Transmission of Three Refuges & Five Precepts

Transmission of Three Refuges & Five Precepts

Date: September 5, 2011 (Monday)
Time: 1:00pm

For those who are interested in taking refuge or taking the five precepts, an application form must be filled out and two passport size photos need to be supplied. Application fee is by donation. Application forms with photos can be returned to Gold Buddha Monastery. Download PDF application form

Taking refuge: going through a formal ceremony to become a Buddhist. The Triple Jewels or Three Refuges are the Buddha,the Dharma and the Sangha.

Taking the five precepts: to refrain from killing, from stealing, from sexual misconduct, from lying, and from taking intoxicants.

Anticipating the Future with a New Face of a Buddha Hall

Anticipating the Future with a New Face of a Buddha Hall

A report of the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Expansion of Gold Buddha Monastery

By Editorial Staff
Translated into English by Stephanie See

On May 7, 2011, Gold Buddha Monastery in Vancouver held a “Groundbreaking Ceremony” for Expansion of the Buddha Hall. Dharma Master Heng Chiang together with American senior Bhiksunis, Dharma Master Heng Chih and Dharma Master Heng Liang from City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, came to host and witnessed this historical event. Gold Buddha Monastery will now be entering a new chapter — anticipating the future with a new face of a Buddha hall.

Welcoming all living beings, Gold Buddha Monastery first opened in the spring of 1984 in Chinatown on East Hastings Street and later moved to East 11th Avenue in the year 2000. However, for the past few years due to the old building, the monastery experienced a lot of water leakage and required emergency maintenance. In addition, the Buddha hall has gradually been meeting its maximum capacity. After several rounds of communications and consultations, the expansion plan for the Buddha hall was finalized. This new expansion includes: (1) a 12-foot bronze Vairochana Buddha to be placed at the center of the hall; (2) ten thousand Buddhas from the five directions on the surrounding walls, each 12 cm x 12 cm plated in gold; (3) a 3-foot bronze Maitreya Buddha in the dining hall; (4) 18 stone arhats in the courtyard; (5) 4 great Heavenly Kings; and (6) Wei Tuo Bodhisattva and Qie Lan Buddhisattva to protect this monastery that upholds the proper dharma.

The plan for the expansion was approved by board of directors of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association in May of 2009. By October 2010, the monastery received approval for land use, building plans, and construction permits. April 29 of this year, the city of Vancouver officially approved the expansion plan. The construction for the extension will start from our current parking lot and the roof will be gold in color. We estimated the work to be done in half a year. After the work is done, we would then combine the current Buddha hall with the extension. The total area of the golden hall will be 5,500 square feet; and it will truly be a “Gold Buddha” Monastery.

On the day of the ground breaking ceremony, it continuously rained but it did not stop many dharma protectors from coming to join and rejoice on this assembly. From early in the morning, they started setting up tents, helped in the kitchen or helped prepare for the ground breaking ceremony. The ceremony started at 8:30am, the Dharma Masters led the assembly in reciting the Great Compassion Mantra in the Buddha Hall, using the mantra’s power to pray for today’s ceremony so that it would run smoothly. After that, they circled the monastic ground, sprinkling the ground with purified water so that those who were attending the ceremony and volunteers would also be purified.

At 10am, the ground breaking ceremony started. The Dharma host, Bhikshu Heng Chiang, lit incense and prayed. After the prayer, the rain suddenly came down and the whole sky became translucent and cool. We believe the dragons and heavenly protectors knew that great Buddha’s work was about to begin. After that three Dharma Masters put on gloves, each holding a shovel and started digging the soil, starting the ground breaking ceremony.

At the end, a group of volunteers of Gold Buddha Monastery performed a splendid taiko drum performance. With sincere and steady drum beats, beat after beat vibrating people’s mind—all the way up to the clouds, as if speaking to heaven and earth—for the sake of Gold Buddha monastery, let the proper dharma stay in the world, let the dharma wheel be turned so that its foundation would be solid. At the end of the ceremony, we invited the three Dharma Masters to speak during lunch.

