Why have so many people learnt so much from Chan since the ancient times? Is it able to bless them? No, it is believed to develop their wisdom, which can make them feel happy and liberated getting at ease and joy.
We can think about our own role in this society, and think about where “I” is and where we are going? What can “I” do for this society? People pursue fame, but they don’t know what they can give. When your own virtue is not enough, you can’t control it even if you give yourself fame.
There are three kinds of wealth:
the first kind is like flowers and plants in the mountains, which bloom in spring and bear fruit in autumn. This is the wealth gained by virtue;
the second kind is like flowers and plants in pots, which can only blossom and bear fruit through human cultivation. The wealth gained by fame;
the third is wealth gained by power, like picking up flowers from the ground and putting them in a vase. It looks very beautiful today, but withered away in two or three days.
If you want your wealth to last, you need to be virtuous and let it bloom naturally in spring like the flowers and plants in the mountains. We must make great aspirations and dedicate our own strength to this world; your strength may be small, as long as you work hard and persist, a single spark can start a prairie fire. This is the “reproduction of love”.
As long as you spread love, one person can spread it to ten people, and those ten people can spread it to a hundred people. In this way, the power will be infinite.
Generally speaking, a person is evaluated only by his wealth, reputation and title. Some people have so many titles, one business card can’t be printed twice, and they have to be folded. With so many titles, there are only one or two of them.
Chan talks about subtraction. Constantly decreasing to nothing, decreasing to emptiness. When your inner pursuit of fame, fame and good fortune is zero, the energy produced by you will increase exponentially. Isn’t it stupid to show off to others as a chairman in the kindergarten when you go to a parent-teacher conference? On that occasion, you, like the workers and farmers, were your child’s father.
All the burdens must be removed, so that you can be at ease and humble when you are empty, so that you can really learn. Why does a person learn knowledge the fastest when he is young, and his learning efficiency becomes lower and lower as he grows older? To a large extent it is because when you were young you had a humble heart and kept yourself low; and humility is the greatest nobility, which allows you to learn the most things.
Before the Buddha had enlightened, he had studied with various people, many of whom were his teachers. Only a mentor can enable you to continuously learn new knowledge and think about deeper problems. In fact, the happiest thing is to be a student, put down your identity and shelf, and always be a humble student, so that you can grow. Without a heart to be a student, your energy is blocked.
Meditation is to zero oneself. We have troubles and obstacles every day, because you see yourself as a real solid body. When one solid body meets another solid body, contradictions arise from this. Emptiness is to make yourself look like nothingness. It doesn’t matter if anything comes over, so do you still have troubles? Do you still care? Am I slow? Am I clingy?
When there are none of these things, no one can hurt you. Empty is the highest state of life, and empty is the most ultimate wisdom. When you are empty, infinite wisdom can arise in your heart. Our earth is floating in the air, and our karma, an innate desire, binds our hearts to this earth, and we can’t get rid of it.
Therefore, we have to practice and get rid of all the things that bother us in this world. Once you have a trace of greed, attachment, and can’t let go, your heart will not be free; if you can’t return to zero or empty, it’s so hard to be fully happy.
Return to zero, return to emptiness, is our daily practice method of meditation and self-contemplation.