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00185 Where Does Karma Come From
The environment of this world makes us regress easily and become more stupid and worse. This is a world of form, color and discrimination; therefore, when we come to this world, we will become an outward being. Our mind is frequently distracted by things we like, so we ..(more)
00186 Benefits of Practicing the Quan Yin Method
In the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha called the Quan Yin Method the "Dharma Lotus Method" or the "Lotus Method"; in the Diamond Sutra, he called it the "Diamond Method"; in Amitabha Sutra, he named it as the "Method of the Pure Land ". Perhaps because of these ..(more)
00187 One Can Go to Heaven Only by Keeping His Body, Speech and Mind Clean
If we want to go to Heaven, we should know the law in Heaven and respect it by keeping our body, speech and mind clean. Body means we purify our body by avoiding eating the dirty meat of animals. This is the most important. Heavenly beings are so kind that they cannot ..(more)
00188 The Real Lotus Sutra
The Quan Yin Method is the simplest and the most natural method. To practice spiritually, we should go with the Tao. We can't use the body or the mind of an ordinary being to practice. We need to give up everything from the body, speech and mind of an ordinary being. ..(more)
00189 What Is Buddha?
We’ve read a lot of scriptures, and we think we understand them, but actually we don’t. In the scriptures, Shakyamuni Buddha says, "We have to meet a Buddha and learn from the Buddha in order to attain Buddhahood." However, it's not very easy to meet a Buddha. Only ..(more)
00190 The Nature of the Three Worlds
When we enter the First World, we already feel incredibly happy. Each World has its own highest lord or god. When we meet the lord or god of this World (instead of his subordinates) we feel extremely blissful. And a thorough, radical change in our personality, thinking ..(more)
00193 Only True Belief Can Lead to Liberation
We should not be superstitious in spiritual practice, but should clearly understand why we practice this method. Many methods are claimed to be able to liberate people. How then can we distinguish the true from the false? All ancient religions and scriptures stress ..(more)
00194 Heaven or Hell is Just in a Flash of Thought
Where do we find Heaven? Do we need to find a heavenly ladder to reach Heaven? Supreme Master Ching Hai says that being in either Heaven or Hell occurs just in a flash of thought, and that in Heaven there is no greed, hatred or ignorance. When we’re in the Samsara ..(more)
00209 Practicing Asceticism Does Not Lead to Buddhahood
Practicing asceticism can help one attain certain spiritual achievements, such as the abilities to see the past, present, and future, to cure people of their diseases, and to wield magical power, but it can never lead to eternal liberation. Shakyamuni Buddha attained ..(more)
00210 What is the Inner Sound?
Everything originates from the Sound. The Sound is God or the Buddha Nature. God is the highest level and the highest ideal. Hes represents the highest thought or concept, and is called Anuttara-Samyak-Sambodhi or the Buddha Nature in Buddhism. The Sound or Buddha ..(more)
00217 The Supra-Worldly Light
Sometimes we can also see light even if we have not been practicing, even if we have not been meditating. But either the light or the inner sound we can hear or see only for an instant, not continuously. There are two kinds of light – one is… and the other one…. But without ..(more)
00220 Humility and Strong Faith Are Necessary in Spiritual Practice
How can we observe our own subtle arrogance? If we serve the Master, listen to her teachings, and follow her instructions, do we acquire sufficient humility? We’re born as humans in order to become Buddhas and noble beings, but we often lack enough determination, ..(more)
00273 The Origin of Ullambana
Mulian, as one of the great disciples by the side of Shakyamuni Buddha, could not save his stingy and greedy mother from hell even if he had a great magical power. Buddha was able to transform and help her only when she longed from her heart and prayed for Buddha’s ..(more)
00274 How to Find the Buddha Nature
Shakyamuni Buddha talked about "the outside teaching apart from tradition". Since the teaching is not in the scriptures and the Buddha nature can't be found there either, where could we find the Buddha nature? Supreme Master Ching Hai points out: reading and reciting ..(more)
00276 How to Practice Spiritually at Home
Why do we want to become Buddha? It's not because we want to deliver sentient beings or escape from this world of sufferings, but because we should become Buddha. It would be a pity if we forget our status after being born into this mundane world. Spiritual practice does ..(more)