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September 14, 1974, Saturday noon 

On Delusions about the Putrid Bag of Skin

Ven. Master Hsuan Hua


Some people have a strong aversion for the hard work of cultivation. To them I say, our stinking skin-bags have a terrible odour and contain a lot of filth, but you love yours so much that you want to give it good food, good clothes, and a good place to live. You want to fulfill its defiling desires and help it commit offenses. Nothing could be more stupid. Your behavior reveals your delusions, and yet you think you are smarter than everyone else. Frankly, you just stink more than anyone else! You are filthier than anyone else, yet you have no shame! To still suffer and get afflicted for the sake of your stinking skin-bag is really pathetic. Those who cultivate the Path shouldnít be attached to anything. If you have no attachments, you can let go of anything. The bodhimada is a place to create Buddhas, and whoever has a true resolve and practices with constant diligence will quickly realize enlightenment. People who are muddled and insincere will never achieve anything.

Iíve changed the last line a little. Here, my meaning is: Donít go back to the beginning,  just pick up where you left off.


Timely Teachings, page 296