Quotes from 《Eyes of Compassion 2》 by Venerable Master HaiTao

海涛法师教会1

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“After a Teacher who has real compassion reveals our mistakes, helping us to realize and eradicate these sufferings, then peace and harmony will return to our body.”

“It is not that Bodhisattvas are not blessing you, neither is it that Protectors are not protecting you, it is your incorrect words and behavior that has led to a lack of merit. If you can refrain from bad habits and do good deeds, naturally you will receive blessing and support.”

“From the time we begin studying Buddhism our state of mind should start to show corresponding changes. If we stop pointing the finger at others we will be surrounded by many kind and harmonious people. When we are walking on the path of Bodhichitta we will be more and more similar to Bodhisattvas, thus becoming more and more popular amongst people.”

“Don’t use Buddhist Dharma as a magnifying glass, always picking on the shortcomings of others. Just focus on your own shortcomings and problems, correcting them one by one. Truly reduce your pride and learn to be modest.”

“Don’t talk about the business of others and don’t look at the mistakes of others. Most important is to constantly observe your own mind daily.”

“If one attempts to possess all that one fancies, reject all that one hates, and fret over gains or losses, this not only causes vexations, but also creates karmic causes for descending into the cycle of reincarnation.”

“Visualize yourself reciting the Buddha’s name in a place where there is the most suffering. A lotus flower blooms with each recitation of Amitabha Buddha, and living beings are able to gain deliverance. Recite the Buddha’s name without separation from Bodhichitta, so the recitations do not become apathetic numbers.”

“Buddhist practice starts with having faith in the cause and effect as depicted by the law of Dependent Origination! Whereas ‘effect’ could be seen by others, it’s ’cause’ might only be known mostly by oneself.”

“Many people are unaware that their current blessings are rewards from meritorious virtues accrued during previous lives, and that the supply is limited. If one takes these blessings for granted without realizing and cherishing them, they will be quickly depleted.”

“Greed invariably causes one to have insatiable desires, attempting endlessly to force changes in phenomena for one’s satisfaction. Then when matters turn out contrary to one’s wishes, deep disappointments, various worries and frustrations are brought about. This is what makes Greed fearsome.”

“We should try to make those who like meat abandon their attachment to the taste of meat and wish for the flavor and nourishment of Dharma, treating all sentient beings with the same love they would show their only child, thus encouraging one another and developing great compassion.”

“Although the length of time to eat a meal is brief, but as we make a choice of vegetarian versus meat, the seed of fortune or misfortune will have already been planted in our minds.”

“When we read Buddhist scriptures we are not simply reading the words inside! We read Buddhist scriptures out of consideration for the world around us, and to care for all living beings.”

“Cultivation begins first with building a solid foundation, by living as a righteous and honest person. Secondly, by having remorse for vile deeds. Thirdly, by remaining humble and being content with less desires.”

“True cultivation is when you cultivate regardless of happiness or sadness; you cultivate regardless of ease or difficulty; you cultivate regardless of whether it’s hot or cold.”

“In the eyes of a Bodhisattva, there are no people to despise upon, nor are there any matters to frown upon. For all of us, in order to reach Buddhahood, the beginning lesson is in the path of becoming a Bodhisattva.”

“Please pray sincerely that fish are not tempted to take the bait; animals aren’t caught in a trap and human beings will not kill anymore.”

“By going vegetarian, we are not only savings the animals, but also saving our souls.”

“Break a bad habit and replace it with a good one which is good for you and for all living beings. To cultivate, you need to change yourself first!”

“Those without enough merit often hear rights and wrongs while those with enough merit hear none.”

“Every place of this world could be our Pure Land where we should study and practice benefiting others and spreading compassion.”

“Anger ruins all people with no exception, including yourself. If ever mind gets overpowered by the feeling of anger, peace and happiness would fade away into obscurity.”

“Not pardoning or forgiving others is to give yourself suffering.”

“Those who are always searching for others’ faults to attack will not only lose their temper easily, becoming more and more miserable, but will even adversely affect their own health.”

“In modern society there is a tendency to maintain health by detoxification. This is perhaps just as if not more necessary for our heart, as it is the toxic within, which impacts our life the longest and deepest.”

“There is no need to say anything when angry. Besides telling oneself to calm down, remaining smiling is also a must. Usually this avoids unnecessary trouble and harm to both parties.”

“Swallow your pride and you can learn more, clean out your negative thinking and bad habits to free up space for greater wisdom.”

“A narrow minded person is always stubborn, plagued by pain and hatred. Have ease of mind and allow yourself happiness!”

“If one wants to gain wealth, the most basic discipline one needs to obey is not to steal, not only in this life, but also vow to obey this discipline in afterlives!”

“One who is truly practicing will be grateful and remorseful when in suffering, rather than making complaints.”

“Exchange unwholesome thoughts for faith and love. Substitute beneficial speech for idle chitchat. Replace meaningless activities with bowing and circumambulation of Stupas.”

“The best stratagem for good health and longevity is vegetarianism, by not causing enmity towards all living beings.”

“Assisting those orphaned or impoverished is charitable; persuading people to seek the Dharma is even more so.”

“Worldly people seeking happiness are only increasing their desires, the cravings of which are ceaseless.”

“People in this world like to indulge their desires and never feel contented. This is like drinking water from the sea, which will only make them feel more thirsty.”

“Not only do people need love, but animals also need careful attention and protection.”

“All the suffering you have brought to other living beings will come back to you. No matter what you encounter, don’t blame others, it’s all caused by yourself.”

“Although this world will always make us suffer, never give up your kind heart.”

“Such is a hallmark of pride if one is unable to perceive one’s own faults and shortcomings, while only seeing those of others. It is the root of all suffering.”

“Transformation of destiny begins now – Think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds.” 

