Friday, August 22, 2014

Lotuschef in Chat – True/False 是/非

Terjemahan Indonesia:
Lotuschef Bercakap-cakap – Benar/Salah

In Seattle

[--- AA: Fashi, XX said that must stay away from Lotuschef, because she is talking bad about GM.
I asked him whether he has truly read your blog or not. ---]

Now read these:
The Four Foundations of Tibetan Tantra
How to Develop the Bodhi-Citta

The above were discussed during Medan's Tea Party. :)

Like most translated works of Teachings in Chinese, the words somehow became that of the Translator! :)

I recalled a text book from Pre-university, entitled "Reading & Reasoning".

From link 1 above:

I. Taking Refuge

In the whole system of Buddhist meditation, to take refuge stands at the beginning of practice although following after are two kinds of knowledge, or the wisdoms of hearing (and reading) and thinking.

Now the fault of most Buddhists in the East is that they take the Refuges first, that is, before developing these two wisdoms.

The Buddha did not receive a disciple unless that disciple first knew something of His Teachings.

In fact, He instructed personally those who came to Him before admitting them as His disciples and always asked them to study and thoroughly understand what he thought.

He did not favor blind faith and in the Dharmapada we find many instructions concerning this.

The Buddha mentioned two sorts of Dharma-instruments: 

Those who were inspired by the Exalted One and immediately believed in Him (araddhaviharin); and the others who did not take the Refuges at first but rather gained knowledge of the Teachings (Dharmaviharin), (as many Westerners do, added our Yogi).

The Enlightened One declared that He preferred the latter type.

This is one extremely important characteristic of the Buddhist religion in which it differs from other systems. 

In Buddhism, one is encouraged to question, to gain knowledge and to develop intelligence, a striking contrast with outsiders' religions where one is first asked to believe in and to unreservedly accept certain dogmas.

Westerners learn many Buddhist teachings from reading translations of the sacred texts (Tripitaka). 

"This is good," commented Mr. Chen. 
Once I was very much ashamed to hear Mme. Alexander David-Neel who preached at the Sutren Buddhist Association. 
On the surface, she praised the Chinese, but I think that really her talk contained the sharpest criticism.
She said that it is very fortunate that all Chinese believe Buddhism.
Even all the little children and the village women who know nothing they all praise the Buddha.
In the West it is different.
There, few people are Buddhists but many of them are scholars and philosophers who have studied His Teachings.

After giving from memory the substance of the great French Buddhist scholar's words, Mr. Chen went on: The only faith that most Chinese have in the Buddha is to regard Him as some spirit or God.
They worship the Buddha just as they worship Kuan Kun or any other Devata.
Most of them have no idea of the difference between respecting a god and taking the Refuge of Buddha. In the West it is very good that before becoming Buddhist people acquire knowledge.

Among the three kinds of wisdom, taking Refuge belongs to the practicing wisdom (bhavanamaya prajna) and this comes after the hearing and thinking wisdoms.

But in the East, sad to say, people have a common faith in Buddhism.

In this respect, the Western Buddhists are good.

From link 2 above:

The Four Foundations of Tibetan Tantra
Appendix II of Buddhist Meditation: Systematic and Practical
By C. M. Chen as written down by Rev. Kantipalo

Chapter I: What Does Bodhi-Citta Mean?

[a] Bodhi-citta is a Sanskrit term which is borrowed from the one in the consequence position to be used as the one in the causal position (ed. note: a complete explanation of the positions of cause and consequence may be found in C. M. Chen's book Buddhist Meditation: Systematic and Practical.) Bodhi-citta, means "an enlightened mind" or "heart" or "the final awareness wisdom of a Buddha who is in the consequence position"; yet it can be borrowed by a Bodhisattva in all stages of his development in order to imitate and practice it in the causal position. Hence, it is a most important term; every practice of Buddhism starts with it and aims at it.

[b] A Chinese essay titled "Discriminations between Goodness, Love, Great Compassion and Bodhi-citta" was written by me many years ago, published in Hong Kong and was presented freely to various famous libraries of the world. I hope someone will translate this essay of mine into English someday. Here I can just translate a few points from that essay:

1. Bodhi-citta is not only goodness; the Bodhi-citta of Conduct surely connects with goodness, but the latter can not be called Bodhi-citta because the motive and the consequence of the former is aimed at full-enlightenment, and the latter at heaven only.

**Comments: The above [a] & [b] seem to be conflicting or unclear. Figure it out. :)


Most students of TBS and other sectors of Buddhism, fall under the category of Take Refuge First without understanding of what they are actually doing!

One example is XX, who pronounced that Lotuschef talks bad about GM Lu!

For XX, and others of like mindsets, it is obvious that he didn't read any of Lotuschef's articles, concur?

Well, he is just another who has like sentiments with those in TBS' admin only.

The Doctrine of admin seems to be to dictate and all must comply!


Buddhism is not like this!

GM has stressed again in most recent speeches: Cultivation Depends Solely on Self!

If you don't practise & develop your own mind to reveal your very own Buddha nature, then NO ONE, can do so for you!

GM also said in recent speech that students started to dictate to or control him!

One does not dictate to a Buddha or even attempt to control a Buddha!

If you are controlled by anyone and do not have a Mind of Your Very Own, sorry to burst your euphoric bubble, You will never be able to leave the Samsaric cycle at all!

For those who attempted to and are still attempting to Control a Buddha and other people, YOU too will not be able to break free from Samsaric cycle!

My humble suggestion: Best go "patch up" what you lack immediately!

O! If you have taken refuge with GM Lu, a Living Buddha, don't waste this supreme opportunity to learn and break free from Samsaric Cycle!

Lying or spreading falsehood about anyone is not what a Buddha's disciple should do.

It is breaching a major precept, which is Lying!

You should realise that Precepts or Disciplines are guides to Help You to cultivate well too!

They are not for anyone to use to penalise others!

Listen carefully to GM Lu, and don't go astray!

Cheers all.

Om Guru Lian Sheng Siddhi Hom
Lama Lotuschef

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