Energy Bagua: The Pathway to Healthy Body and Mind
“In October 2013, Grandmaster JinBodhi gave an in-depth explanation on how to practice Energy Bagua at the Vancouver Bodhi Meditation Center, Canada. Grandmaster JinBodhi elaborated on the health benefits from practicing Energy Bagua, its correct method, mindsets, do’s and don’t’. Grandmaster JinBodhi provided Energy Bagua practitioners with clear guidance. May all benefit from Energy Bagua and receive auspicious energy, health and happiness.”
Hello, everyone! (Hello, Master!) I’m very glad to be with you today. This morning I joined Energy Bagua, the walking meditation, and saw many people come to practice. Energy Bagua is a very unique practice method. It mostly benefits our health. Anybody here who has never practiced Energy Bagua? Please raise your hand. Only a couple of you, that’s OK. Do it when you feel necessary. Those who are not healthy can come and practice it. Energy Bagua is particularly effective for the recovery of illness.
There are many ways to exercise in the world. Most of them are sporty, such as running, playing balls, and kung fu. They are strenuous. The mild ones may not be that effective. Of course, Tai-Chi is very beneficial to health, but somehow I missed the opportunity to learn Tai-Chi during childhood. I didn’t meet a good master, and the good masters didn’t meet me either. But fortunately, I met the master of Energy Bagua.
Actually, my Energy Bagua Master’s master didn’t practice Energy Bagua. He studied a kind of hard kung fu in ShaoLin. During the last few years of Qing Dynasty, i.e. around 150 years ago, most of the areas in China were poor.
I don’t know why. I guess it’s because of the frequent wars. For one thing, many in the labor force became soldiers and lost their lives in the wars. Second, the military force has the most power during war time because they have guns. They take away wealth and food from people to support the army.
So people who understand military say having a war is burning money, in addition to killing. First war kills our kin, not the enemies, because the labor men have gone to fight and die in war, then lost the wealth in war as well, so China was poor back then.
Besides being a bodyguard, the first master of my master also taught students. My master’s master first practiced ShaoLin Kung fu. Martial arts performance was a necessary part, like hard qi gong: One can break a stone with bare hand or hit a stone tablet with head.
We have seen many kinds of American magic shows, such as pulling a truck. Many of these are magic to trick the eyes, which is different from kung fu. Magic performance is not real, like conjuring a snake or a coin from a matchbox. It is gimmick. But martial art performing is different. In order to achieve the performing effect, the energy must reach certain level.
For example, the hard bricks and stones are not breakable by our bare hands, but by the performer’s. That is real. In hard qi gong, one can break a big stone with his head. In the movies, we’ve seen people commit suicide by hitting stones or walls. They die when their head is cracked open, so one can die if the performance fails. It is kung fu if one can break the stone with head.
Martial arts are intended to be used in wars. But it is finally used to perform in order to make a living, which may be its saddest application. My Master’s Master was well versed in kung fu. But at performances, the audience sometimes wants to see things well beyond human power.
For example, after he broke a two inch stone slab with his head, people may ask: “Can you add another?” So he had to consume extreme energy and hurt himself. He died at age 36 because of such explosion of energy. Later on, I thought about Bruce Lee, the most famous Chinese actor who also died in his 30s from no obvious reason. I think it is also related to the energy explosion.
My Master had followed his master’s master to learn those, but ran away later. My master was a wise man. He thought the method was incorrect since his master died at such an early age. Of course it was proven later that such performance is harmful to the body. For example if I push my palm, it can be as powerful as100kg.
But for performance purpose, one may have to push 400kgs. All the energies are consumed. It may even burst the liver or the brain blood vessels. Later, my master thought: “I must find another good teacher. I will not continue with this kind of hard kung fu. The purpose is to kill and it is harmful to human body. I may lose my life in the end.” So he longed to find another good teacher.
Perhaps fate brought him to a Taoist. He learned the Energy Bagua internal martial arts from him. My master was really good at it. He’d practiced it for decades. He was in his 70’s when he taught me. I don’t know how many other disciples he had before me. I was the only one to the best of my knowledge.
