For example, we humans have two or three kinds of actions. One kind is action that you are aware of. We do things consciously with our mind. Another kind is unconscious action.
What is conscious action? It is when we do things with a clear awareness For instance, now I am opening this thing deliberately and want to see what's inside. Fruits. Now I know. This is a deliberate action. Or, I deliberately drink water or look at your eyes, wipe my face, all these are deliberate actions that I am clearly aware of.
I know I am doing them. There are actions that we are unaware of. For instance, when we are sleeping, we may roll about. Isn't that right? Who is moving? Ourselves. But we are not aware of it. Or when we sit here sleeping, we may snore. Right? Snoring. We are not even aware that we are snoring.
These are unconscious actions. Such unconscious actions are also our actions; they are also generated by our subconsciousness.
There is no other person rolling us on the bed. There is no other person snoring for us either. Similarly, there is another kind of action, the third kind, which is even invisible to outside people. Suppose we snore and are not aware of it, but other people know.
There is another kind of invisible action that even other people cannot see. It is inside the Tathāgatagarbha, which we call “Buddha Nature.” If we can unearth it for our use, it will be superior to the first and second kinds of actions. If we can accept that we have a kind of unconscious action, we should be able to accept that there are sub-unconscious actions, which we call actions of the Buddha Nature.
This is very logical. We don't even understand what we are doing during our sleep. There is another kind of action that is even more difficult to understand, which is called wisdom, Buddha Nature, or heavenly quality, or the Tao.
If we are aware of this “thing,” we can control it, we can take it out to serve our daily life and bring us to a realm we want. There are many things that we do not know. The first kind of action is what I call “conscious action.” The second kind is “unconscious action,” which includes our heartbeat, our automatic liver function, or our automatic blood circulation. Do you think that your heart beats automatically?
We can control our heart. We think we cannot stop our heartbeat. We can! Many yogis can stop their heartbeat if they want to. We think we cannot control our breath. Isn't that right? We breathe naturally. No, we can also control it.
After practice, many people can stop their breath at will. Who stops their breath? Who? The person himself! Right. Who stops his heartbeat for him? It's also the person himself. What does that mean? That means we have a lot of automatic actions that are done naturally through our subconscious, without us ever knowing. This gives us a little bit of hope. Hope for what? That we can find a more profound power that is beyond the subconscious.
If we can control our heartbeat… We shouldn't control it either. I mean, some people can control it. So it's also up to us and controllable by us whether the heart beats or not. Do not think that it is a natural phenomenon. It is we ourselves that control our heartbeat. That is why some people can find a way to consciously stop their breath or heartbeat for a while. This makes us think that we have a lot of talent that we are unaware of.
There is a kind of superior power, we can call it a dormant power. It is more subtle than our heartbeat, breath, and circulation. Some people can dig it out for their use. We call them great saints, great spiritual practitioners, great enlightened beings, or saviors, who come to save the world, such as Jesus Christ, Shakyamuni Buddha, Lao Tzu, Socrates, and other past masters.
These past masters looked just like us. They also had a nose, whether a flat or a tall nose, it doesn't matter. One nose and two eyes, which could have been eyes like this, or very big eyes. They were exactly like us. So how come they were enlightened? It is because they could control their so-called dormant and sub-unconscious power and actions.
Like ancient people, modern people can of course do it also. What's the use of these sub-unconscious power and actions? It is useful in many ways. It makes us free, and we suffer less and able to help the suffering people in this world.
For example, we have a power to manifest innumerable transcendental bodies. We can do this. We can unearth this power and use our own power to manifest innumerable transcendental bodies to go to innumerable places to help innumerable people, all at the same time, without the need to take an airplane or spend any money or effort.
While sitting here and giving a lecture, we can manifest as transcendental bodies to go out to save people. Isn't that great? Some people can stop their heartbeat, turning a natural process into a controllable action, and we already think they are great.
Not everyone can do that. Not every yogi can do that. We already think that they are great. Then those who have innumerable transcendental bodies and are capable of saving beings in Heaven and hell are obviously great. I want everyone to know about this news. We can do it, as long as we learn it.
