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Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 3 of 4 May 12, 2019

00:32:31

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 3 of 4 May 12, 2019

So, if you allow me to continue to do retreat, then maybe some of your dreams will come true quicker. Your love is like children, clinging to mother; you don't let go. I told you last week or the week before, I said, I'm going on retreat for one month and three days. Didn't I? (Yes, Master.) Even if you listened, you still come more than before! I have to try to do many things, and balance it, but it's not always easy. I just hope that I can do more before I leave this physical body. I feel time is very pressing. And, "Master, I pass the message from our contact person, they send their love to You and they're really grateful for Your love that showers them every day of their lives." Tell them the same, that I love them. The Kurd and the Iranian, they speak the same Persian language? They are at peace now, right? "Yes, better. It's getting better, thank You."
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2019-12-31   1119 Views
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2019-12-31

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 2 of 4 May 12, 2019

00:34:06

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 2 of 4 May 12, 2019

I’m sure other countries’people also have faith, and are also sincere, but I just feel more passionately from the Iranian people, that’s all. I don’t mean other people don’t have faith. But I just sense something from the Iranian people, so passionate, so strong. I am very privileged to know some spiritual people who are so sincere like that. I’m sure the Prophet, peace be upon Him, would be very, very happy with you and bless you. And please go home and tell all the Iranian people that I really love them, I really think of them a lot. Then, before I forget, I don’t know if I’ll come out again tomorrow, so I’ll give you some more (vegan) cakes to bring home. Last time I gave some, but these are new people. You can share. You can send by email. To other people. Tell them with all my love.
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2019-12-30   864 Views
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2019-12-30

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 1 of 4 May 12, 2019

00:33:42

Iranian People's Sincerity and Passion in Spiritual Practice, Part 1 of 4 May 12, 2019

You're also from Iran? Wow! Originally, I wanted to stay in my cave continuously, for one month and three days, I have announced that. And then you still come, and I don't have the heart to not see you. For you, to go through all these troubles to come here, I am also very touched. That's why I came here, especially because of you. "Initiates in Iran have asked us to deliver their respects to You, and tell You that they love You very much. You are very dear in their hearts." Thank you. I just feel like, Iranian people are the most sincere people. They would never have even one iota or one nano portion of doubt in their hearts, once they follow a Master. They are so sincere, so pure. I feel that way. "Iranian people would sacrifice everything they have, wherever they sense God's essence and presence, and we have sensed the essence and the presence of God in You." The Iranian people, the spiritual Iranian people, they are so passionate like that. So passionate! It's the way they feel inside.
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2019-12-29   1193 Views
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2019-12-29

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 8 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:39:25

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 8 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Sariputra and Tu Đạt (Sudatta), the prime minister, went to the Kỳ-đà (Jeta) Prince's garden and measured things. After measuring the land, then they began to build the ashram. They built one special high-level house with the kind of sandalwood, for smelling nice and also avoiding the insects to bite. So, it's for the Buddha, one special house, very high, for Buddha. And then, for the monks, it was a little bit further away, in 20 sections. The king and officials and others all came out with flowers and incense to greet the Buddha. It was so great a number of people. Everybody saw the Buddha and the all prostrated on the ground. And the Buddha came and sat on that dais, and emitting great Light to all directions and to 3,000 great Heavens. At that time the Buddha observed different people, different affinities, and different roots to teach them accordingly, as if a great doctor who knows different patients' sickness and treats them accordingly. So many people gained some benefit, elevated themselves to different positions of spiritual consciousness.
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2019-12-28   835 Views
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2019-12-28

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 7 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:31:51

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 7 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

So the king asked Tu Đạt (Sudatta) the prime minister, "Tu Đạt (Sudatta), the disciple of your Master already agreed, promised to come to compete. How come he's not here yet?" So Tu Đạt (Sudatta) said, "Your Majesty, let me go check it out. I'll go home and have a look." Then Sariputra, wearing good clothes and in a dignified manner then walked out very, very distinguishedly and majestically, as if he was a lion king. And when he arrived, the king, the officials, and even the six magic masters and all the citizens looked at him, feeling his composure, powerful composure. They just automatically all stood up to greet him, including the magic masters. And everybody prostrated to him as well. At that time Sariputra, wanting to change the concept of these citizens of this country, so he manifested more magic power. He flew into the sky, he could sit in the open space, he could walk in the open space, he could fly there. The whole assembly from king to citizens, seeing all this, they were very, very respectful, and then they believed in the Buddha's teachings.
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2019-12-27   879 Views
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2019-12-27

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 6 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:34:56

