Date: Sunday, Novemeber 25, 2018
Album: Sunday Dharma Talk
Title: The Great Compassion Repentance + Thanksgiving
Good morning everyone. Thank you all for coming to our month-end Great Compassion Repentance. Today is Thanksgiving Day so we are very, very glad you can make it here. We have a huge feast for you. People have been cooking since yesterday afternoon. It is amazing what kind of Dharma assembly we have. We have all kinds of people, of different nationalities and of different age groups.
The Koreans are coming and they are making Kimchi. I hope it is ready. I do not know about you, but I am crazy about Kimchi. I feel Kimchi is the best Korean export.
I am also glad that Master XJ's parents are here as well. Happy Thanksgiving! Glad to have you. You know, you travel a lot and it is nice to have you here.
It is Thanksgiving, so I would like to use this opportunity to express my thanks. This is a great tradition this country has.
As far as Buddhism is concerned, the gratitude is those that are grateful have tremendous blessings. Did you know that? That is what I noticed in the past 14 years of teaching. The people who truly, truly have blessings are naturally grateful for the kindness and the goodness they received from others.
So this country, here, has this thing called Thanksgiving and it is very special; it came from sincerity. When the settlers came to this country, they did not know how to cultivate the crops. They failed and so the crops failed. The Indians came and gave them food to pass the winter and that is how they started this tradition of expressing thanks to their local, the natives. It is a beautiful tradition. I admire the spirit of this country. The people of this country are, regardless of political persuasion, very blessed, very good people. They are practicing gratitude and that is wonderful.
As an immigrant, I am grateful for what this country gave me. I am very grateful for the generosity they extended to me and to my family. In particular, I am very grateful for my teacher, Master Hsuan Hua, for transforming me, for teaching me about cultivation. I am also grateful to my Vietnamese Master for allowing me to become fully ordained when I was looking for a home.
Also, it's very important for me. I am always grateful of this. Every day, I am grateful for the support that we received from all of you. We got where we are today because we went through many challenges. I am sure that H.M. and R.M. went through the tumultuous time we had. The old-timers left and what we have today is, basically, newcomers.
It is amazing how, how multicultural we are and many of you, most of you are young people.
What is impressive about all of you, whether old or young is that you like to cultivate and that is what I appreciate. That is what I do. I train people to cultivate. That is the only thing that really interests me.
Even like today, the Great Compassion Repentance is a form of cultivation as well, a form of practice as well.
I have yet next year, to teach you how to bow properly.
We have some Koreans who are coming to our temple; a lot of them are coming to our temple. They have this practice of bowing 3000 times a day; that is crazy! I think they start from 9:00 at night and they bow until 6:00 in the morning. Something like that. It is pretty intensive. It is impressive. Actually, the whole country does that and the way they do it is pretty much Hinayana. In Mahayana, we have a much better way to do it, without having to do 3000 bows. You bow 3000 bows like that, for you Koreans, you're going to have knee problems when you get older. It is a lot of wear and tear on your knees. It is not advisable. In Mahayana, we bow a lot less. One bow of ours is worth about 30,000 bows of the Hinayana. That is the difference in the Dharma. Just one bow and that is all you need.
PLANTING MAHAYANA SEEDS INTO YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS
By the way, Master XJ, you did a good job today except you took too long. Typically, it should be done by 9:40 am | 9:45 am at the latest. Uh, meaning that you're too slow in your, in your recitation. Meaning, we do not have a lot of time left for the Dharma talk. Part of our practice is very important, is to speak Dharma. That is very, very important. We need to help plant Mahayana seeds into your consciousness. So, that you will become Enlightened. That is why we do this.
This morning around 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning, one of my disciples texted me. They do not seem to observe hours at all, my disciples. She said something very interesting. She says, "I don’t know what you did, but things are happening well for me."
A couple of weeks ago, we went up north. My disciple bought a new townhouse, a bank repo townhouse and she said she had all kinds of problems. You know, that is why I try to tell you do not buy bank repo or from bankrupt owners, because you will pay for it. She had all kinds of problems. Master XR, or mistress XR, the one who is walking by right now, the Vietnamese woman right there, she was up there so I asked her to spread Master XC’s spiritual sand.
This is Master XC. You may want to talk to him after this. He practices the secret Dharma from the Vietnamese, secret school. They practice this spiritual sand and you can use to chase away the bad spirits from the property. We recommend you to do that once a year.
Because you bring them in. You, yourself bring them into your residence.
THE GREAT COMPASSION REPENTANCE
The other way is what we did today. You do the Repentance and they can leave on their own accord. You do it every day and they will leave as well. It really, really works. It is amazing how, how these things function.
All right, that is all I have for you today.