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Sunday noon, October 29, 1972
12. On Good Roots and Virtue
Everyone who is studying the Buddhadharma here is a person with good roots in the Dharma. You must nurture and cherish your own good roots, and not casually abuse or squander them. People who study the Buddhadharma must be endowed with the greatest virtue. Not only do you yourself have to have virtue, but your parents and ancestors must also have developed virtue. It is this combined virtue that enables you to study the Buddhadharma. If you were not endowed with good roots and virtue, you would not be able to remain in this monastic setting. This monastery maintains the highest standards of any in America , in China óin the entire world. You shouldnít look lightly on yourself and think that you have no virtue. You all have virtue, but because you havenít become enlightened, you arenít aware of it.
Today Iím going to tell you a bit of news. In just two months, Gold Mountain Monastery will have been established for two years. Counting our stay in Chinatown , weíve been established for four years altogether. In all these years, I have been observing the causes and circumstances, and it seems to me that there are one, two, or maybe three individuals who may be able to realize the first stage of Arhatship in three years. If you work very hard, you may be one of them. If you are lazy, you will miss the opportunity. I am telling you this to exhort you to try your hardest and not to fall back into the cesspool. Of course, if you really want to fall back into it, itís your own choice. But once you fall in, youíll be sorry.