Teachings of Master Hsuan Hua

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When the ancients studied it was because they wanted to understand principles,
to clearly understand the path-principles important to being a person. [They
wished to understand] how to refrain from any form of bad and how to uphold the
practice of the many kinds of good. They studied filial piety, brotherly respect,
loyalty, trustworthiness, propriety, righteousness, humility, and a sense of shame.
Those who pursue studies in this present era all do it for the sake of fame and
profit. The "ming-li" which means "to understand principle" and the "ming-li"
which means fame and profit" are about the same in sound, but in their
implementation they are complete opposites and are separated by one hundred
and eight thousand miles. Those who study for the sake of fame and profit are just
figuring that if they study some particular subject then they'll be able to make lots
of money. For instance, if one plans to study medicine or perhaps the sciences,
they can always make lots of money. But they never think, "I'm going to follow
this course of study because in the future I want to be able to contribute to the
good fortune and blessings of humankind." If one takes up the study of medicine
it ought to be in order to rescue the world and save people so that one can benefit
others while also benefitting oneself.
Translated by Bhikshu Dharmamitra
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Good and Evil Are Not Beyond a Single Thought

“Do no evil deeds; practice all good deeds; purify your own mind: this is what all Buddhas teach.” This
is the truth of Buddhism. The world is a mess because, although everyone understands the above
statement, nobody puts it into practice.

In this meditation retreat, we are engaged in reforming our evil ways. This is a perfect chance to turn over
a new leaf and start anew. A single thought of evil can cause gales, deluges, and tragic disasters. Yet if
every person in the world could uphold the Five Precepts and practice the Ten Good Deeds, the world
would enjoy seasonal rains and gentle winds, and all nations and their citizens would be at peace. To put
it simply, if everyone from the national leader down to the ordinary citizens could observe the Five
Precepts and practice the Ten Good Deeds, they would surely be blessed with ample clothing and
sufficient food, and their lives would be satisfying and happy. But any country whose people break the
Five Precepts and violate the Ten Good Deeds will, beyond a shadow of a doubt, be full of broken
families and civil strife; it will be a poor and weak nation whose citizens suffer deprivation and hardship.

Investigating Chan is simply a process of refraining from killing, stealing, lustful conduct, lying, and using
intoxicants. In the meditation hall, we concentrate our minds on the investigation: raising a question, then
letting it go. We busily ask the question “Who?” and look into it at all times, putting a stop to all other
thoughts. Doing this is nothing less than holding the Five Precepts and putting into practice the Ten Good
Deeds. Thus, as soon as we sit down in the meditation hall, we are replete with the Five Precepts and the
Ten Good Deeds. For this reason we must not waste time on useless idle thoughts. We should instead
seize the time and ask, “Who is mindful of the Buddha?”
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Master Hua continues:
During your meditation, you should work hard and advance with determination. Reflect inwardly, seek
your true self. Ask yourself, “How many evil thoughts have I created” How many good thoughts? How
main idle thoughts have I let arise?” Take an inventory:

Bring forth the good thoughts that have not yet arisen;
Increase the good thoughts that have already arisen.
Suppress the evil thoughts that have not yet emerged;
Wipe out all the evil thoughts that have already occurred.


This is the foundation of a beginner’s career in cultivation.

The world faces imminent destruction because peoples’ evil thoughts outnumber their good thoughts. A
thought of goodness increases the proper energy in the world; a thought of evil increases the world’s bad
energy. We want to transform bad energy into auspicious, peaceful energy. Bad energy refers to noxious,
toxic energy. Each thought of greed increases the harmful energy in the universe. Each thought of hatred
increases the harmful energy in the universe. Each thought of stupidity increases the harmful energy in the
universe. If we do things using greed, hatred, and stupidity, then the world will be a murky, dark place,
and disasters will occur. If we use precepts, concentration, and wisdom to solve our problems, then
heaven and earth will be pure and peaceful. That’s why it’s said that wherever evil people prevail,
calamities will abound. Wherever good people prevail, good fortune will abound. In general, both
disasters and good fortune are made by people.
From Venerable Master Hua’s Talks on Dharma
Volume Three
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If we want to learn to have genuine wisdom, we must first cut off desire. How do we cut off desire? By not fighting, not being greedy, not seeking, not being selfish, not pursuing personal advantage, and not lying. These six great principles are the Dharma jewels for cutting off desire and obtaining genuine wisdom.
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Buddhist disciples should endure starvation, endure cold, endure thirst, and endure hunger. Everything we disciples do should accord with the Buddhadharma. We should not be greedy to eat good food, wear good clothes, or live in fine places. We should not be greedy for enjoyment. Enduring suffering puts an end to suffering, but enjoying blessings uses up blessings.
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Basically, there is only one precept—not being selfish. If people are selfish, they will violate the precepts. If they are not selfish, they will not violate the precepts.
In cultivating, we have to turn things around. What does that mean? It means we give the good things to others, and keep the bad things for ourselves. We give up the small self in order to realize the great self.
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If we lie, then no matter what mantra we recite, it will not be efficacious. Nor will any Sutra we recite have efficacy. If we want to be able to recite mantras or recite Sutra and obtain a response or have some accomplishment, then we cannot lie. We must be honest and speak true and actual words, not false or frivolous words.
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This taught some of his disciples a great deal, but it was an event not a verbal teaching:

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A couple of his disciples were going on a bowing pilgrimage for world peace. One was given the task of protecting the other, Master Hua gave the Dharma protector a "secret" method to do this:

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Hostile Christian demonstrators gather at the gate to City of 10000 Buddhas. The fear demonic Buddhism. Master goes out and talks to them - they become friendly:

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Here is the playlist of all the Memoir videos now available:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... buVWVofA68
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A brand new one on Master helping parents of his disciples:

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Break the Shell 1:

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Break the Shell 2:

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The Great Compassion mantra was used by and advocated for use by everybody - if used with a clear & sincere mind. The text of it can be found online in many places. Here are some experiences of its use:

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Here are the lines of the mantra, each one has a verse by Master Hua. His verses are also in English:

http://www.drbachinese.org/online_readi ... ntents.htm
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