Training shouldn’t be optional

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People willingly sign up to endure tremendous training, challenges, physical ‘torture’, mental ‘torture’, ‘abuse’ and even put themselves in situations that endanger their lives as you see in this incredible video. This is for the betterment of this life alone. Need we say more for future lives? A must watch short video in any case. They are taunted, made fun of and even encouraged to quit by superiors and peers. People can say this is psychological and mental abuse and the people who ‘perpetrate’ this are cruel and vicious. But remember, you signed up and you opted for it. You had a choice, so there is no victim card here to play. To get through it will toughen you up for life’s vicissitudes, hardships, realities, disappointments and really just make us accept life’s realities. Which makes it easier for ourselves and everyone around us because we accept, understand and well prepared. To expect something according to our projections and not getting it most of the time leads to bitterness and depression. Pretty much the sum of our lives in samsara. Some make it and many don’t from this tough training. Out of 150 that signed up, 42 made it in this incredible training which really represents life. The rest quit.

Some of the ones that quit complained, said it was too hard, inhuman, not achievable and even can cite psychological damage because of it. But all in all, it is training. And this is for the body and mind. This is for secular success. This reminds me of the monasteries. This reminds me of even organized Dharma centres and some of my tough gurus. You are put to training in many methods by the teacher and whether your teacher is a monk or drill sergeant if you want the results you go for it. Be just as committed as your trainer. You are being trained by people who know their stuff and committed themselves. Committed themselves to the training and to training you. You have to comply, do the training and then only you can enjoy the results. The results can last for your whole life and in spiritual terms for lifetimes. It is never handed to you. If you fail, you can blame the teacher, but then if you blame the teacher, everyone must have failed. Not everyone fails but you failed so it can’t be the trainer. Even the majority can fail and it is still your fault because that is usually what happens with tough and real training. Don’t revel in your failure just because you have many peers that also failed. Failure is failure. Some even encourage others to fail so they are not alone in failing. I’ve met people like that. They encourage others to leave the dharma centre, the retreats, guru, practices, their faith, samaya, commitments, meditations and works so when they leave, they are not alone and feel as bad or look as bad. Once they leave, what do you have to offer them? Back to the exact same thing they did before they joined the dharma or training. Why join, if everything was perfect? That does not make it better long term, because you still failed. The tougher the training, the more real the Dharma and the more honest it is, in all likelihood, more will quit citing abuse, too tough, not worth it or even saying they felt trapped. But then the trap is not the training in the Dharma. Because training in the Dharma is teaching you how to leave your samsaric trap and not stay in it. When you fail, you don’t escape but in actuality you stay exactly where you are. If where you are was fine, why did you enter the training in the first place? Dharma training is tough. Any training is tough.

Training is tough. It was tough with my gurus. It will be tough because our mind is tough. We fill our minds with all types of comforts and habituated views of how things should be and when it is not like that, we give up. We love to blame the trainer, the path, the Dharma, the method and all of that. But what people need to understand is, yes the training was hard, but did the trainees make it harder because they were spoilt, had wrong views, hung on to their comfort zones and refuse to really change? Are all trainees trainable immediately? Are they all cooperative and compliant and really willing to make a difference? Or when their most secret comfort zones were infringed upon, they left? Leaving is one thing, being bitter is an excuse to cover failure because you chose to join in the first place. No one forced you. You take responsibility for the choice. How to break away from samsara when you are still stuck in trying to be comfortable? Being comfortable actually has no place in spiritual or physical training. Achieving something has no room to be comfortable. Success and comfort are never in the same continuum. Success does not come from being in a state of comfort but challenging ideas and habituations that continuously keep us tied down to the deceptions that comfort zones, money, acquisitions, romance, travel and entertainment is the purpose of our lives. Anything you have now was either given to you for free or you worked past your comfort zones to achieve them. After you ran away screaming from the training, what did you achieve in your life that was substantial? Did you just go back to sleeping late, some feel good meditations, meeting friends, surfing on the net, travelling, eating, social occasions, endless dinners and non-stop holidays? Holidaying from what? You don’t really work much to even need a holiday? Maybe you even took up a course or two at a school, ‘busy’ on a blog, occasional unsuccessful dabbling in exercise, some self-help readings, dabble in the occult to divine for a  comfortable future? Maybe just nothing? You went back to what you were doing prior to the training. Now you have to justify to yourself and others why you quit the training. We can be honest or we can deceive for face saving purposes on why we really quit. You don’t go back to doing the same thing and more of it citing training was insane. What is insane is your blindness to see your comfort zones will lead you not where you wish but where you don’t ultimately desire. Maybe you will make a dent in this world for the better by quitting but most likely not. Because hard work, long hours, commitment, passion, consistency and sacrifice of comfort are the universal ingredients necessary for the outer journey and even more so for the inner journey. Whatever journey we choose and hopefully it will be both for our sake, by remaining in comfort zones, this will take time as well as overcoming comfort zones to inner success. Both take the same amount of time and time is used. One does not bear results and the other one does. Don’t waste time. It’s our choice, don’t blame if we quit. Better is to swallow the ego for our long term benefit and get back into the training. The journey does not end at death unfortunately and fortunately. This continues into the bardo and future lives. The Buddha was not wrong. The harder the training seems to be is a clear indication to ourselves of how far behind we are. How much we need it. All the more reason to train. For some it takes tremendous efforts to reach a goal and for others seemingly very fast. Whatever it is for us, start and keep at it.

