October 29, 1973 | Monday evening

On a Vow to Give Away Wisdom

Ven. Master Hsuan Hua    


I also remember something else that happened to me. I realized that each person wants to be better than everyone else, smarter and wiser. At that time I made a peculiar vow. What was it? None of you knows. I vowed that I wanted to be more stupid than anybody else, to give away all the wisdom that I was supposed to have as a gift to all people. I wanted to be dumber than any person, more stupid than any living being. After I made that vow, I did in fact become stupid. Stupid to what point? If I had money, I wanted to give it away so others could use it. I did the same with any other possessions I had. Not only did I give away dictionaries, I even gave away my body, mind, and life. That was what I did in the past, and now I donít know whether it was in a dream, or while eating or sleeping, that I seemed to recall such a thing taking place. This is true, actual, and not false.


Timely Teachings, page 30.