00142 Enlightenment Is Buddha and Ignorance Is Sentient Beings
00142 Enlightenment Is Buddha and Ignorance Is Sentient Beings
No. 00142
Category / Lecture Tours-Asia
Event date / 1986.12.01
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Taipei
Language / Chinese
Translation / Taiwanese
Time (mins) / 1h30m20s
Publication No. / "The Immediate Key of Enlightenment", Chinese version(vol.2)
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  • Summary

In the eyes of an enlightened person, everyone is a Buddha. If you truly practice, some day you will realize this level and know that all beings are Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. There would be no sentient beings without Buddhas, nor Buddhas without sentient beings. Buddhas are the true sentient beings, and sentient beings are the true Buddhas. There's nothing else we can say except this. Sentient beings don't know they are Buddhas yet, so Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have to come and teach them in manifestations, and gradually guide them until they understand that they are Buddhas themselves.

In spite of being a Buddha, you are still an ignorant Buddha before you are "fully" learned. You will gradually turn into an "enlightened Buddha", a real Buddha, totally the same as what you once were. Originally we already had everything, it is not that we have it only after enlightenment. It's just that we don't know it yet.


  1. There are many masters and bhiksuni (nuns) in Formosa (Taiwan), and Master neither likes competition nor teaching others. So what affinity keeps Master staying in Formosa?
  2. Our spiritual practice is sometimes very smooth and happy, but why sometimes is there so much trouble suddenly?
  3. What is the difference between Buddha and sentient beings?
  4. Previously there were several masters in Formosa, but why didn't they teach this "the supreme, profound and subtle teachings"?
  5. Can we attain the ultimate nirvana by praying for material merit, building temples, making offerings, reciting sutras and debating about sutras?
  6. The Universal Door chapter says, "For those who adore and cherish the name of Guan Yin Bodhisattva Mahasattva, they will not be burnt in the fire, or they will be relocated to the shallow place in a flood." Did anyone really have such experiences?
  7. Can we get enlightened after tonsure ceremony? Why, in the record of the elderly monk of Guangqin, it is said that "it would be pitiful to even become a monk if one doesn't know how to practice spiritually"?
  8. When Master Huineng was made successor to his master, he was still a layman. How did he deliver the sentient beings?
  9. Can we get merits from reading and reciting sutras?
  10. What kind of experiences did the ancient Masters, Bodhisattvas and practitioners have at the time of enlightenment?
  11. Why is the Buddha also sentient beings and sentient beings also Buddha? Why can't sentient beings become Buddha immediately? Sentient beings are still sentient beings and Buddhas are still Buddhas. Sentient beings are Buddhas originally, but why do they still need to practice spiritually?
  12. Why should Buddhas come to this world and suffer so much pain?
  13. Humans come down from Ābhāsvara (the light-sound heavens). So does the "light and sound" belong to the physical realm? After becoming Buddha, will there be no light or sound? Or is Buddha not supposed to enjoy that kind of physical phenomenon?
  14. Since we fall down to this world and become humans from a place called Ābhāsvara (the light-sound heavens), is Ābhāsvara our ultimate destination? Is it the homeland of our original Self?
  15. Psychics are very popular in Formosa. What is the difference between such phychis and the Quan Yin Method?
  16. How to cure and deal with the disease of greed, anger and hatred?
  17. Is it good to enshrine the statue of Quan Yin Bodhisattva and Shakyamuni Buddha at home and worship them in the morning and evening?