Selected quotes from<<Eyes of Compassion 2>> <<慈悲的眼睛2》》 by Venerable Master HaiTao.

The 3 Lifetimes of Cause And Effect 三世因果

The 3 Lifetimes of Cause And Effect

“If asking about previous life matters, look at where you are at present.
If asking about futuristic matters, see what you’re doing at present.”

Good men, good women, listen to these words. Listen and recite this 3 Lifetimes of Cause and Effect Sutra. Do not undermine the 3 lifetimes of Cause and Effect Sutra. The good and bad actions will follow you like a shadow.
If you are an official in this lifetime, for 3 lifetimes you had adorned Buddha’s body with gold. 3 lifetimes of cultivation, you will experience in this lifetime. Adorned in purple robes and jade, you will seek Buddha in these.
Adorning Buddha in gold, you will in return adorn yourself alike, speaking endlessly about Tatagatha, will cover your worldly body. Do not say that being an official is an easy task, if previously you did not practise, it will never come to fruition now.
Riding in horses and carriages what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had mended bridges to aid travellers. Wearing silken garments what’s the cause? In previous lifetimes, you had offered robes to aid Monastics.
Abundance of food and clothing what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had given tea and rice to the the impoverished. Lacking in food and clothing what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were miserly and refused to give.
Highrise buildings what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had donated rice to small Buddhist temples. Abundance of good fortune and blessings what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had built huts and pavillions for shelter.
Having a dignified and majestic appearance what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had offered flowers and fruits to Buddha. Being intelligent and filled with wisdom what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were vegetarian and prayed to Buddha.
Virtuous wife and beautiful woman what’s the cause? Forming affinities within Buddhist community. Husband and wife having longevity what’s the cause? Offering long prayer banners before Buddha.
Having both parents what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had respected lonely solitary orphaned/parentless people. Having either parent or not having parents, what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were unfilial and rebellious towards them.
Having lots of children and grandchildren what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had saved and liberated many birds from cages. Failure in adopting a child what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had drowned an infant.
Having no child what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you had an abortion/lewd. Having a long life what’s the cause? In prevous lifetime, you bought and rescued animals to liberate them.
Having a short premature life what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you slaughtered beings. Not having a wife in this lifetime what’s the cause? In previous lifetime you schemed and had an affair with other’s wife.
Remaing a widow what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you belittled your huband. Being a slave what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were ungrateful to those who were kind to you.
Having clear sight what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered oil lamps to Buddha. Being blind what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you ruin roads thus causing blindness to others.
Having bad breath what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you snuffed out Buddha’s light offerings by breath. Being deaf or dumb what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you disrespectfully scolded your parents.
Being hunchbacked what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you ridiculed those who prostrated or prayed to Buddha. Being clumsy with hands what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you created the cause to harm others.
Being lame/crippled what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you blocked the way and rob others. Being a cattle/horse what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you owed others money and didn’t return back.
Being a pig/dog what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you created all causes to lie and harm others. Plagued with many sickness what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered alcohol and meat to Buddha & monks.
Free of sickness what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you donated medicine to aid the sick. Being imprisoned what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you did evil to harm others.
Starved to death what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you ruined those who tend to food crops. Being poisoned to death what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you used flowers to poison others.
Suffering in loneliness what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you evilly schemed to harm and frame others. Being short in stature what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you read Dharma books/Sutras on floors.
Vomiting blood what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you prayed with alcohol and meat. Being deaf what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you listened to Dharma but didn’t pay attention.
Being a mentally challenged what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered meat to Buddha. Having body odours what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you offered bad tainted incense to Buddha and Deities.
Hanging oneself what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you robbed in the mountains. Being widowed and lonely what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, you were ruthlessly jealous of others.
Lightning strikes that causes fires what’s the cause? There is unjustifiable unfairness happening. Being bitten by snakes and tigers what’s the cause? In previous lifetime, they were your enemies.
All the different kinds of things we do, we must reflect upon. Those who are suffering in hells, to whom should they tell? No one can see karma itself, but it will lay upon close to your children, grandchildren and close to you.
Not believing in being vegetarian or being a practitioner, but seeing others basking in good fortune and blessings. What you reap in previous lifetime, you will sow in this lifetime. This lifetime if you accumulate merits, you benefit the futuristic you.
If one slanders Cause And Effect Sutra, that person will not gain a human rebirth in the next lifetime. If one abides by Cause And Effect Sutra, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will stand witness to this.
If one writes Cause And Effect Sutra, their children, grandchildren and families will prosper and flourish. If one carries Cause And Effect Sutra on them, ominous disasters or unexpected calamity will not befall upon them.
If one speaks on Cause And Effect Sutra, from lifetime to lifetime, they will be intelligent. If one sings Cause And Effect Sutra, in their next lifetime, they will be well respected.
If one gifts another with Cause And Effect Sutra, in their next lifetime, they will be Emperors. If one bows to Cause And Effect Sutra, everything they do will be gratifying.
If one preaches Cause And Effect Sutra, in their afterlife and next lifetime, they will be enbued with wisdom. If one believes deeply in Cause And Effect Sutra, they will be reborn in PureLand.
If asking about previous lifetime Cause And Effect Sutra, what’s the cause of becoming Emperor Liang Huang? If Cause and Effect doesn’t resonates, why did Xi’s mother befall with a python?
If asking on afterlife Cause And Effect Sutra, Mulian saving his mother is due to what cause? To expound on The 3 Lifetimes of Cause And Effect Sutra is endless, heavens will not deficit a benevolent person.
To practise in Triple Gems will reap blessings, to part with one dime and in return you will get back 10,000 dimes. Sovereign will be stored in fortune’s vault, lifetime after lifetime, it will not be exhausted.

Mandarin Version:

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