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 6 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Therefore the king said to them, “If your Buddha doesn’t win against these six magical masters, then the building of the ashram will stop.” To buy the garden, it’s already so difficult, and now, he cannot even build it. Golden all over, gold plated all the garden already, now, cannot build. And then the prime minister Tu Ðạt (Sudatta) was very sad. Next morning Sariputra saw that the prime minister was very sad. So he asked him, “Why are you so sad today? Is there any obstruction about the ashram?” So he said, “Respected Reverend, I don’t know if we could even build an ashram here. That’s why I’m very sad now.” “The six magician masters of the land want to compete in magical power with the Buddha or the Buddha’s disciples. If we win, then they’ll let us free, let us be, if not then there’s no chance. So I don’t even know if any of you respected Reverends can win (over) them, because I know them. They are very highly skilled in magical power. That’s why I’m so afraid, and so unhappy.”
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2019-12-26   759 Views
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2019-12-26

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 5 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:36:14

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 5 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Both of them went through the whole country, and hadn't seen anything, anywhere suitable except the park garden of Prince Kỳ-đà (Jeta). So Sariputra said to the prime minister Tu Đạt (Sudatta), "Oh, this one is good, because there are a lot of trees, a lot of shade, and it's not very near a noisy, dusty city. But it's also not too far. Because if it's too far, then it's very inconvenient for the monks to go begging for alms. If it's too near the city, then it's too noisy. It's difficult for them to concentrate, distracted, so it's very difficult to meditate." So the prime minister went to the prince and said, "Your Royal Highness, I have a lot of lands and gardens, and property, but they are not good enough for an ashram to invite the Buddha to our country to preach, so that all our citizens have benefit. We went everywhere. We saw only your garden is the best, very big, and a lot of trees, and very cool and shady. I would like to buy this garden from you to make an ashram for the Buddha. Will Your Highness agree?"
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2019-12-25   743 Views
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2019-12-25

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 4 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:35:57

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 4 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

So, he was so hurried. In the middle of the night he wanted to go out to see the Buddha. “Go, follower, go! Do not retreat. Do not feel worried. Even if you have the whole treasures of all this planet put together for you, it's still not comparable to walking one step toward where the Buddha stays and visiting Him. Even then the merits are even more than that, that I cannot compare and count for you.” The Tu Đạt (Sudatta) prime minister heard that. Oh, happy, happy. At that time, the Buddha then preached to him the four Wonderful Methods of Liberation, etc. The Tu Đạt (Sudatta) prime minister, after he heard that, he attained like one of the middle ranks of spiritual level of consciousness. So the Tu Đạt (Sudatta) saind to Him, “Obeisance to the World Honored One. I will invite You to the Xá Vệ (Sravasti) country. So all the country citizens will cut off the wrong concept, the wrong belief, and follow You.” So He called Sariputra and said, “Sariputra, Tu Đạt (Sudatta) wants to make an ashram to propagate the Buddha Dharma, to lead all beings there to turn to the right path in the Xá Vệ (Sravasti) country, so that he can invite me there to preach for Dharma. But he doesn't know how to do it. So you go there and help him to build the ashram.”
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2019-12-24   829 Views
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2019-12-24

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 3 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:33:11

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 3 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Lucky for him, he had a son who wanted to marry. Otherwise he had no chance to know the Buddha. So he said, “Vice (Deputy) Minister, who is the Buddha?” Hô Di, the buddy-in-law to be, said to him, “The Buddha was a prince. And then even when He was born, He walked seven steps. Because He observed that humans have four sufferings, like birth, old age, sickness, and death, so He left home. He had been an ascetic for six years. And then later, at the end He became a Buddha. His Light brightens many corners, even brightens the whole Three Worlds. That’s why we call Him Buddha.” “But Vice (Deputy) Minister, why is it called Sangha?” So the vice (deputy) minister told him, “After He became Buddha, the Brahma king came down and requested Him to impart teaching to all beings. And after the Buddha accepted that invitation, He went to the Deer park in Ba La Nại country. And then He stayed there and preached the four marvelous ways to deliver yourself and others from suffering. …All of them, 500 persons, all liberated. And then these people became meritorious enough, and they had enough power to be able to liberate other beings as well. That’s why we call them Sangha, meaning the assembly of saints.”
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2019-12-23   716 Views
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2019-12-23

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 2 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

00:39:31

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 2 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

Now it's Buddha story. In Xá Vệ (Sravasti) country at that time, there was a big official, probably a prime minister. His name is Tu Ðạt (Sudatta). He’s a very rich person, but he is very compassionate. He often gives away his properties, his wealth, to share with other people. It’s not like he’s rich and the prime minister and he’s very arrogant. No. He’s a good, good, good person as well. He often gives things to people who are lonely, or have no one, or are in trouble, or poor. So they called him Cấp Cô Dộc (Anathapindika). Meaning, giving to the vulnerable, the lonesome, to whoever is lonesome, or like widows, and orphans, and elderly who have no one to care for (them). He had seven sons, and six of them were already married. The seventh also was very moral, morally fit and a distinguished person. He was beautiful looking, also. The last one was his favorite. And now one of the Brahman's good friends came one day. "I would like to ask you a favor. Please go and check really thoroughly to see which is a really good family's daughter. Almost equal in status, and good, good, good behavior, good moral standards, truly a virtuous girl. Also have to be clean and pure, and beautiful looking. And then, ask if they'd marry my son for me…."
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2019-12-22   717 Views
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2019-12-22

Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 1 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

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Buddhist Stories: The Layperson Who Offered an Ashram to the Buddha, Part 1 of 8 Aug. 15, 2015

In the Buddha's time, there was a person named Vimalakirti. He was a layperson, a lay disciple of the Buddha. But his wisdom was so high, He was a great bodhisattva. Many people were delivered because of him, liberated because of him. Sometimes the bodhisattvas are not born to be monks. But to be a layperson, so that... It's doing a different job. Like Quan Yin Bodhisattva, She/He manifested in different appearances, sometimes as a princess, things like that, for different affinity with beings on this planet. So you laypeople also don't feel despair. Just different choices. If you have an enlightened way, a method, then you will also reach the high level. Depends on sincerity. I'm reading you of a layperson who made an offering of an ashram to the Buddha. I love all of you. And you can always count on me in any time of need, all the time, all the time, 24/7. All your life, and the next life, and the next life, I will always be with you. It doesn't matter who and what level you are.
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2019-12-21   1070 Views
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2019-12-21

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

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

So, Manjusri continued speaking. “I bow to the Ones, and the Tripitaka, And to those inconceivable ones with no outflows, Trusting they will aid those in the future, So that no one will doubt this Dharma-door. …for those immersed in the final age, they should cultivate this organ of hearing, A perfect penetration that surpasses all others. It is the way to the true Bodhi." "Thereupon, Ananda and all in the great assembly experienced a clarity of body and mind. Having attained such profound instruction, they contemplated the Buddha’s Bodhi and Parinirvana. …Throughout the entire assembly, the gods, dragons, and all the eightfold division, …Found their fundamental mind and, far removed from dust and defilement, attained the purity of the Dharma Eye.” Up until bhiksus who do not wear silk, who do not wear leather boots, furs, or down, etc., and not consume milk, cream, or butter, can truly transcend this world. But must practice also the Quan Yin Method; that’s what He meant.
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2019-12-20   957 Views
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2019-12-20

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 6 of 7 April 8, 2019

00:32:42

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 6 of 7 April 8, 2019

“Thus Come Ones of the past perfected this method. Bodhisattvas now merge with this total brightness. People of the future who study and practice, will also rely on this Dharma. Through this method I, too, have been certified.” Manjusri. “Quan Shi Yin Bodhisattva was not alone in using it. As the Buddha, the World Honored One, requested, I choose sincerely a skill-in-means, to save those in the final aeon, Who seek to escape the mundane world, And perfect the heart of Nirvana, the best way is to contemplate the Sounds.” Meditating on the (inner Heavenly) Sound, the Sounds of the universe. The vibration that we are listening to every day. “All the other kinds of expedients Require the awesome spirit of the Buddha.” The Buddha’s blessing. Otherwise, not because of the touch, not because of the taste that they get enlightened. The Buddha, their Master, blessed them at that time.
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2019-12-19   1102 Views
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2019-12-19

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 5 of 7 April 8, 2019

00:34:24

The Surangama Sutra: Twenty-Five Means to Enlightenment, Session Six, Part 5 of 7 April 8, 2019

He said to Ananda personally, “Ananda, you should listen attentively: I rely upon the Budddha’s awesome power, in describing to you the Vajra King, A samadhi inconceivable of likeness to illusions. It is the true mother of all Buddhas. You may hear the secret Dharma-doors, of Buddhas as numerous as motes of dust, But without first renouncing desire and outflows, You may amass learning, but you will still make mistakes. You concentrate on learning to uphold the Buddha’s Dharma, why don’t you listen to your own hearing? …As soon as one sense-organ returns to the Source, The entire six organs are liberated.” So, using the hearing organ, the true hearing organ, you can liberate all the other six organs. I guess after that, the Buddha felt that it was time to impart to him the Quan Yin Method to protect him. Because if you practice this Quan Yin Method to the full, then even Matangi’s daughter, you will see it as just an illusionary figure or dreamlike, so you will not be charmed by any mantra, even the most powerful one. You will counteract it with that and no problem, you will be free. That’s what he meant.
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2019-12-18   1032 Views
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2019-12-18

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

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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   1005 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   1514 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

00:33:19

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   1458 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

00:33:12

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   1333 Views
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2019-12-14

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

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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   898 Views
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2019-12-13

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

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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   875 Views
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2019-12-12
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