When we have a chance to be independent, we will know what ability and wit we have to make quick and decisive decisions. Otherwise, our wisdom will go moldy and become useless. So any hardships, , uncomfortable or undesirable situation is the best situation for us.
Anyone who practices the Guan Yin Method will be liberated, regardless of his goodness or badness, big ego or small ego. The sutra explains, ‘For only one life time of yours, when you listen inwardly to your self nature for the first time, the seed of Bodhi is sown, now and forever. ’
Do you know what a serious spiritual practitioner is like? He is the one who won’t forget about the ‘Tao’ any time, who truly wants to know his self nature and who he is, and who really wants to be free from life and death; he thinks about those during work, not necessarily reciting the five names. It’s not necessarily reciting the five names that should be regarded as practicing, no. It doesn’t matter if he sometimes forgets to recite the five names, because he still wants to be free from life and death. He thinks about the Buddha, the Dharma and Sangha , and wants to become an enlightened and wise being. We call that kind of person a serious practitioner. He is what we call a person who is in Zen while moving, sleeping, sitting, and lying down.