Dharma Master Heng Chih said: Breaking the ground is a ceremony, but the meaning is deep. As said in the Earth Store Sutra, “Breaking the ground is like inviting the host of the ground to protect and support” Gold Buddha Monastery for a smooth expansion. The “earth” has ten qualities: (1) vast and great, (2) relied upon by sentient beings, (3) not given to likes and dislikes, (4) acceptance of great rains; no matter how much rain falls or how big snow falls, the earth could bear it; (5) enables vegetation to grow, (6) a repository for seeds; all the seeds are buried underground, (7) harbors many treasures, (8) yields various medicines, (9) unmoved by blowing winds, and (10) not startled by the lions’ roars. I wish that the earth will have many qualities to protect and support Gold Buddha Monastery.

Dharma Master Heng Liang said: Although the ground breaking ceremony was only an hour, but the meaning is important and big. The Venerable Master in 1980 had lectured: “This year is not a good year, there were a lot of big disasters that  happened. But everyone should focus on the good; do more good deeds, then disasters would not happen.” All Dharmas are impermanent. This is the philosophy of Buddhism and is different from other religions. Whether in the future we would encounter good or bad would depend on how we do things. If we do something good, a great meritorious deed or build a Buddha hall, then (our future) will change. And so, in this process, even if we encountered small obstacles, it is okay. We should “accord to conditions and not change” and continue moving on until the job of the Buddha hall is finished. Actually, the hard part is not finishing the job, but managing our mind — don’t get angry, be compassionate, be patient and have a proper conduct.

Dharma Master Heng Chiang said: The rain was very good and very delightful, because the heavenly dragons and the eight divisions had brought down sweet dew of dharma rain to purify the earth, so that everyone would feel cool. This rain also showed the sincerity and dedication from everyone and the Dharma Masters who were not afraid of wind and rain to finish the ceremony. In China, rain is very precious because general water resources are scarce, unlike in Canada where water is abundant.

During the ground breaking ceremony, the Dharma Masters held shovels and turned the soil over three times, representing three things. First: We pray to all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, heavenly dragons and protectors for their compassion, so that today’s ground breaking ceremony would be completed. Second: We pray to the mountain gods and earth spirits for their compassion, so that everything would run smoothly during the construction. Third: To pray to the mountain gods and earth spirits for their protection, and once the monastery is completed, to strike the great drums and turn the great Dharma wheel to help Canada and its surrounding areas to have good weather and peace.

In addition, the ground breaking ceremony also has another meaning and that is it represents Gold Buddha Monastery for the past 20 years, all past and present managing hosts and dharma protectors who strived to protect the monastery and let their dharma work has flourish. That is why after 20 years the monastery is able to expand further. All the Dharma Masters together with the laity are able to build a new Gold Buddha Monastery. After extending the Buddha hall, they would be able to gather in more living beings, can receive the benefits of the dharma, end birth and death, leave suffering and attain bliss. Lastly, everyone should take the merit and virtue of this ground breaking ceremony and transfer it to living beings of the dharma realm, to attain dharma bliss, increasing their blessings and wisdom, and attain Buddhahood.

Guan Yin Session

Guan Yin Session

July 19th is the actual day of Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s  Enlightenment (19th day of the 6th lunar month). This Sunday is the celebration, followed by a week long Guan Yin Session. All are welcome to join this event.

Date: July 17 – 23, 2011
8:00am – 4:30pm
Recitation of the Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra twice, recitation of Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s name, dedication of merit.

Every year we have a weekly session,
This is for the sake of the ridding the world’s poison.
The world’s air is now polluted,
The universe is brewing poisonous air,
Any method to rid this is useless.
We can only sincerely ask the Buddhas to emit light, purging this poison,
Eliminating this shadowless and formless air.

2011 Cherishing Youth Day

2011 Cherishing Youth Day

In keeping the tradition of our annual events, Cherishing Youth Day will be held on June 12 this year. All activities will take place in the parking lot behind GBM’s building. The event is FREE and registration for participation takes place at the Wishing Tree.

