00192 Purify Ourselves First to Recognize Saintly Beings
00192 Purify Ourselves First to Recognize Saintly Beings
No. 00192
Category / Group Meditation
Event date / 1987.03.16
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Yilan
Language / Chinese
Translation / Taiwanese
Time (mins) / 1h43m11s
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  • Summary

We’re all originally Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, but if the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas were to come now, we could not recognize them, because we haven’t regained our worthiness of seeing them. It’s been a long time since we came down from Heaven and began to live on Earth, and we’ve been badly contaminated by the world of Samsara. Thus, we’ve forgotten our original Nature. We can’t see the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas because we’ve become spiritual beggars and ordinary worldly people and have forgotten who we really are.

If we want to see the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, we need a messenger Bodhisattva who comes to remind us, approaching us as a friend. He’ll prove to us that we’re Bodhisattvas, but we must also purify ourselves so as to be worthy of seeing the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. He’ll help us believe that we’re Bodhisattvas, teach us the manners of a Bodhisattva, and gradually take us back to the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss, so that we may live with the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, or God.

  1. Why do most people feel no effect from worshiping Buddhas or reciting Buddhas' names?
  2. The ancient scriptures mention that spiritual practitioners of times past could communicate with Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and angels, and had great strength and magical power. Being civilized and intelligent, do we also possess such abilities today?
  3. How does one find the messengers of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas? Why is it difficult for sentient beings to believe in a messenger of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas?
  4. The Amitabha Sutra states that in the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss, the bodies of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and ordinary beings alike are golden. How can we reach this realm of existence?
  5. Can the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas hear our prayers? How can we have our prayers answered?
  6. Why is it extremely difficult to find Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in this world of Samsara?
  7. Why is it said that "here will be no more warfare if all sentient beings refrain from creating killing karma"?
  8. All countries and all sentient beings fear war. Please listen to Master describe how we can put an end to war.