00284 How to Recognize a Real Master
00284 How to Recognize a Real Master
No. 00284
Category / Lecture Tours-Asia
Event date / 1987.09.28
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Matou, Tainan
Language / Chinese
Time (mins) / 51m22s
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  • Summary

How to recognize a real Master? People discriminate between Masters based on their own imagination. They are attached to the Buddha's name and bound the wooden Buddha, eagerly "searching for enlightened Masters". Supreme Master Ching Hai said: we have very rich imaginations. Each one of us creates a God or Amitabha Buddha of our own, and each creates the image of an enlightened master of our own; therefore, we can't find the ideal Master.

The Supreme Master points out: enlightened Master will come when we are ready and our karmic relations become ripe. He will use all kinds of methods to reach us. At that time, the one who is looking for us is actually our real Self. Why does the enlightened master appear? Because all the sentient beings are praying, and our real Self, or soul has been crying for so long, for the Bodhisattvas to come down to deliver us. So much power of sincerity united together will touch the heaven and the compassionate power of Bodhisattvas. Bodhisattvas are not this physical body. Since Buddha nature and spiritual body have no distinction of male or female, so we shouldn't judge a person's spiritual level according to his physical "clothes".

  1. What is the meaning of Trinity? Does each of us have three entities inside us?
  2. Why do enlightened masters come to the mundane world to deliver sentient beings?
  3. What deep meanings are there in the Lotus Sutra story of a boy who left home at a young age?
  4. What does it mean that spiritual practice relies on the Dharma instead of people?
  5. Why could Master give initiation in any place? Where is the real ashram?
  6. Why do enlightened masters who have attained the Tao say that there's originally nothing in this world?
  7. The world is a big school, in which happiness, anger, sadness and pleasure are all our lessons. Then what kind of attitude should we take to face it?
  8. The Bible says, the disciples of Jesus Christ can surely go to Heaven after death. Then what are real disciples of Jesus Christ?