00302 Spiritual Practitioners Should be Peaceful and Positive
00302 Spiritual Practitioners Should be Peaceful and Positive
Category / Lecture Tours
Event date / 1987.12.03
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Tainan
Language / Chinese
Time (mins) / 1h01m31s
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  • Summary

Supreme Master Ching Hai hopes and encourages spiritual practitioners to have a positive attitude and to be optimistic. We should say positive and nice words instead of negative ones. If we want to improve our practice and avoid Maya's hindrance, we should have a positive attitude to scare ghosts and demons away. Then they dare not bother us even if they come. When our positive power is strong, they will be scared away.

The vibration of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is very subtle, while the vibration of ordinary people is too coarse. The moment our heart gets excited, we can’t catch up with them. We should be peaceful in our spiritual practice and train ourselves to be calm, to have determination and self-confidence instead of the attachment that grabs things anxiously. If we have too many expectations, it will be the same as being greedy. "Expectation" means that we want to become a Buddha tomorrow, or better yet, yesterday. "Relaxation" means that if I try to do my best, I will surely become a Buddha someday. It is possible that we have already become a Buddha, but have just forgotten about it because we are too anxious, looking outward for Buddhas, so we should calm down a little.

  1. How do we create our own heaven with imagination? Is it true that the stronger our imagination is, the more abundant our heaven will be? Why should spiritual practitioners have great ideals?
  2. What benefit will a positive attitude bring to our spiritual practice? Master tells us what qualities of a successful salesman are worth learning.
  3. Should we set a schedule for attaining Buddhahood? How should we adjust our time and conditions of spiritual practice?
  4. How can we be mild and flexible in our spiritual practice? Is it true that being too serious and stern may make it hard to progress?
  5. Why do ancient Zen masters make their disciples practice asceticism for a very long time before imparting the Dharma to them? Why is it impossible to become a Buddha through ascetic practice?
  6. What is the difference between self-confidence and attachment? What is the difference between having the confidence to become a Buddha and the desire to become a Buddha?
  7. Why do some people feel that it is hard to practice spiritually? Why shouldn't we expect too much nor too little in our spiritual practice?
  8. Why is it that Buddha's lectures were always given according to the needs of sentient beings?
  9. Why is it that sometimes we don't know it when the soul goes out?
  10. Normally, masters would not teach the whole method to their disciples at once. Why does Master teach us the complete Quan Yin Method at one time?
  11. Which is the most important: humbleness, diligence or spiritual level? Why do many people stop at the level of Arhat?
  12. Why don't the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas give us many high-level experiences sometimes?