This method is very good for health. Unlike action-oriented kung fu or exercises that make you perspire quickly, this one allows you to perspire slowly. Sometimes, you won’t even sweat. Under cold weather like this, it would take a lot of practice for one to sweat.
When I was in the Tibetan Plateau, I practiced Energy Bagua in winter when the temperature was -15 degrees Celsius. I was in my teens and only wearing a singlet in such cold weather to practice. It was too hot for me to wear a cotton-padded jacket. This is the manifestation of energy. At first I felt cold but after I practiced for a while, the body was hot.
Not only hot, I even used spring water to wash my hands. Of course, the spring water wasn’t cold. It came from underground and was warm. I remember clearly that the water was so smooth. Well, my first Energy Bagua student was a stomach cancer patient who had his tumor removed. His son knew me but we were not very familiar with each other. We only met a few times. So this must be fate.
After his surgery, the doctor told the son that his father’s condition was bad, and may die soon. The doctor also reminded the son not to make his dad angry and to offer nutritious food for him. The son was the only son in the family and he was scared.
With no alternatives, the son introduced his dad to me. The father didn’t do any sports in the past, so it was difficult for him to learn the method. Even just the dragon palm posture, I had to teach him for many days. His body was slanted and the posture wasn’t exactly right. So I thought that might not be effective for him.
At that time, I was young and just taught him that way. About ten years later, I couldn’t even recognize him when we met again. Back then, after his surgery, he was so weak, his body was out of shape and swollen. His eyes were dull and the face color was like a yellow piece of paper. He was smelly, frail and could barely walk. Just imagine: How could I help him?
After 10 years, when I met him on the road, I couldn’t recognize him. He became a very healthy senior. He grew a beard and was riding on a bicycle. It was a dramatic encounter.
When I came back to this city, I heard someone calling: “Master!” Back then, I was young and nobody called me Master. Yet, because of my cultivation, I was quite spiritual and sensitive, so I knew this voice was calling me. I looked for the source and saw a man riding on a bicycle rushing towards me. He jumped off the bicycle in front of me and called: “Master!” He could recognize me from afar but I couldn’t recognize him.
“You don’t recognize me?” He went on to talk about his medical condition 10 years ago. “You looked like a completely different person now. What a healthy and strong senior you are!” His face was glowing and there were sparkles in his eyes. The thing that made him happiest was that he had a group of students who were previously diagnosed with serious diseases.
The day we met was a Sunday, and many of them were joining his class. He pointed me to a group of people in the park and said, “Master, I’d like to ask you a favor. You look so young, and they won’t believe in you. So please don’t tell them you are my Master. Is that Ok?”
“Ok. Deal, as long as you treat me noodles later.” When we joined the group, they thought I wanted to learn from him too. They gave me introductions. Fearing that I wouldn’t believe them, they talked about their illnesses and the recoveries from practicing it. My student helped many people, and they were thankful to him.
In terms of illness prevention and health recovery, Energy Bagua is effective in dealing with many intractable illnesses. My Master once told me that Energy Bagua could be very important for cancer prevention and recovery. So you are all lucky to learn Energy Bagua, the walking meditation.
When you see a group of people walk around a tree, they are probably martial art practitioners. Such good self-cultivation method comes from Chinese Taoism. It was designed specifically for the Taoists to practice. When it is converted into a kung fu method, it can become very powerful.
You can look up online, that when the master of bagua palm was combating with other martial artists in, he would always be the top in China. The energy it generates is unbelievable, and cannot be reached by regular martial arts. There were many stories surround kung fu competition passed down from the mid-to-late Qing Dynasty. Some of them were adopted into movies.
Recently there is a movie called “The Grand Master” with bagua palm in it. The actors didn’t actually know the bagua kung fu well. I searched online and found most of the masters in the videos were mediocre. Maybe the real top masters don’t want to show off on Internet.