As we age, get sick, wrinkle, slow down and all types of diseases invade our body let us know that time is shorter, all the experiences we had in the travels, food, romance, fun, kids and all that materialistic world had to offer will not help us one iota at the time of death. All the conversations we have with friends, kids, partners and so on will not help us in anyway. The experiences will just disappear as fast as the experience themselves. To experience something for the sake of experience is like gathering water in a cup with holes to drink. When the four elements shut down within our bodies, and the inner winds gather and when we are about to black out from consciousness forever, even the best friends and partners holding our hands will be of no help. We won’t even be conscious of them being there and holding us at the last stages. Then karma who is ever present takes over as it has been all along but more so now because we don’t have the physical to grasp onto anymore. Your wealth, experiences, position, power, name, poverty, beauty, friends, houses, properties, views, political stance, loans, savings, pets are all not going to help you. When you enter the bardo, only the karma you have accumulated in the positive will assist you now. The genuine meditations, the mantras, saving of animals, benefitting other beings, retreats, donations, offerings on your shrines, prayers to the enlightened ones, guru samaya, generation of the altruistic aspiration, altruism, destruction of dual view, works that benefitted others, releasing of phenomenal grasping, release of projections and attainments will help you and can help you. Everything else you spent time on when you were alive besides the spiritual attainments will be of no help. Your lifetime of experiences accumulated from books, people, travel, cultural learning, foods, money, savings, poverty, partners and positions will not be of any help and will be forgotten. You sink into black oblivion. Your possession that you held onto will be falling into the hands of others very soon. The oblivion is totally black for the time being prior to leaving our bodies. A journey into fear, the unknown and perhaps pain if we are not spiritually aware. Not studying a map prior to reaching a fork in the road, can lead you to the wrong direction. Not preparing spiritually and fool-heartedly engaged in only samsaric pursuits will bear its frightening consequences now. If you don’t like what you are reading, don’t blame me, but these are the condensed form of the teachings of the omniscient Buddha. I am not negative, or trying to psyche you or frighten you for the sake of it. If you feel frightened, it is because you are not prepared, not because I frightened you. I cannot frighten you about something that is not true because you can investigate yourself. Fear arises from knowing the truth of our existence if we do nothing about it. The truth is living a life of just enjoyments will use up the karma that supported it as Kensur Jampa Yeshe told me. But fortunately if you are reading this now, it means you can do something now. Start now. No more excuses and procrastinations. Even if you quit in the past, start again and don’t quit. Remember, consistency is the key. The key that opens the door to your vast inner attainments, true freedom, omniscience and finding your luminous Buddha nature. That is what Buddha Shakyamuni did. That is why we ‘worship’ and follow him. Why else do we follow him? Stop praising, chanting and meditating on what Buddha did to become a Buddha and nothing more, but engage in the same path Buddha completed. Please do it now. Actually just do it. No more excuses, justifications and taking refuge in a all saviour like comfort zone that is deceptive. Deception is impermanent too. No matter how many go along with your self deceptions and how good of a friend they are, deception will ripen into deep regrets. Friends that encourage quitting or deception may come and go but our sufferings remain. Remember, the Buddha’s wisdom in his teachings surpasses any views our ‘friends’ may have. Buddha’s wisdom is based on total lack of ignorance while our friend’s knowledge is based on pure limitations and obstructed by karma. Buddha’s omniscience also surpasses any form of education, knowledge, ‘wisdom’ and experience that can be offered in this world. No knowledge by ordinary humans can ever surpass the omniscient Buddha’s wisdom. Follow Buddha.