Schedule is as follows:
10:00 am – Performances
10:20 am – Lunch ceremony
10:50 am – Vegetarian lunch
11:20 am – Wishing-tree & Games start
01:30 pm – Giving out prizes
01:55 pm – Verse for Transferring Merit
02:00 pm – Clean up

Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation

Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation

Universally Turning the Great Flower Adornment Dharma Wheel
In Memory of the Virtue and Kindness of the Venerable Master Hua

“The Flower Adornment (Avatamsaka) Sutra is the Sutra of the Dharma Realm. It is also the Sutra of Empty Space. To the end of empty space and pervading the Dharma Realm, there is not a single place where the Flower Adornment Sutra is not present. Any place where the Flower Adornment Sutra is found is also a place where the Buddha is, a place where the Dharma is, and a place where the assembly of sages are.” ── Venerable Master Hua

Because the Venerable Master Hua deeply understood the inconceivable state of the great Flower Adornment Dharma and wanted his disciples to begin at the most basic level, he frequently exhorted his disciples to recite the Flower Adornment Sutra and even to memorize it. In his final instructions, the Master also said, “After I leave, you can recite the Flower Adornment Sutra.” Therefore starting on June 5th, GBM will host a 21-day Flower Adornment Dharma recitation session, hoping to offer everyone the opportunity to steep themselves in the Great Flower Adornment Dharma, understand a little bit of its flavor, and plant limitless good roots.

The Venerable Master often said, “The Flower Adornment Sutra is just like an auspicious cloud in empty space, pervading the three thousand great thousand worlds and giving moisture to all living beings. Once a week, the disciples solemnly and with proper deportment performed the Flower Adornment Repentance, in which they universally bowed in homage to the infinitely infinite Triple Jewel of the Flower Adornment Sealike Assembly. Cleansing the body and mind with the Flower Adornment Dharma rain, they sincerely repented and reformed themselves, began anew, and purified their actions, speech, and thought. This is what the Venerable Master had hoped his disciples would do.

Avatamsaka Sealike Assembly
Avatamsaka Sealike Assembly
Nagarjuna Bodhisattva
Nagarjuna Bodhisattva
 National Master Qing Liang of the Tang Dynast
National Master Qing Liang of the Tang Dynasty
Commemoration & Gratitude

Commemoration & Gratitude

The Avatamsaka Sutra Assembly & the Ceremony Commemorating the Sixteenth Anniversary of Venerable Master Hua’s Entering Nirvana

The Venerable’s vision was vast like the Dharma Realm. For the sake of bringing peace to living beings and promoting mutual harmony between religions, he worked endlessly.

The Venerable’s kind and compassionate vows pervades the Dharma Realm. Due to living beings ignorance and hindrances from seeing their true nature, he was mindful of them. He resolved to teach living beings compassionately to their benefit, until they too reached Buddhahood.

The Venerable was modest and selfless, compassionately drawing affinities with all, unconditionally. For the sake of living beings, he lifted the torch of wisdom to shed light for those in the dark.

In expressing our deep gratitude & recollection of the Venerable Master Hua, the Commemorating Ceremony & Passing of Offerings will be held on June 5. GBM will also host the Avatamsaka Sutra Recitation Session from June 5-25, 2011. The Avatamsaka Sutra will be recited from 8am – 4pm daily. You are cordially invited.

Japan Disaster-relief Piano Concert at the Berkeley Monastery

Japan Disaster-relief Piano Concert at the Berkeley Monastery

Light From the Darkness

The Berkeley Buddhist Monastery and Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Northern California warmly invite you to a fund-raising piano concert for disaster relief in Japan, featuring internationally renowned pianist Gwhyneth Chen.

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2011
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
2304 McKinley Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703 USA
Tel: 510.848.3440
Admission: free

All donations welcome.
A reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

Guan Yin Session

Guan Yin Session

Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s Birthday is on March 20th this year, we’ll celebrate on this day to begin the week long Guan Yin Session. All are welcome to join this event.

Date: March 20 – 26, 2011
8:00am – 4:00pm
Recitation of the Universal Door Chapter of the Lotus Sutra twice, recitation of Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s name, dedication of merit.

Every year we have a weekly session,
This is for the sake of the ridding the world’s poison.
The world’s air is now polluted,
The universe is brewing poisonous air,
Any method to rid this is useless.
We can only sincerely ask the Buddhas to emit light, purging this poison,
Eliminating this shadowless and formless air.