However, there was one old master whose last name was Tie. He just swayed his arms slightly and his opponent was thrown far away. Although it looked like magic, his kung fu was real. Many people who practice bagua palm are only at the very elementary level. Many kung fu practitioners asked my master when they saw him walking around the tree. They had no idea what it is. They asked； “Are you practicing kung fu?”
“I’m not sure.”
“Want a contest?”
He accepted every challenger’s request, but he didn’t actually beat them. I’ve seen people who fought with him. They were full of confidence before the fight. But once they touched his hand, they lost their mind. They didn’t fly away, or fall. But every single one who has got in touch with him said: “This old guy is weird, like a monster.”
“I lost all my strengths.”
His mind has been controlled by my master, so where could the power come from? Sounds unbelievable, right? I was curious too. So I touched his hands while he was asleep.
As soon as I touched them, I felt at least 150 volt electricity current and my body was numbed. I thought: Is that because I feel guilty? I tried again a couple of days later. And again, I was shocked by electric currents. This old man is capable of generating electricity?
This is really weird. We rarely meet such people. You probably think how come I can have all the miracle encounters, and you don’t meet any? So are mortals.
Energy Bagua is truly beneficial to health. I am the first beneficiary. I think it’s so good that I pass it on to you guys. I saw that many illnesses couldn’t be cured by the methods that calm and purify. To speed up the recovery, I started to teach this method. It’s not like taking flu medicine. You take for seven days, the flu is gone, and you stop using the medicine. For true recovery of the body, we will need at least 108 hours, with 1 to 2 hours maximum practice per day. It takes 108 days. It is best if the practice is at the same time every day.
For example, you can practice at five, six, seven, eight, nine or ten o’clock in the morning. It’s better to practice in the morning. According to the theories of Universal energy, the energy is in rise when the sun rises up, and thus helpful to our health. Practicing in the afternoon is not as good as in the morning. That’s the difference.
The Buddhism sutras and some of the masters say: Many senior citizens who practice for going to the Western Pure land is practicing for next life. Those who practice for the Eastern Pure Land of Lapis Lazuli are to achieve wisdom and liberation in this lifetime.
We are practicing to get wisdom and a good life. We will be able to face the afflictions and pains in life. We will be stronger, wiser and be more at ease. So practicing for the Eastern Pure Land of Lapis Lazuli doesn’t mean we go there right now. After we have merits and wisdom, we will go to where we belong to. Thus, it’s better to practice in the morning.
I will repeat the key points of what I have talked about this morning. Lower abdomen is the round area below the navel. According to the Taoism practice, this area is the storage of energy in the human body. When we practice, the energy is mainly stored here. So when we start our practice, we face towards the sun and welcome the rising rays. Hands stretch far out into the Universe. Visualize gathering the energy between Heaven and Earth and press it into the abdomen. Make sure you are not thinking about the process of how the energy enters your body, like from the nostrils, or the crown of the head? Don’t worry about it. Just visualize the energy entered your lower abdomen and stored there.
The yin-yang fish pattern is actually a symbol of the energy storage in the abdomen. Also, “qi flows to four tips.” The concept of energy is not easy to convey, so it is called “qi”. The “four tips” are from four limbs to nails. The energy flows from arms to hands, to fingers, to finger nails and to the tip of the finger nails.
The energy also flows down to the feet and to the toe nails. It also flows to the tips of the hair (It doesn’t matter if you have long hair. Just visualize the energy flows to the tip of the hair.) Also the energy flows to the teeth. So the teeth are gently clenched. If the teeth cannot be closed due to their length, it’s ok. It’s difficult for an elephant to bite its teeth.
Our facial expression should be calm and at ease with mouth closed. Many kung fu practitioners want to scare people away by momentum, with the look of beasts. We practice for health with a gentle and peaceful gaze. This is a mental pithy formula to remember. Also, “do not straighten the limbs”, this is my saying, the four limbs are gently bent symbolizing the completeness of Heaven and Earth.
Look, we walk in a circle. This basic technique sounds totally unimportant. Yet, when we are walking in a circle, our arms are stretching out like drawing a circle. When I move my arm up, it’s like drawing a circle. My arm and shoulder are here, look, I just draw an arc like this. When I move my hand out, it still forms an arc. When I turn, my arm is still moving in an arc shape, with my body as a center.