It is not impossible. We ourselves still have many inconceivable powers. We only need to put in some effort to dig them out, then we can use them. So, you see, attaining Buddhahood is nothing mysterious. We only need to learn it, like learning to stop our heartbeat or control our breath for a short time. Some people can do it.
We can also do it. Some yogis can stop their breath and heartbeat for a long time, several weeks or months. People can bury them for a long time and nothing happens. When the time is up, someone has to dig up and retrieve his body, give him a massage, take care of him, or tap him on the body or rub a certain acupunctural point and then he will wake up, stand up, and walk around, eat, drink and make merry just the same as before.
It was said that Jesus Christ, after his so-called death, came back again. I think it is because he went to India and learned the method of feigning death. Yes, faking death. Although he fainted after his body was injured, he didn't die.
When the time was right, he came out and went back to India where he continued to teach people in Kashmir. He passed away at the age of 120. When I went to Kashmir, I could still see the tomb, his grave. They guarded the place very strictly and did not allow people to casually enter.
At that time, I didn't know where my sincerity came from, but Jesus let me in. I went in to take a look and meditated there for a while before someone came and asked me to leave. Only then did I know that I was not supposed to go in.
His name was inscribed in that place, “Youza Asouph,” in the Kashmiri language, meaning Jesus. In Tibet, his history was also recorded. In Tibet, his name was Issa. Have you read the book? (The Lost Years of Jesus.) The Lost Years of Jesus. Have you? Has anyone read it? Yes. The book mentions that he had been to Tibet. In Tibet, his name was different. Could be Issa or…. But upon hearing it, you know it means Jesus, right? In Kashmir, I heard his name again,Issa. Hearing the name, we know it is Jesus, right?
So, in India Buddha's name is Shakyamuni, but here we call him Buddha. If we do not understand Sanskrit, we won't understand the name. But if we do understand it, our pronunciation is very close.
Some names are even more distorted. For example, when Shakyamuni Buddha was alive, Quan Yin Bodhisattva's Indian name was Avalokitesvara. That is not very long yet. In Âu Lạc (Vietnam), it became “A lị da bạ lô chê ti thất phật ra lăng đạ bà.”
This is Quan Yin Bodhisattva's name in Aulacese (Vietnamese). However, if you ask most Aulacese (Vietnamese) people, they do not know that they are reciting Quan Yin Bodhisattva when they recite this. This is in the "Great Mercy Mantra": “Namo arya, valokite-svaraya, Bodhisattva!” This is it! This is Namo Avalokitesvara. Because we pronounce it out syllable by syllable, it has become so long.
If we pronounce it in Sanskrit quickly with the syllables connected together, it is Avalokitesvara. Some pronounce it as: Ava-lo-ki-ta-sa-ta- ka-sa-ba-la-ba-ba. If one pronounces out all the weak sounds of “kitesvara,” it will become ki-ta-ke-sa-ke.That is a precise literal translation, really very precise.
Quan Yin Bodhisattva has no idea whose name they are chanting. That is why their chanting does not work. I also used to chant it very strenuously. Later, after I went to India and studied the original Sanskrit, I couldn't help laughing at myself.
I finally found out what it really was. That's why I chanted for half a year but Quan Yin Bodhisattva did not understand. Poor Quan Yin Bodhisattva. It is really unfair for us to say that she never answers us.
She does not understand what we humans are saying. Her name became so long and terribly distorted. Probably Jesus Christ had learned the method of stopping heartbeat and breath. That's why he came back three days after his death. When practicing these methods, sometimes we can control it; sometimes we cannot. If we cannot control it, then we need a companion.
He can help us by massaging here, or striking a gong or a drum to wake us up. This method is neither that great nor the ultimate. I just offer this method for your reference so that you understand we have within us many more different abilities that we are not aware of.
Thus, we think our heartbeat is automatic and we are born like that, or our circulation machine functions naturally. It is not! Our subconscious is controlling it. If we can communicate with this subconscious, of course we can stop our heartbeat when we want to. The Buddha Nature is also a hidden power, a forgotten quality.
If we know the method, we can dig it out for our use. It is just like when we know a way to control our subconscious, we can stop the forgotten actions such as our heartbeat and breath. Even our heartbeat and breath that we can observe every day, we still forget, and think that they are naturally this way.
