Tao Seminar Learning (III)—Practice the Three Treasures and Settle Our Minds
~~ A speech by the Grand Master on the Enlightening Session on December 31st, 1999.
The wonderful, immense, and marvelous status requires our awareness and our practice. To obtain this, the most essential step is to rest both our bodies and thoughts.
First, avoid unnecessary thoughts, especially those regarding the spiritual aspect. Second, stay wide awake while meditating. Then we can listen to our inner voice clearly and continuously. Listen with our ears and minds, and listen to the inner voice from within. Focus on the five sounds of the Wordless Sutra. Listen to the five sounds calmly, tranquilly, and naturally. Consequently, our “souls” will naturally return to the “Heavenly Portal.”
Retrieve our souls from the outer world. If we can always commit to the method to retrieve our thoughts, we can soon return to our true nature by resting our bodies, minds, and even spirits.
Since we are always having lots of thoughts in our minds, it is not easy to return our souls back to the Heavenly Portal, nor is it easy to retrieve our outgoing hearts. Now that we have learned the method on how to return our souls into the Heavenly Portal, we should practice the method diligently, so that we can soon learn how to return to nil and return to our true nature.
When keeping the first treasure, try not to keep it too tight. Keeping it tight causes headaches; however, keeping it too loosely can distract our attention. To concentrate, we need to keep it intermediately between tightness and relaxation. In such case, we can succeed in keeping it and thus feel comfortable.
Disregard the unnecessary thoughts when they appear. The purpose of practicing the Three Treasures time after time is to return our minds to the true nature and to calm our minds. We should use the Three Treasures in a moderate approach. Our constantly agitated hearts can be pacified through the Three Treasures. Even if we encounter catastrophes, difficulties, or serious depression, we can realize the true nature in us through the Three Treasures and overcome all the difficulties.
If we can learn to practice this in our daily life, we can easily ease our minds with tranquility, confidence, and peace. Practice the method we have learned, and try to retrieve the outgoing hearts whenever available even in places away from home.
Especially when we conduct morning and evening worships we should retrieve our outgoing hearts and be attentive. If our minds cannot rest at ease during worshiping ceremonies, how can we possibly appreciate and worship all the gods and Buddha? We should change our thoughts to that we are honored to have a chance to sincerely kowtow or worship, to Ming Ming Shang Di, Lao Mu; to kowtow to the Heaven, Earth, Sovereign, Parents, and Teachers; and to kowtow to All Saints and Deities. By doing so, we will feel delighted and full of joy.
While we are worshiping, we shall not feel upset about the lengthy procedure. Disregard the thoughts, calm our minds, and rest our bodies and souls. Then we can be at ease and full of joy at any time and any place. Only through the practice of resting our bodies and minds can we become a nice and satisfactory disciple of Ji Gong Living Buddha and Patriarch Maitreya Buddha.