So why are we so into everything that does not help us physically at the time of death and mentally and karmically? Because we have not studied, allocated the time for it, applied and lived Buddha’s teachings completely. We are not bad, but ignorant. But even ignorance is a chosen path and not inherently forever. We only surrendered to materialism because we are familiar with it and we did not surrender to our true selves, our true Buddha nature within. We did not submit to the truth of the Dharma yet. Everything we do now will be of no use if it has not been directed towards the inner attainments that Buddha so clearly spoke about.

This training video is powerful. Be best friends with determination, hard work, grit, sacrifice, consistency and results. Abandon enemies such as laziness, excuses, justifications, blame, distractions because they are bad friends to be with. Remember 42 passed the training out of 150. That means 108 persons found excuses, reasons, justifications to quit. That is the majority. The quitters will probably regret, curse, hate or talk about the nasty training to friends and family for the rest of their lives. Even perhaps will say they were mentally damaged because of it. Even if you quit, walk away nicely, don’t blame. Because blaming is playing the victim card to cover up. Many suffer much more than you and they succeed even more because they don’t quit. It’s just like in many Dharma centres including my own that I experienced for the last 40 years that more quit or sit on the side-lines than achieve. If you ask them to go slightly beyond, they will cite very quickly all the reasons they can’t, but the truth is they are unwilling because the ravages of karma has not caught up yet. Or perhaps karma has caught up. But the truth is training does not damage our minds, but comfort zones do. How can we leave samsara, the very place that deceptively shows us temporary comforts, by staying comfortable and not doing more, not achieving more of the inner journey? Training is hard. But do it. You are worth it. Do it long term and never give up. The more we put it off the more old age, sickness, inabilities, graspings, ‘responsibilities’, karma, habits and peers will creep in to ‘confirm’ we cannot do it. Don’t be okay with mediocre. Don’t be fine with failure. Don’t be fine with half past six results. Don’t be fine with non-completion. Because future regrets are changeable if we do something now. Complete the training. Stop being so eloquent and creative with excuses. You fool no one but yourself. You set bad examples. Complete the spiritual training. Be trained. After training you will realize and ask yourself why you endured so much unnecessarily for so long. Buddha is an example of a fully trained being.