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Liberating Life in Vancouver Harbor

Liberating Life in Vancouver Harbor

Respecting Life, Benefiting Living Beings

Gold Buddha Monastery

Verse of Merit and Virtue by Great Master Han Shan :

Just as people love to live long,
All beings love their life.
Liberating life is heaven’s wish;
Liberating life fulfills Buddha’s teaching.
Liberating life averts the three disasters;
Liberating life frees us from the nine accidents.
By liberating life, we gain longevity;
By liberating life, we enjoy prosperity.
By liberating life, we gain offspring.
By liberating life, we ensure happiness in the family,
By liberating life, we are free of worries;
By liberating life, we seldom fall ill.
By liberating life, we dissolve enmity.
By liberating life, we purify our karma.
Liberating life is Guan Yin’s kindness;
Liberating life is Universal Worthy’s practice.
Whether we liberate life or take life,
Our retribution is as clear as a mirror.

The three disasters are war, disease and hunger. The nine accidents are incurable disease, the death penalty, being drained of vitality by a nonhuman entity, being burned by fire, being drowned, being devoured by an animal, falling off a mountain, being put under a spell, hunger and dehydration. People who practice liberating life consequently enjoy long life. If you wish for longevity, then you need to liberate life.

As Mahayana Buddhists, we know that Bodhisattvas practice the Bodhisattva Path which consists of the Six Paramitas and Myriad Practices. Within the Six Paramitas and Myriad Practices, they mostly focus on the Six Paramitas (giving, upholding precepts, patience, vigor, Samadhi and prajna wisdom); within these Six Paramitas, giving comes first. There are three kinds of giving: the giving of wealth, the giving of Dharma, and the giving of fearlessness.

There are some requirements to liberating life. First, we need to know the kind of animals we want to liberate. Do they fl y in the sky, run on the ground, or swim in the sea? Are they insects? Where is the appropriate place to liberate them? It’s very important to select a proper environment; this is a form of giving fearlessness, to assist these animals to evade death. If people don’t care about the environment, the animals will prey upon each other and suffer injury and death. Then one is hurting life and damaging the environment.

Gold Buddha Monastery is located in Vancouver, Canada. Known as the gateway to the Pacific Ocean Vancouver is surrounded by water and is the largest natural harbor of the Pacific Ocean in North America. In the early days, Gold Buddha Monastery was located in Chinatown, next to a fish market, so naturally liberating sea creatures became our frequent activity. In the year of 2000, we moved from Chinatown to the current location, but for more than 20 years, on the last Sunday of the month, the liberating life ceremony has been held without fail. We still liberate sea creatures, so we can send the sea creatures just caught by the fishermen back to the ocean immediately.

Liberating life is liberating ourselves, because living being and we are as one. A living being is just myself; I myself am a living being. People can get along if they are able to understand and forgive, but otherwise they suffer together. In China, farmers leave some grains for the birds to eat during the harvest season; this shows their kindness and compassion and their respect for life. When I see a snail crossing the street, I will move him to the lawn; this is the continuation of life between the snail and myself. From this action, the snail’s life is saved and I feel like I have avoided death from dehydration in the desert of life.

Often, we want to liberate life, but we do not understand the animals adequately. Then we end up not respecting and not caring about life and possibly taking life instead. Because of our ignorance, we fail to benefit living beings. The most precious thing in the world is life. Any type of life should be respected. Why liberate life? The Ten Grounds Chapter in the Avatamsaka Sutra says, “Towards all beings endowed with life, generate kind and beneficial thoughts.” This can increase one’s kind and compassionate intentions to free them. To refrain from killing is also to practice kindness and compassion.

The “Appearance of the Thus Come One” chapter in the Avatamsaka Sutra says, “All Buddhas, World Honored Ones, rescue and protect all living beings in their great kindness, and liberate all living beings out of great compassion; they benefit all beings through their great kindness and great compassion.” There is not a single mote of dust where the Bodhisattva has not given up his life! All Buddhas, World Honored One, out of tremendous kindness and compassion, help, rescue, and cross over all living beings. Their great kindness and compassion pervasively benefits all living beings.

In the fish market, we buy halibut, ling cod, rockfish, crab, shrimp, clam, oyster etc. which are about to be killed and sold. We pick the big ones with eggs. We buy them by the container. To pay money to buy these sea creatures is to practice the giving of wealth. The Brahma Net Sutra says: “If we see people killing animals, we need to rescue them, to liberate them from suffering.” To free living beings destined for slaughter, to free them from fear, to return all of them to the ocean, is a greatly meritorious deed. This is a true gift of fearlessness. This is to extensively benefic living beings.