We don't think that we are controlling them, let alone the so-called Buddha Nature, the so-called Kingdom of God, which is invisible and much easier to forget. So, whether there is a God or not, we don't have to debate. We have such a great treasure, such a great power, wouldn't it be a great pity if we did not dig it out to use? (Yes.)
Even if we pray to God, Hes will not dig this out for us. Hes won't! Otherwise, Hes would have done it long ago. Only a living Buddha can do this for us. It is his job. He won't be giving us anything either. He just knows where the button is.
He knows that from the day he presses the button for us, it will start functioning by itself. We will recognize more and more of our dormant quality,that forgotten power of ours. That is why we heard that some people, after practicing for some time, can remember their past lives or they can see other people's past lives.
This is not fortune telling. I am not talking about fortune telling. With fortune telling, we can use our birth date, our birth hour, and our birth year, all combined together, and also the birth places of our parents, to calculate it. It is sometimes also accurate.
Why? It is because our microcosm is related to the macrocosm. The orbiting of the stars and moon is related to our inside. So, fortune telling can also be accurate to a limited extent. However, it is different from what I just mentioned, that, after spiritual practice, we can see our past and future.
We can see what we were in past lives and we can dig out our dormant qualities. Life after life, we have incarnated in different kinds of bodies. Those different kinds of bodies were created by us for our own use, so we can remember very clearly. Whatever we did was done deliberately.
When I say “deliberately,” you may object. You may say that many things we did were not done deliberately. We did not deliberately want to be an animal. We did not deliberately want to be a bad person. It is deliberate. You did it knowingly.
It was deliberate, but also not deliberate. Why was it deliberate? Our true Self did it on purpose; however, our mind was not aware of it. That is why I say “deliberately but not deliberately.”
For example, we snore when we sleep. When people scold us, we say, “No, I did not do it on purpose.” You did it on purpose. If it was not your will, whose will was it? It is your subconscious that likes to snore. It feels good to snore, so it becomes a habit, and you continue. It doesn't cause any problems for itself.
Since it is sleeping, it does not get bothered, so it continues to snore because it feels good with the breathing. Or we may say our heartbeat is not a deliberate action, or “my heart beats automatically, not deliberately.”
It is deliberate. So it is possible to find a way to control it. Why? That is why when we make any mistake, even though we say we did not do it on purpose, we still incur bad karma (retribution). It is because another organ of ours is doing it on purpose.
This is not just my personal opinion. If you study psychology, many scientists or psychologists have proven that our habits or any of the mistakes that we make are deliberately done by our subconscious.
They explain, for example, “One day I made an appointment with a certain person and I don't know why I arrived very late. My car suddenly could not start. When I went out, the bus just left and did not wait for me.” Then the psychologists will tell us that those situations were created by us deliberately.
Their explanation is that, in our heart or our subconscious, we did not like that person whom we had an appointment with. So we generate a response within us that subsequently creates the situation. This is the explanation of the psychologists.
Have you ever heard of this theory? Have you? (Yes.) That is right. Then you are more knowledgeable. The psychologists and scientists have discovered many things resembling those from spiritual practice, but they have only discovered a small part that is more coarse. They have not discovered the very fine, subtle, and mysterious part.
Why? Because the mind has a limit, like a computer. They cannot dig out the parts that are much more subtle, intangible, and invisible, that also cannot be proven. Therefore, the Quan Yin Method that we are learning is not superstition.
I explain everything to you in a scientific way. That's why you like it. Isn't that right? (Yes.) No matter what we believe in or what method we are studying, we must keep an objective mind and a scientific spirit. We must not be superstitious and worship everything or listen to everything.
Some people who practiced a long time, even when immersed in water, they would not drown. This is also nothing great, I am sorry. Some people can walk on fire, very hot fire, or on the coals. Red hot coals are placed on a path and they just walk on them without getting hurt or burnt, without having to chant Quan Yin Bodhisattva.
They are controlling themselves and do not let it happen. Some do not even require spiritual practice. Have you ever been to a circus?
