Ven. Master Hsuan Hua
Flower Adornment Sutra says:
If you put the Buddha’s thoughts into action, you’re a Buddha.
If you practice according
of a Bodhisattva,
you’re a Bodhisattva. If you put
the thoughts of Those Enlightened to Conditions into practice, you are One
Enlightened to Conditions. If you
put Hearers’ thoughts into practice, you are a Hearer.
If you think the way gods do, you’re a god.
If you have thoughts typical of humans, you’re a human being.
If you think like asuras, you’re an asura.
If you have the thinking of an animal, you’re simply an animal.
If you think the way a hungry ghost thinks, you are a hungry ghost.
And if you think the way hell-dwellers do, you are a hell-dweller.
it is said, “The Ten Dharma Realms are not apart from a single thought of
the mind.” From this, we can
know that absolutely everything is made from the mind alone.
There is a verse that discusses the mind quite well:
dots like a cluster of stars,
a hook shaped like a crescent moon;
creatures come from the mind;
Buddhas arise from it, too.
into the verse in detail, and you’ll find it describes the mind perfectly.
We people here in the world should preserve proper thoughts and not
cling to deviant thoughts. What
thoughts are considered proper? Thoughts
of great kindness, great compassion, sympathy, charity, shame, and remorse are
truly proper thoughts. What are
considered deviant thoughts? Selfish
thoughts, thoughts of benefiting oneself, thoughts of jealousy, hatred, pride,
and idle thoughts. Our goal as we
cultivate is to get rid of false thoughts while preserving true thoughts.
In other words, we want to banish deviant thoughts and foster proper
must preserve a proper attitude in every thing we do.
These thoughts are proper knowledge and viewpoints.
Don’t cling to crooked thoughts, or deviant knowledge and viewpoints.
A person with deviant view mixes up right and wrong and doesn’t
distinguish between black and white. He
assumes his actions are correct, and so creates evil karma and falls into the
hells without knowing why. Therefore,
all the Buddhas spare no pains to warn us over and over:
“Don’t take the wrong turn in the road.
Avoid going down dead-end path!”
They want to tell all of us who cultivate the Way not make bad karma in
the Way-place. That is to say:
assume a good deed is too small to do and fail to do it.
assume an evil deed is too insignificant to matter and go do it.
should act with caution at all times and take great care.
As we get rid of our bad habits and faults and reform our bad behavior,
we should be “as if standing near the edge of a deep abyss; or as if
treading on thin ice.” We should
reform in particular our habit of relying on our excuse-maker, the clever,
rationalizing “smart-bugs.” Take
stock of yourself clearly. Don’t
simply pass the days in confusion, blindly follow blind men, cheating each
other as you go. This attitude has
brought the world to its present state of utter, murky chaos, so it grows more
dangerous with each passing moment. Leading
us inevitably on to doomsday and the extinction of the human race.
who possess proper thoughts are able to guide the citizens of the world onto
proper, broad, well-lit roads. On
these right roads, everyone shares similar feelings, everyone helps each other
along. It’s said, “Helping
others is the well-spring of joy.” Another
adage says, “The greatest joy comes from action done for goodness’ sake
alone.” There are no words to
fully describe the happiness that results from a good-hearted resolve to do
deeds that are purely good. Only
someone who actually does such good deeds knows the flavor of this happiness.
Do you want to sample a taste of good deeds?
It’s truly wonderful, joyful beyond description.
By no means should you walk down dark and twisting side roads.
Not only can you trip and fall on those crooked paths, but you can
easily lead others to the same dead end. Only
when your mind is proper, great and bright can you shine right through all the