, they can stay 30 days without damaging their spiritual essence. Without feeling much pressure. 30 days, they can stay.
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2019-12-06   1009 Views
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2019-12-06

State of the Five Worlds, Part 3 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

00:37:56

State of the Five Worlds, Part 3 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

Let’s go to the Second Level. The further, the higher, the less to talk about. The Second Level beings can come down to Earth in the physical flesh which they manifest themselves by their own power. They can stay… that physical body can last for eight days. They don't need food in these eight days. They will just look like you. And they can talk in any language they want. And you’ll never know where they come from! Perfect accent, perfect intelligence, perfect knowledge of everything. They know everything from the Second Level, no? The library contains everything, every country, every small being. The Second Level has a library. You want to know anybody's history, you can go there and check it out. So, nobody can ever push them into a corner where they’ll never be able to answer, so they never get into trouble.
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2019-12-05   1004 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-05

State of the Five Worlds, Part 2 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

00:37:37

State of the Five Worlds, Part 2 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

And then we go to the mountain of the Astral. The Astral animals even can manifest into human form and come to the earth, our world, the physical world, and can visit for two days in the physical body form. And the Astral beings themselves, they look like us, just more beautiful, they can stay five days in the physical form. And you can't even stay five minutes in the Second world or Third world. The humans have more disadvantage, and do not know anything of this manifestation power. Very pitiful! So the Master of the higher level comes down and awakens in them this power and says, "You have it, baby, you have it! Just use it!" Try to train yourself again and clean yourself, refining, and then you'll become that, the pure essence that you had before.
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2019-12-04   1093 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-04

State of the Five Worlds, Part 1 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

00:36:01

State of the Five Worlds, Part 1 of 4 Feb. 28, 2005

Some of you were wondering… the whole history of the Five Worlds. The physical world is the leftover from the Astral creation. After creating the Astral, the heavy stuff settled down at the bottom and became the physical world, which is a fantastic world, I’m telling you. It’s the only one that has a physical body. And then, whatever’s left, whatever is heavier than the physical, then it even sinks lower to the bottom of the creation, and we call it hell. There is no such level like that. It’s infinite. But still, each level is like that. Fine. So whatever’s in the same level is hell, whatever is the same level is physical, whatever is the same level of fineness is Astral, etc. etc. And the finer, the higher. So hell persons are permitted on earth four hours at a time, without a body. And if he wants to manifest in the body, two hours.
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2019-12-03   1459 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-03

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 11 of 11 April 7, 2019

00:35:11

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 11 of 11 April 7, 2019

“World Honored One, that Buddha, the Thus Come One, praised me as having obtained well the Dharma-door of perfect penetration. In the great assembly He bestowed a prediction upon me and the name, Quan Shi Yin.” “Because my contemplation and listening is perfectly clear throughout the ten directions, the name Quan Shi Yin pervades all the realms of the ten directions.” “The World Honored One upon the Lion’s Throne emitted simultaneously from His five extremities a precious Light which shone far throughout the ten directions to anoint the crowns of as many Thus Come Ones and Dharma-Prince Bodhisattvas as there are motes of dust.” “It was an unprecedented event for everyone in the great assembly, and they all attained the Vajra samadhi.” Suddenly, everybody sat all quietly, and all entered samadhi, completely out of this world because of all the Buddhas shining all the Lights to that assembly. Lucky people.
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2019-12-02   1073 Views
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2019-12-02

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 10 of 11 April 7, 2019

00:32:16

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 10 of 11 April 7, 2019

“Because of hearing and consideration, I escape the six defiling objects, just as a sound leaps over a wall without hindrance. And so, I have the wonderful ability to manifest shape after shape and to recite mantra upon mantra.” “These shapes and these mantras dispel the fears of living beings. Therefore, throughout the ten directions, in as many lands as there are fine motes of dust, I am known as one who bestows fearlessness.” “…The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. From the gateway of the ear, I obtained a perfect and illumining samadhi. The conditioned mind was at ease, and therefore I entered the appearance of the flow, and obtaining samadhi, I accomplished Bodhi. This is the foremost method.” The Buddha says that all Buddhas are reliant on the Sound Stream to come down to the world to deliver sentient beings. And all Buddhas, also enlightened Beings, are reliant on the Sound Stream to go back to the original Source. The vibration currents that all beings have to rely on to achieve what they want to achieve or to go Home. It’s like a highway.
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2019-12-01   1083 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-12-01

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 9 of 11 April 7, 2019

00:42:51

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 9 of 11 April 7, 2019

"Because I have obtained the perfect penetration of the sense-organ and have discovered the wonder of the ear entrance, after which my body and mind subtly and miraculously included all of the Dharma Realm, I am able to make it so that living beings who uphold my name obtain as much merit and virtue as would be obtained by a person who upheld the names of all those Dharma Princes who are as many as the grains of sand in 62 Ganges Rivers." "World Honored One," Quan Yin Bodhisattva continued, "there is no difference between the merit of my one name and the merit of those many other names, because from my cultivation I obtained true and perfect penetration." Therefore, She can go everywhere. She can manifest Herself into all different lands and different countries, different realms, and speak to different beings to awaken them and liberate them, because of Her power, because of that. She concentrates so much, that there is no more physical world for Her. All is just pure, pure Light and power, spiritual power.
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2019-11-30   1261 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-11-30

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 8 of 11 April 7, 2019

00:36:18

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 8 of 11 April 7, 2019

"When the hearing permeates and the essence is bright, Light pervades the Dharma Realm, so that absolutely no darkness remains." So, Quan Yin Bodhisattva even can protect people from the ghosts. "When the sound is gone and the hearing is perfected, and all-pervasive power of compassion arises, and I can make it so that if living beings are travelling a dangerous road, thieves will not rob them." "When one is permeated with hearing, one separates from worldly objects, and forms cannot rob one. Then I can make it so that living beings with a great deal of desire can leave greed and desire far behind." But only when She contemplates on the sound and separates Herself from the physical body. She entered samadhi. She entered into the universal all-pervasive, all-omnipresent, the universal power. When She enters and partakes of that, then She can do all this and that, and all this. That is the response body.
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2019-11-29   1016 Views
Between Master and Disciples
2019-11-29

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 7 of 11 April 7, 2019

00:35:52

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Five, Part 7 of 11 April 7, 2019

Now this is the second power. She has 14 different other powers, apart from manifesting bodies for different purposes. “Second: since my knowledge and views have turned around and come back,” meaning turned inward already, “I can make it so that if living beings are caught in a raging fire, the fire will not burn them.” If someone believes in Her, in Quan Yin Bodhisattva, and reveres Her all his life, and calling Her for help, maybe with all sincerity, in desperate situation, She will help him. “Third: since contemplation and listening have turned around and come back,” back to the origin of the source, not the ear, but the inside, the hearing, true hearing faculty, true hearing ability, “I can make it so that if living beings are floundering in deep water, the water cannot drown them.” “Fourth: since false thinking is cut off,” means She has no more false concept, only pure, correct truth, “and my mind is without thoughts of killing or harming ever, I can make it so that if living beings enter the territory of ghosts, the ghosts cannot harm them.”
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2019-11-28   1046 Views
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2019-11-28
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