I am like a small Universe, a small space, and a small Earth. The small Earth or Universe connects with the big Universe. In this manner, we can better connect with and return to Heaven and Earth. The Universe is me, which is the thought of being one with the Universe when we practice.
Whether we have reached such state, it is shown in the result and it should be accomplishable. If we see good result that means such state has been reached. So what is the best state? Like I said just now, my master should have attained a very high level of Energy Bagua status.
From the practical point of view, it is beneficial to our health. When you wake up in the morning, don’t go to the bathroom yet unless you really need to. Practice first, and then go to the bathroom. There is the philosophy for it. It helps us to better store the energy. Storing energy is not for the bowel movement. Instead, it is the matter of the sequence of bowel movement. This part is very important.
Usually we turn to the other direction after 8 rounds. This is for balancing the left and right. We can’t say my left arm is very strong, but the right arm is weak. The practice of balancing both the left and right is the basic criteria to stay healthy.
If the energy on one side is too strong while the other side is too weak, it is a sick condition. Besides balancing the left and right, the up and down should be balanced as well. So the energy flows to head, feet and limbs. It is wrong if the energy only flows up or down. And we do not use force no matter how powerful the posture and movement look. When holding your hands, someone can press them down with gentle pressure.
When you’re holding up your arm, persist until you can’t hold up anymore. After walking for a period of time, may be in 1 year or more, gradually you can hold on for a longer time. For me, the longest I can stand like this is for 1.5 hours. We’ve never realized no matter how powerful a kung fu master claims himself to be, how long can he hold in this position? No matter how strong and masculine a person looks like, how long can he hold up his arms? Try it. Not many people can hold them up for 15 minutes.
So those who can hold their arms for an hour can beat people to death with just one move. Such state of the energy can rarely be achieved. It’s not struggling. Instead, it should be very relaxed and I can even sing while practicing. It is like that.
When it is applied to martial art, it can be extremely powerful with the explosive energy. However, when we use it to enhance our well-being, such sense of energy is to remind us that Energy Bagua is very helpful for improving our health.
Next is the position of the feet. When we’re walking, don’t deliberately fix the inner foot pointing straight and the outer foot inward. It is fine as long as we have that fundamental idea in mind. Don’t do it too intentionally. But when we need to turn, both feet should always keep the toes pointing inwards. Why? I don’t know. That’s how my master taught me. It’s good so we can’t change it. If you want to gain the benefits to your body, you must be persistent.
In fact, many talented and smart people could have been successful. For those people who are not successful, half of them is due to laziness. The other half is due to the lack of a good instructor, so they don’t know what to do. Maybe half or 80% of the people are too greedy.. There are many things they want to do in a day, but none is completed. It is the greed that affects the persistence. If one is not determined on doing something, he will not be persistent. And eventually, he will achieve nothing. Even if you have cultivated some achievement today, you will die in the future. Even if you become a billionaire today, you will die in the future.
So how does persistence benefit us? Besides the practicality in everyday life, persistence can bring us mental satisfaction and happiness. It is easier to get sick with nothing to do. Think about it. If those who need to work lose their jobs, would they be happy or sad? If you have a family to feed, you would be sad when losing the job, right? This is painful.
Say you are wealthy and don’t need to work. If you have to stay home for 3 years, would you be miserable? Many people have no idea because they haven’t experienced it. But it is miserable to stay home and not going to work. Please do some research on postpartum depression. According to Chinese traditions, the new mom must stay indoors for one month after birth. Whether she’s at home, hospital or friend’s house, one month indoors is enough to make her depressed. Staying home for 3 years will make people severely depressed.
The brain is damaged and it is a serious illness. So people will actually become ill if they have nothing to do. If one has a job but doesn’t work hard, it is not depression. It is laziness. Therefore, many people don’t have a teacher to guide them what to do. They can’t be successful due to various reasons although they are somewhat talented. A reminder: Be persistent if you want to come to practice.
