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The Teachings of Venerable Maste

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The Teachings of Venerable Maste

THE TEACHINGS OF

VENERABLE MASTER

CHIN KUNG

    The Teachings of Venerable Master

     Chin Kung

    ; 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

    attain happiness.

    ; 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

    all delusions.

    ; 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

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    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

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    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

    are cultivating.

    ; 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.

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    ; “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

    cultivate kindness.

    ; 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

    others.

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    ; 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

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    handling other's properties. Be conser-

    vative with speech and actions to avoid

    harming others.

; Listen more, speak less.

    ; Filial Piety and Respect are the roots of

    good conduct.

    ; 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,

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    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

    others.

    ; 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.

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    ; 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.

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    ; 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

    with-out distortion.

    ; 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.

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