Some performers can walk on a very thin rope or even ride a bicycle on the rope. Right? How can they do it? (Training.) Training! They focus their minds. It is not magical power. The circus performers do not have magical powers. They just train their minds to focus intensely.
Even animals can do it. It just takes training. I hear that horses don't know how to jump, right? Horses don't know how to jump over things. They can only run long distances, back and forth, but they don't know how to jump. However, they can do it after we train them.
Therefore, in equestrian competitions, they put a lot of hurdles up for the horses to jump over. If we did not know that horses do not originally know how to jump, we might not think that it was a big deal.
They just have the horses jump over a tiny hurdle and then everyone claps. It's because horses cannot jump, so training them to jump over obstacles is a great accomplishment. But I think this world is really boring, so people find ways to amuse themselves. Everyone spends a lot of money just to make horses jump here and there in competitions.
If we are so bored, why not practice the Quan Yin Method? After practicing the Quan Yin Method, we will know many greater things and then we won't be so bored. Everyone watches the horses jump and then applauds.
Then another horse jumps over it, “Wow!” They waste the whole day watching the horses. The spectators only waste one day; the trainers, much more. They get a lot of good and costly food for the horses. Isn't that right? (Yes.)
They put in so much money and effort to build a huge auditorium for the equestrian competition, don't they? The best place with the best grass, the most expensive land for the horses to jump on. It is a topsy-turvy world. It is so difficult for us to build a temple. Without a permit or suitable land, it cannot be built. But you know the land in Formosa (Taiwan) is very expensive and scarce.
It is very difficult to build a temple, but it is not that difficult to build an arena for horses to jump around in, because people are bored. There are few enjoyable things in the world, I can understand that. If everyone saves their precious time and money to practice the Quan Yin Method, they can see more incredible, marvelous, and interesting things by themselves at home. At that time, we don't need to put in so much money, effort and time.
Of course, people who do not practice the Quan Yin Method will be skeptical. They will not believe me easily. How can there be such a good method, without spending time and money, without going to the Himalayas for retreats, or leaving your husband or wife, forsaking your job, or making any offerings? Of course, it is too hard to believe. Right? (Yes.)
Since it is too hard to believe, you should, because this person is not asking for money or anything, hence she has no reason to cheat us. Is that not true? There must be a motive for anyone to cheat us.
For example, he wants our money, he wants us to work for him, to support him or to expand his organization, right? I do not want any of these. I also don't want money.
Since I am so strict, I definitely do not want to attract many people. If I wanted many people to come, my rules would not be so strict. Not everyone can come because our place is not meant for worshipping but for meditation. It is not an activity center. Meditation means sitting in silence. We do not chat, nor receive and entertain guests. We are more strict. If I really want a lot of people to come in order to become famous and have a lot of people, I would not have such strict rules.
I am encouraging you to practice. New spiritual practitioners need a kind of fence to protect the purity of our actions, speech, and thoughts. Without some strict rules, we tend to slack off. We'd become disciples by just casually coming to pay respect to the teacher, joining the group, and offering some money. How could it be so simple?
If we truly want to dig out this dormant power to use, to have innumerable transcendental bodies, to become omnipresent and omnipotent, offering money and getting an ordained name is not enough. Isn't that right? (Yes.) //So, our method of spiritual practice is certainly different from others. Since it's so different, why do people still like it so much? //Because we have results, immediate results, and then more and more results.
If a fruit tree bears a lot of fruit, then we know that it is a good tree. Is that not so? If we taste one of the fruits and it is very sweet, then we know that the fruits are good. Don't we? No need to advertise; we will keep buying them.
We eat more and more, and we buy more and more. That is why we have more and more fellow initiates. This proves that our method bears fruit.
The truth is the truth. Like a fruit, if it is sweet, then it is sweet. People can tell you that the fruit is not sweet, “It is not sweet! Why don't you believe me? It is sour!” But you keep eating and you would not hear what he said because it tastes too good.If someone sees you eating so heartily, he will also join you.
When another person comes along and sees you eating, he will know it is delicious, right? If it were not good, there wouldn't be a big crowd of people wanting to buy. So, the truth is the truth. A method that can be proven is a proven method. No one can change that.