Tsem Rinpoche




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導師智力所建立  知諸道趣不由他
知諸眾生遊諸趣  如見掌中菴羅果
由諸見趣濁世間  譬如雲霧障虛空
以是群愚常流轉  譬如眾盲失正路
世間為常為無常  復言有常亦無常
又言非常非不常  譬如盲象入城行
言世有邊復無邊  復言亦有亦無邊
又言非邊非無邊  以是流轉如籠鳥
又言即身是神我  又言離身有神我
妄想分別所纏縛  如鳥被網心生苦
又言自在天所化  有言非因之所生
一切眾生見取覆  譬如雲霧障於月
由如籠中卵生鳥  於諸孔中常欲出
見取眾生如是癡  於不解脫如籠鳥
又禮梵王及世主  及禮童子并圍紐
又禮方海毘沙門  如賊被捉求諸神
猶如貧人遇債主  求與債主立保證
如是世間著見取  愚癡求天希欲樂
佛見眾生依真實  譬如見手掌五指
於諸趣中受百苦  譬如群賊入牢獄
世尊於彼生慈悲  修諸道行知諸趣
世尊已說出獄法  如王生子放大赦
愍世不思僧祇劫  修諸苦行得菩提
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見取所壞愚癡輩  佛令彼等得解脫
以是善逝人師子  於諸法中得自在
我等見取失正路  佛於見取拔我等
以是世尊具大力  具足無畏無怨對
眾中大吼如師子  我等亦願得彼法
以彼能動於三界  亦以彼法普遍照
以彼授記諸眾生  亦願我等值遇彼
佛愍世間現微笑  以見此等外道眾
唯願如來說彼因  所現微笑有何義
善解因者非無因  而現微笑瑞光明
善哉能現微笑光  大眾悉皆瞻仰佛
世尊大眾悉懷疑  以見善逝現笑光
悉皆猶如觀滿月  瞻佛願說微笑因
誰於今日設勝供  誰於今日悅慈父
誰今得住佛功德  善哉大智願演說
大眾聞之必欣喜  皆由外道得授記
唯願導師普為說  於何乘中如得道
善哉牟尼除心惑  於其疑者斷疑網
以是大眾得欣喜  一向趣佛不退轉
善哉馬勝巧知時  能問如來降怨者
憐愍世間作是說  能問導師自然士
我當說彼現笑事  一心諦聽所作因
汝宜欣喜聽我說  今說笑義所為者
此諸外道皆調伏  捨諸惡見住善見
覩是世間見取惱  悉起悲心求菩提
一切見取悉得捨  以知不濁正見故
從我得聞無礙記  悉皆樂求一切智
過去佛所得記已  供養大慈兩足尊
具足二億諸佛所  以求無上菩提故
佛所行檀亦不少  亦淨持戒修禪定
淨修智慧發精進  於諸群生修忍辱
常修習六波羅蜜  簡擇智慧求菩提
馬勝請問降怨者  發心樂求佛菩提
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彼諸苦惱由惡黨  依止有惡見取中
彼等今見勝導師  捨諸惡見悉無餘
以得真解如來教  隨順佛法起深信
彼於當來多億佛  皆悉供養求菩提
於其未來星宿劫  皆得作佛同一號
號曰普聞高名稱  彼等大智度世間
彼佛國土甚清淨  種種莊嚴無與等
彼離惡見眾生輩  純求菩提賢聖處
彼國眾生離惡趣  是時亦無一切難
彼等諸佛得壽命  皆悉同壽八萬歲
眾生聞彼佛名者  皆悉不退上菩提
若有眾女聞佛名  彼女皆悉得男身
如是世尊降怨者  與諸外道所授記
一切天人聞記彼  無不欣喜生敬信


‘You offer water, flowers,incense to the Buddha. By offering these beautiful things. Several things happen.
One, you start to create a detachment from these things. Does that mean you become a cold uncaring nobody that hangs out on the streets, just a beggar, a homeless person? No. A detachment from things is to have things and it doesn’t create suffering or not having it doesn’t create suffering.
Objects don’t become causes for you to suffer anymore. So you start creating a positive detachment to things. That’s one.
Two: You create a positive purification to miserliness, selfishness, greed and we can let go of things easier. When we are less greedy, less miserly, what’s the results? We have a little less money but we have more happiness. Have you heard the saying?
(The best wealth that we can have is the one we have given away)
Not the wealth we kept.
That doesn’t bring any happiness. Isn’t that wise? Let’s think about that again.
So by offering these things, They are not gold bars, they are not businesses. They are water offerings, beautiful offering items, everyday you practice. Giving. And it leads to something deeper.
It leads to emotional giving. Some of us can give money away. Easily. But we can never be wrong. I know people like that. They can give money away very easily, buy anything for you. They love you, they tell you they love you. They can give anything away but emotionally they can’t give away. They never can be wrong. They will never confess they are wrong, they rather hide their wrong, and lose everything. Than to confess they are wrong.
And that is the highest sort of miserliness you can experience. Why? Cause that type of miserliness makes that person not respected, not loved, dejected and it makes them know they are not doing the right thing. So it leads to that. It leads to what? It leads to emotional giving in a good way.
Highly realized practitioners can give up their wife, or not have one for you. Meaning they can spend their whole life as dharma practitioners. Monks or nuns. And not be attached to partners. For you. It’s a giving.
People who have to have a wife, have to have a husband, have to have a partner, and that overrides Dharma. They are actually not giving.
So they are very far away from Buddhahood. There’s no Buddha that needs a consort. There’s no Buddha that needs a partner. There’s no Buddha that needs a wife or a husband. If they needed one, it would be a Buddha.
So therefore, the highest practitioners, they can come back life after life happy and single.
Really happy and single. Not frustrated. You know how some people say “Oh I’m happy to be single” but you know they are not. It’s just that they can’t get anybody. So they pretend that they are happy but they are not.
But they won’t be happy being non single either.
Because their happiness doesn’t come from being single or non single. So what happens?