In Vancouver, the raining season is winter. In Guangzhou, summer has most rains. But here the raining season is winter, weird? After all, it is very different in a foreign country. In Asia, many people’s daily life is full of activities, right? With friends and relatives, you can play mahjong, talking, drinking and having some tea. Here, you don’t have that many relatives or friends. When you look outside through the window, there is neither sunshine nor friends. You do not need 3 years. Half a year or 5 month is enough to turn one into depression.
One time, an elderly lady from Hong Kong asked me: “Master, where do you live?”
“I live in Vancouver.”
“I suffered a lot during my stay in Vancouver. I lived there for 7 years. Every day, I looked outside through the window. Sometimes I see only one person and one dog in a whole day.”
“Why do you have to watch people?”
“It was so boring.”
The TV shows are in English, a language that you don’t understand. The food is western style and that you don’t like. There is nobody for you to watch even if you just want to watch people without talking to. So you are depressed. After all we need a place to study and practice. Just accept the rains. Your worries can’t change the problem of raining, right? There is no rain in our room, right? How hard to come by. Come and practice here. We have different classes. After practicing, you can have some snacks and make some friends. As long as you don’t gamble, everything else is fine. It is happy to meet new friends here and talk with them.
So don’t just stay at home. Don’t be lazy. For your health sake and for a happy life, you should come to practice at a fixed time every day. When I first went to Singapore and Taiwan, I said: “You guys have such serious illnesses and some are with incurable diseases.. Yet you are still so lazy. Some are unable to recover even after the surgery. I told them that they should come sooner to practice. I was really worried for them but they have many excuses, such as no buses or no subway at certain time, and it would be too late when they get here. They found all kinds of excuses.
For many people, they would rather be lazy than be diligent. Sometimes a disaster can be a wakeup call. The great tenacity only comes from the great rises and falls. Once one is settled into peace and wealth, one would become lazy after a while. They have a job, but don’t want to work. They protest for salary increase. How can the boss afford that? All the bosses will end up poor this way. The poor people don’t do their jobs. Instead they strike for more money. So the economy goes downhill when it reaches a point. The businesses can’t afford the salaries, and the workers don’t perform well and become lazy.
In Vancouver, we often see young people who beg with a dog along the roadside. Even if you don’t want to give money to that person, you would be doing so for the sake of the dog. This is a nice trick. People love dogs so they are willing to give money to feed the dog. Dogs don’t take drugs, but the young man will get drugs once he gets money. Laziness leads oneself to downhill. Laziness corrupts every aspect of life and makes a healthy person sick.
That is all about Energy Bagua. You must be persistent, and keep practicing for 108 days. After 108 days, the healthy habit will be cultivated. I will not set any time limit then. You come here if you think it’s good for you. However, for a truly great practitioner, you need 3 years of practice to lay the foundation. My master once said: “After 3 years of practice, you would be good if your pose looks ok to me.” I was unconvinced and said: “This old man always gives me a hard time. I will be a kung fu master in 3 years.” That was my wish. After 30, 40 years on, I finally agreed with my master. If today, anyone wants to be a kung fu master, he is already extraordinary if he can practice it diligently for 3 years.
Does everybody know how to have a heart that is pure? Do you know? Be compassionate. Be kind. This is number one. Secondly, it is to have an understanding of the fundamental rules. What are those? Actually, many people don’t know about them. For example, if you set a fire near a gas station, is this reasonable? (No.) Many kids and those who have not seen a gas station or understand the danger of gas don’t know about this. I’ve seen such people. He lit up a cigarette at the gas station. The gas station worker had to stop him and tell him not to smoke at danger zone. This person really had no idea. If he knew how dangerous it was, he would not dare to smoke because he could burn himself.
So he won’t make mistake after he knows the truth. One can only be in peace when he makes lesser mistakes. For instance, if one has killed people, cursed others, beaten up people or stolen from others, maybe even the police are after him, he would live in fear and panic forever. If you have made many mistakes and people are after you, how can you be in peace? But how can people not make mistakes? Only when one understands the rules then will he be able to avoid making mistakes. Fundamental truths are the natural laws. We must understand them.
