November 21, 1973 | Wednesday evening
On the Frequency and Pace of the Lecture Series
Ven. Master Hsuan Hua
Tomorrow is a holiday [Thanksgiving Day]. From now on, whenever there is a holiday, we will add an extra sutra lecture after lunch, because on holidays everyone can attend. Tomorrow (Thursday) the lecture will be at the usual [weekend] time: 12:30-2:30 p.m. We will have this supplementary lecture on each holiday, because the Flower Adornment Sutra is so long: if we don’t add some lectures, it’s hard to say how many years it will take to complete the lecture series. That’s why a visiting Dharma Master was worried for us and said, “Each lecture you just explain one verse of four lines. At that rate, how many years will it take you to finish?” For that reason, and since we are in the scientific age, I’m going to speed up a bit. Tonight we’ve already discussed three water-ruling spirits, and tomorrow we can discuss three more, and bit by bit we can finish. If I make mistakes while lecturing, you can investigate the commentaries. The commentaries will tell you very clearly; certainly they have greater wisdom than my commentary. Hence you “Commentary Dharma Masters” must be careful not to stray from your commentaries!
Timely Teachings, pages 353.