The highest form of giving is emotional giving.
To be able to easily let go of one’s attachments.
Imagine telling a person: “Oh, can you be a nun?” They will say no. Why? “Oh I can’t, I need a boyfriend.” Or “can you be a monk?” “Oh I can’t, I need a wife. Or I need romance. But I want to practice giving.” I’m like okay.

It doesn’t match. Those people they in fact hamper their spiritual growth. Is it possible to have a spiritual relationship with a partner and they can help each other grow? Yes definitely possible. There are people who can be with their partners, and they can grow together and help each other grow. It’s definitely possible. But that one we have to check out ourselves. When we are with our partners, so we want to do more? Do we become better? Is our minds more focused? Are we accomplishing more? That’s what we need to check with ourselves.

So to be Buddhist practitioners do we need to be always single? Not necessary. For some yes, it is necessary.
Just like for some, they need to take the vow of not taking alcohol. Because by drinking alcohol they create violence, unhappiness in people’s lives. So for some people, they need to take the vow.
But for some, they no need to take the vow, cause for them taking alcohol is to relax, just make others happy, it’s a social thing, doesn’t create anything. So it’s ok.
It’s not the alcohol that’s the bad karma, it’s what you do with it.
So it’s not your partner, your wife, your boyfriend or your alcohol or your fun, or your branded stuff that makes you a better person or that’s bad. It’s what you do with it afterwards.
So if you take branded things, and you become arrogant, you want to go around showing off to other people and put other people down or you want to show you’re somebody. Then that branded item creates negative karma for you. So it’s not the branded item, it’s your mind. So what should you do?
Don’t have branded items for the moment.
Because you’re suffering when you don’t have it. It means you definitely do not need it. That’s how we check ourselves. But be honest with Buddha.
If you can’t be honest with Buddha, then you will never be Buddha and progress on your spiritual practice. ‘
His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche


Quotes by His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche


Tsem Rinpoche: Praise to Avalokitesvara, the supreme Lord of Compassion. A true teacher will be kind to all levels of people and will not see the differences between them except how to be kind and benefit them. He looks upon them to relieve their sufferings to some degree. A true follower of this teacher will do the same in order to follow the teacher’s footsteps. Therefore a disciple who wishes to please a TRUE teacher will be humble, take care of the teacher’s circle of students and people and treat everyone well. When we treat the teacher’s people well, we treat the teacher well. When we are kind to everyone, WE PLEASE THE TRUE TEACHER TREMENDOUSLY because a true teacher only wants the best for us and the best is to have a kind and generous and unbiased mind. When we are kind, we benefit ourselves and others so much. To be humble is to gain and earn everyone’s respect and open the Vajra Yogini (Buddhahood) nature within us. To be biased is to keep the Vajra Yogini nature locked away. Our goal as a spiritualist is to open the Vajra Yogini nature inherit in all of us. Sarva Mangalam. Tsem Rinpoche

Tsem Rinpoche: The amount of suffering, fear and pain they have to experience should be experienced by no one whether animal or human. It is heartbreaking to continuously see the sufferings animals endure for our ‘pleasures’. I do feel helpless, but helpless or not, we must create more awareness tirelessly. With awareness, their suffering can eventually be reduced. The ones who are slaughtered, it’s too late. We can only shed tears but we have to still be concerned about future slaughter of animals and try to prevent. Helping and being kind to animals is not spiritual, strange or unnatural, but pure empathy of understanding their pain in that no sentient beings would want to suffer. Tsem Rinpoche

Tsem Rinpoche: I rarely feel lonely. I am quite fine being alone. I sometimes feel more lonely with many people than I do by myself. Tsem Rinpoche

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


“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.

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