THE TEACHINGS OF
The Teachings of Venerable Master
; Buddhism is an education, not a reli-
gion. We do not worship the Buddha,
we respect him as a teacher. His teach-
ings enable us to leave suffering and
; What does Buddha mean? "Buddha"
means enlightenment/ understanding.
Complete understanding is when one
realizes the truth about life and the
universe. It is when one is apart from
; Cultivation is practiced in our everyday
life. We should not see it as something
unusual, it is simply changing our-
selves for the better.
; To keep our mind pure and at peace is
like keeping a pond clean and undis-
turbed. When the water is clear and
still, it can reflect the sky, sun, and trees just as they are, without distor-tion. Our mind is the same. When we are polluted by greed, hatred, igno-rance, and disturbed by discriminations and attachments, we distort our picture of reality and fail to see things as they are. Wrong perceptions of reality can prevent us from enjoying a clear and happy life.
; Learn to turn the light around, reflect upon yourself and smooth your mind-pond still. Everything outside of our-selves are equal in themselves; the gar-bage does not feel it is unclean, and the flower does not know it is fragrant, there is no such thing as discrimina-tion. We must let our mind be at peace without attachments, this is true hap-piness.
; There are a lot of music in our society now which promote violence, greed, and hatred. To maintain a peaceful
mind, we should refrain from listening
to these the best we can.
; Anyone who still harbours arrogance, a
self, cannot receive the true teachings
of the Buddha.
; What is purity? Purity is apart from
defilement. Defilement is the greed,
hatred, and stupidity present in our
minds. Cultivation is cleansing these
impurities from our hearts.
; Cultivation is not something unusual, it
is part of our everyday life. Whenever
we recognize and correct our faults, we
; How do we know when our cultivation
has improved? The time comes when
we begin to understand the sutras
deeper, when we can read between the
lines and realize the true meaning of
the Buddha's teachings. This is when
our cultivation has improved.
; “What goes around comes around”,
“Treat others the way you would like to
be treated”. If we want world peace
for ourselves and future generations,
we should refrain from evil acts and
; To be mindful of the Buddha is to dwell
in true wisdom.
; The ultimate goal to which all methods
of cultivation lead is the complete pure
and equanimous mind. It is our origi-
nal nature, our Buddha-nature.
; Success is reached only after over-
coming great obstacles.
; The Buddha’s teachings should be
introduced as an education, not a
religion. Using spiritual penetrations
and psychic abilities to attract people to
believe in Buddhism is not the proper
teachings and only serves to mislead
; We should not be afraid to see our
faults and mistakes because only then
can they be corrected. People who fail
to see their own mistakes will not be
able to change for the better.
; A student of the Buddha does not just
read Buddhist texts, he/she studies
them to reach a deeper understanding
of life and the universe and puts the
teachings into practice in everyday life.
; Seeing another’s fault is the greatest
fault in itself.
; In putting the teachings into practice,
the first thing we should cultivate is the
Pure Heart. The Pure Heart is a mind
without discrimination or attachments.
We must also develop proper un-
derstanding by listening to expla-
nations of the Buddha's Teachings.
; We should treat all people with respect
and sincerity. We must be responsible
for our actions and careful when
handling other's properties. Be conser-
vative with speech and actions to avoid
; Listen more, speak less.
; Filial Piety and Respect are the roots of
; Be considerate and kind in your
speech. To put-down another person is
only proving your own arrogance and
lack of self-confidence to others.
; The root of people's sufferings and
sicknesses is discrimination and attach-
ment to unrealistic things. The Bud-
dha's Teachings tell us how to detach
ourselves and not to discriminate. If we
listen and practice according to the
Teachings, we will be at great ease in
this world of confusion.
; The difference between the success and
failure of cultivation lies in your
learning attitude. Be humble, sincere,
and respectful. Don't think you're on
top of everything.
; To often criticize is not a good matter.
We should try to see the good points in
; Practicing virtue is to keep a kind
heart, speak kind words, and do kind
acts to benefit others.
; We should cultivate a sincere heart, a
pure heart, an equanimous heart, and a
great compassionate heart.
; At a place of proper cultivation, the
Teacher guides the way and fellow stu-
dents support each other along the
way; we should cherish both equally.
; We must rely upon fellow cultivators to
correct our faults. If we cannot accept
criticism from others, we will never
reach attainment in our cultivation.
; Learn to use time wisely. When dealing with people and matters, be clear of what you're going to do from be-ginning to end, don't waste time daw-dling around. If time is used wisely, there will be plenty of time left to practice diligence.
; When we live together at a place of proper cultivation, we must be mutu-ally respectful as well as harmonious.
; The Buddha helps those who have af-finity with Him. The question of affin-ity rests in whether the person accepts the Teachings or not. The Buddha's compassion and Teachings extend over all living beings, just as the sun shines evenly over the great earth. Those who hide in the shade cannot receive the benefits of the sunshine, just as those who cover themselves in ignorance cannot benefit from the Buddha's Teachings.
; We should truly believe there is heaven
and hell. If we practice kind deeds, our
future will be in heaven. If we commit
evil acts, our future will be in hell.
; Don't be jealous of others, you only
harm yourself in the process.
; Wisdom is a must if we truly wish to
propagate the Teachings and benefit
living beings. Don't use emotions when
helping others, use wisdom and be rea-
sonable. If we use emotions when deal-
ing with people and matters, it often
makes a good thing go bad.
; A wise mind is like a mirror, reflecting
and perceiving everything clearly
; A student of the Buddha should strictly
abide by the laws of the nation, society,
moral codes, and discipline himself/
herself in the teachings of the Buddha.