Quite a high proportion of women married the handsome man they like. But after the marriage, they fight with the mother-in-law. Sometimes they give the husband a hard time by asking this question: “If your mom and I fell into the water at the same time, which one of us will you save first?” Isn’t this inconsiderate? If the man helped his wife first, he would be considered a non-filial son. If the man helped his mom first, the wife would say the husband didn’t love her.
An understanding and reasonable wife will not give such a hard question to the husband. If the husband asked the same question to the wife: “If both of you fell into the water, can you guess who I will save first?” “Needless to say, save mom first. Without her, you will not be here” The husband would think “My wife is really understanding.” He would love you from his heart. It is impossible to gain love just by one’s appearance.
In order for love to be long lasting you need to understand the truth and not let other people worry for you. This way you will be loved and happy. Usually many people are sad at the outcomes of their life circumstances and ask me: “Master, what should I do?”
I asked: “What happened?”
“I’m divorced.” Sometimes she cried so badly that I had to pretend to be in tears. “Master, please don’t cry. Please give me some advices!”
“Well… it’s no use crying over spilt milk. It already happened. Why did you divorce?”
“It’s his fault. He likes his mother.”
“So why did he marry you if he likes his mother?”
“He gave his mom money without letting me know。”
“Why must he do it secretly?”
“Because I am in charge of all the money, and didn’t allow him to give to his mother.”
I said to myself if his mother didn’t exist, where would he come from? You give money to your mom, and don’t even consider his? Do you think this lady is stupid? (Students: Yes!) So what should you do? Offer to take care of his mom, right? The husband will be deeply moved. He would think that he married a precious lady who is so considerate. A wise person will make other people love her and think she is really nice. So one must understand the truths to put an end to the suffering and avoid making mistakes.
Secondly is to have compassion. The root of compassion is kindness and sympathy. Only a kind person will have long lasting popularity and vitality. Both men and women should have such a loving heart. Then we can be truly happy. When we spread happiness to others we will be happy too. Of course, we shouldn’t be short-sighted. The difference between a real gentleman and a petty person sometimes lies in the length of time. For example, a man offered help today. He expects the return tomorrow, not next year. If no return in 3 months, he will be resentful. This is petty.
Wise men have told us that we shouldn’t expect any return when offering help, so we won’t feel lost, right? Today you helped a rich person, but he didn’t give you any monetary return, you would feel sad. The help is like a common saying in northern China, “Throwing a meat ball to hit the dog. The meatball is lost.” This is small-minded. Don’t expect any return when you help others so you won’t have disappointment. You can continue offering your help. A person who always helps others is happy, and will have many great accomplishments in the future.
A good businessman will leave less profit for himself and will have an expanded business. A good businessman will never do one-off deal or profit from a misfortune. If a businessman increases the price of medicine while many people are ill, he is lack of virtue and not good. If I provide medicine for those in need, even at lower price, to save peoples’ lives, this is a truly virtuous person. This kind of person will be wealthier and happier. This is real success. These are the fundamental truths. It is very beneficial to us if we understand them.
Many business people learned knowledge about business such as sales, international economy, and business management. However, they don’t know what kind of person they should be. All the learnings are for monetary purpose. Such person is small-minded. No matter how much money he made, he does not have the wisdom to make big money. He does not have an internal guidance. When one understands the truths, he would know what he should and shouldn’t do. Only when one follows such rules and criteria and behave accordingly, will he be able to distinguish himself from the rest.
We have not met many great businessmen, but have encountered many small business owners, e.g. restaurant owners. Some restaurants have very limited menu options. But they are still crowded at meal time. People still go there even they know they have to wait in line. Why? They serve quality food at reasonable price. Other restaurants, for example some Chinese restaurants in Korea named “Chinese Cuisine”. I stay away from those because I’m afraid I will be ripped off there. They are very expensive and always cheat people. It is impossible to just order a bowl of noodles because there is minimum charge. I have to spend 50 bucks on a meal that could have been settled for 5 bucks. And the food was neither clean nor tasty. The server was not friendly either. It is really bad.
