In this lecture, our Teacher Susan Duan, continued to teach the “Chapter 11: The Dharma Protection of the Earth Spirit” and the “Chapter 12: The Benefits from Seeing and Hearing”. Because what the two chapters illustrated the Dharma more by things, the Teacher elaborated on the rationale behind the things so that we could understand the Dharma rationally and apply it to the ever-changing things in life. For example, the so-called Guardians of the Buddhist Dharma seem to guard us; in fact, what they guard is the "Dharma", if we practice and live with the Dharma taught by the Buddha, the Guardian of the Dharma will naturally guard us to come across many good conditions in the path of life, learning the Dharma, and cultivating the minds.
The scripture the Teacher taught in this lecture specifically mentioned that the Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and the Guanyin Bodhisattva have great cause and condition with us the Saha universe beings. This also means that on the path of learning the Dharma, as long as we often recite the holy names and make obeisance to these two great Bodhisattvas, we must be blessed and benefited. After all, “without a teacher, even the wise cannot understand the Dharma”, because we sentient beings have too many unknowns, we need the virtuous teachers to guide and teach us in every perspective. The Teacher therefore encouraged us to cultivate regularly daily recitations of wholeheartedly reciting the holy names of these two great Bodhisattvas stably in a long term of years in order to get the guidance.
As long as we see and hear the great Bodhisattvas’ image and names, we will get benefits, it is the great Bodhisattvas’ compassionate willingness, convenience and skillfulness, and it is even more our precious blessing in this lifetime (for instance, the Chapter 12 of the 《Sutra of the Original Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva》said, The Buddha told the Guanyin Bodhisattva,...any wrongdoing suffering beings in the six realms hear your name, see your image,…these beings definitely will not fall back or turn away from the Unsurpassed Way. They will ever be reborn as humans or devas and experience excellent, wonderful happiness. When the effects of their causes come to maturity, they will meet Buddhas and be given prediction) Therefore, we should really cherish the blessing and do what the Bodhisattvas taught us honestly.
After the lecture, an attendant immediately sent her sharing via message:
Thank the Teacher very much for teaching us the Dharma and correcting our views through things and rationale in the lecture. The Teacher taught us that "Cherish every time we make a vow because every idea generated in our minds truly exists in the universe. Don't be afraid to make vows, even if we cannot achieve it in this life, we can still continue to make efforts in next life…." "Every step we take in the path of the study of life or the minds cultivating will definitely become the base for our further steps". What the Teacher taught made me really touched, and I suddenly felt that my heart was illuminated by the light. I hope that I can walk on the path of cultivating the minds purely and honestly and enjoy learning, as the Teacher taught us: "Practice oneself and contribute ability happily."
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