For more than 20 years, Gold Buddha Monastery has been following the regulations of the Fisheries and Oceans Department in Vancouver. In the beginning, we bought 1,000 Canadian dollars’ worth of sea creatures. Starting from year 2000, we can liberate about 3,000 Canadian dollars’ worth of sea creatures. From year of 2007, we increased to 700 pounds, worth about 4,000 to 5,000 Canadian dollars, of sea creatures. At the end of 2007, the Fisheries and Oceans Department in Vancouver has visited Gold Buddha Monastery a few times. Then starting in 2008, they approved us to liberate up to 1,400 pounds of sea creatures. Therefore, Gold Buddha Monastery became the monastery that can liberate the most sea creatures in the Vancouver region.

The Fisheries and Oceans Department indicated that we can liberate the following ocean creatures: halibut, flounder, ling cod, bullhead, rock sole, lemon sole, rockfish, greenling, cabezon, butter, crab, prawn, shrimp, clam, littleneck and Pacific oysters.

Although the causes and conditions of each life are impermanent, every life is equal! Based on the basic teaching of the Buddhadharma, we learn to understand the nature of our mind. First, we learn to respect life, then we learn to contemplate life and care for life. By applying the mind of kindness and compassion to everything, we can help all living beings leave suffering and enjoy happiness. The Buddhadharma is not just a conversation topic, not just a theory, it is an action that we need to uphold and practice in our daily life. Regardless of whether it is a blade of grass, a flower, or a tree, we don’t want to break it. Whether it is a worm, an ant, a fl y, a fish, or a fish egg, we don’t want to harm or disturb it. This is the mind of kindness and compassion. This is to widely benefit all living beings.

Many types of living creatures can be liberated, but some sea creatures are unfit to be released into the sea because their lives are too fragile. After we buy fishes and sea creatures from the fish market, we must deliver them to the doorstep at Gold Buddha Monastery on the last Sunday of each month before 9:30 a.m. Within a short time we need to place these sea creatures in some super-sized plastic containers and install oxygen pipes. We do all the preparations to ensure that no sea creature dies before the liberating life ceremony.

When Gold Buddha Monastery was still located in Chinatown, many laymen often placed the containers with the sea creatures directly into the Buddha Hall. Since we moved, the containers are placed at the front door of the monastery because the left side is the Buddha Hall after we enter the door way. First, we sing the Praise for Purifying the Water and recite the Great Compassion Mantra three times, then sprinkle the purified water on these sea creatures. The fishes swing their bodies and splash the water, the crabs and shrimps also make lots of movement. It seems like they know this is the day that they will be liberated.

After the boundaries have been purified, the Liberating Life Ceremony begins. We recite the Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra and the Rebirth Mantra. Then we request the Triple Jewel to come and we repent on behalf of these sea creatures, then conduct the Three Refuges Ceremony to allow them to “take refuge with the Buddha, to avoid falling into the hells; take refuge with the Dharma, to avoid falling among the hungry ghosts; take refuge with the Sangha, to avoid falling among the animals.” The Dharma Master speaks “The Dharma of the Twelve Links of Conditioned Causation” to them, then speaks the Four Great Vows and praises the Thus Come One. The presiding Dharma Master also recites “We wish that after you are released, you will never again encounter evil demons, be devoured by predators or snared in nets, and that you will live out your natural span of years. We wish that at the end of your lives you will, because you have received the power of the Triple Jewel, be reborn in accord with conditions, maintain the precepts, cultivate, see the Buddha, hear the Dharma, receive the prediction of a Bodhisattva, and transform living beings.”

The sutra clearly indicates that these liberated beings derive great benefit from hearing the Buddha’s name and the mantras. The Universal Worthy Conduct and Vows Chapter in the Avatamsaka Sutra says: “There are many lands in a mote of dust; in every land there are unimaginable Buddhas; every Buddha dwells in an assembly. I see them constantly cultivating Bodhi deeds.” Therefore, during the Liberating Life Ceremony, we need to bring forth the Bodhi mind and the Four Limitless Mental Qualities of kindness, compassion, joy, and giving. Through this contemplation, we put the Buddha’s name and the mantras into our own body, contemplate within ourselves, then return the contemplation to the living beings being liberated. May they gain happiness through the contemplation.