Many businessmen started at young age, and own big business later. They grow from small business owners to great merchants, and finally have great wealth. That is true wisdom. Wisdom is not smartness. Instead, wisdom lies in compassion, and appears as honesty. That’s how one becomes truly wealthy. Look how simple the rule of business is. So what is your way of doing business? Is it being a businessman must be cheating? There is no point if doing business means stealing. No matter how much money you make, if you have to live a life like a thief, I don’t think you would be at ease.
We will be able to do everything better if we understand the fundamental truth. The youngsters also face socializing problems, such as the relationship with classmates in school, right? (Yes.) You can’t ignore your classmates just because you are studying Buddhism here. Your classmates are human beings, so are you a. Sometimes you think too highly of yourself; some people even think that others are not human beings because they lack self-confident. It is not a good thing to ignore either human beings or ghosts. You will make yourself afflicted. People coming from different backgrounds should all learn about this. Once we understand the truth, our illness will be relieved through Energy Bagua practice.
How many illnesses are caused by over eating? How many illnesses are caused by laziness? How many are caused by greed? And how many are caused by anger with family members? Laziness and greed is enough to make a person sick. So after we understand these, our hearts will start to open up and we will not be too obsessed with the wrongs. We will be healthy and the illnesses will disappear.
The practice of cultivation is a very good source of energy. Practicing Energy Bagua for an hour and chanting for another hour can make a person compassionate and fill with the power of truth. You may even receive spontaneous understanding of these truths and Master’s teachings. This is normal. By knowing one truth, you will know all. You will be truly at ease once you understand the truths. So what is wisdom? Knowing the truths and making fewer mistakes. This is wisdom. A family will be in harmony if there are thoughtful sons or daughters-in-law. The family would not be happy with an inconsiderate daughter-in-law. The husband would be afraid to mention his family members, especially his mom. It is like a ticking time bomb. When the bomb explodes one day, the harmony within the family will be destroyed. So, our sufferings are self-created.
Buddha said one must learn to look within. It means to examine one’s own heart and behavior. Usually a small-minded man will only see others’ faults. The greater the person, the more he examines his own behavior. For example, you came to a new city and didn’t pick on anybody, but you were beaten up by someone without any wrongdoings.
How can we wisely resolve our unhappiness? The Buddha said: “You have beaten this person ten times before. You are lucky to get only once this round.” Now you are at peace with yourself: I had beaten the other person before. I will let it go without taking revenge. Buddhism is peaceful in nature because you can liberate yourself through self-awareness.
In Buddhism, there is a term “self-awareness”. Upon pondering, you realize the truth. Is it the real truth? It doesn’t matter. At least, it is a way of self-liberation. Why are thereso many coincidences in the world? The robber didn’t rob and beat anyone else but you. There are reasons behind it.
Just like you falling in love with someone. You have met so many people, why would love at first sight with this person? This is causality; no matter how long this love can last. For the beatings and sufferings, why now? This is also because of causality. It is only a matter of time.
Maybe you forget about beating the other person at childhood. Now the other person recognized you in your 40, 50s. That is why the other person beat you up. You thought you never beat him before. But he said: “You did beat me when I was 4 and you were 5. Now it’s payback time.”
“Yes, I was 4. But I didn’t hit you that hard.”
“It includes the interest accumulated. You hit me with the fist, and I avenge with a stick.” Fortunately he is not a loan shark. Otherwise your life will be lost.
This is a way of self-liberation. It is very important. For short, it is called self-awakening.
If you have a troubled mind, it is difficult to expect others to solve your problems. You must first resolve the conflict within yourself. One way is to think of it as your own karma. Convince yourself so that you will not take revenge. For example, if you are beaten up by someone, you can consider that perhaps you have previously beaten him up in your past live and therefore what happens now is just karma, a cause and effect relationship.
Alright, once you understand these concepts you are already on your way to better health. I am sure all of you can understand my simple words. Once you understand this you have already gained wisdom and started on your path to enlightenment.