Also, we can contemplate the emptiness of the three aspects: that is, the living beings being liberated, the self, and the place where the liberation is performed are all empty. The Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra says, “One should practice giving without any attachment to the Dharma.” The merit and virtue of an offering made with no attachment to form is truly limitless. The emptiness of the three aspects means there is no attachment. One performs deeds as if not performing them, breaking through all attachment.

During the liberation ceremony, we recite the Buddha’s name for the creatures, recite mantras, speak the Dharma, perform Three Refuges, make vows and transfer merit. This is just like making a Dharma offering. A Dharma offering is especially important. Why? It can increase their wholesome foundation, so they can attain liberation. If we don’t recite the Buddha’s name for them, then although we have physically freed them, we have not truly helped them to realize their Dharma body and their wholesome foundation. They didn’t receive the true benefit.

After the Liberating Life Ceremony ended, we continue to recite Amitabha Buddha’s name, then we move the containers with the sea creatures onto the trucks and take them to the harbor. Many laypeople also drive to the Burrard Inlet Harbor in Vancouver.

In the early days, this was a private estate, but then a Vancouver police officer understood our need and gave us the front gate key to enter the Royal Police Boat Launching Ramp. Later on, the harbor regulated by the royal government moved to another dock, and there is a gate on the boat launching ramp. There is a sloped ramp at the front gate entrance. Often, there will be six foot long boat or an upscale cruise boat docked in the harbor.

At the Liberating Life Dharma Assembly on the last Sunday of each month, the great Buddha Hall is packed with lay people from different places and different traditions. There are Westerners, Asians, Chinese Buddhists, Tibetan Buddhists, Theravada Buddhists, and people who come just to enjoy the ceremony. Some come to pray for blessings for their family member or pray for themselves. Other come to pray because their prayer has been answered. Some come because they respect life and respect the Liberating Life Dharma Assembly. Regardless, everyone’s face shows his hope and joy in the Dharma.

The “Appearance of the Thus Come One” chapter in the Avatamsaka Sutra says “Living beings in the water receive benefit from the water; living beings on land receive benefit from the land; living beings in the palace receive benefit from the palace; living beings in the air receive benefit from the air.” Aquatic creatures such as fish, turtles, shrimp, crabs, are beings of the water who receive benefit from the water. All land animals, including farm animals, receive benefit from the land. Beings who live in the palace refers to humans, who receive benefit from their homes. Living beings in the air refer to flying species, including insects, who receive benefit from the air.

We notify the Royal Police Force once we reach the harbor; then many laymen work together to move the containers holding the sea creatures. Two-person teams move them to the slope and put them down on the docking station. In a short time, the entire docking station is packed with people.

The Dharma Master leads us with the sound of the bell, and every one of us sincerely recites “Homage to Amitabha Buddha.” At the same time, we pour the sea creatures out of the containers. If they are fish or shrimp, then they will be slowly poured into the ocean. If they are big fish, then we will pick them up by hand and slide them into the ocean. If they are clams or oysters, then we will pick them up by hand and slowly put them into the ocean. If they are big crabs, the we will untie the rope and use our hands to put them back to the ocean one by one.

As we recite the Buddha’s name, these sea creatures return to the ocean. Often, we see the fi sh swim for awhile and return over and over; they swim freely in the ocean and seem to be saying thank you to us by nodding their heads. Finally, as the Dharma Master leads us to sing the Verse for Transferring the Merit, the assembly completes the meaningful and profound Liberating Life Dharma Assembly in accord with the Dharma.

Venerable Master Hua mentioned, “Liberating Life has a very important place in Buddhism. People do not understand the meaning so we think that is very common. If you want to liberate yourself, first you need to practice liberating life. If you don’t practice liberating life, then you cannot be liberated. This is the theory of limitless birth and limitless transformation. Don’t take this lightly. If you work more on this, then you will grow more in this area. Cultivating the Way means to cultivate yourself. Take care not to slander this dharma door just because you do not understand the meaning of it!


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liberation at the waterfront