24th Learning Session Recap - Bring On The Prosperity This Qing Ming!第24場回顧 – 清明時節也當旺
Master Dai Hu held his 24th Learning Session on 24 March 2017 with the theme: Bring On the Prosperity This Qing Ming! The session showed the participants how to benefit both their ancestors and themselves, the descendants, during the Tomb Sweeping Festival, making it an auspicious occasion.
Master Dai Hu reminded everyone that there should be mutual respect between people.
In its very beginning, the world is free of worries. It is because humans start having too many misgivings and attachments, causing their bodies to be afflicted with diseases like heart attack, stroke and many others.
Does The Sun only shine for you? No. The Sun does not discriminate and will shine for you, regardless of your skin color or social status.
The reason we are here on Earth is to cultivate spiritually to return to our origins. So that we would not have to rely on our descendants to cultivate merits for us in the future.
Master Dai Hu asked everyone for their nationality. And then his question, “What have you done for your country?”
No one present could offer any answer.
Master continued saying that everyone must contribute to the country as a mean of repaying her kindness.
What is real contribution?
It is to be able to give without fussing over the returns, or the physical effort required, and to uphold the laws. Even though these sessions of Master Dai Hu are free, he only admits people who have contributed to people around them and the nation.
Highlights from the session:
1. Does everyone know Albert Einstein and what his most famous discovery is?
2. Despite his stellar achievements, why did Albert Einstein gave up his scientific pursuits and chose to study Buddhism in the end?
3. In the human realm, Man is of the Yang energy element. There may be no differentiation in Yin and Yang beyond the universe, but in this human realm, we definitely should not neglect the presence of Yin energy.
4. A person has 3 spiritual souls and 7 physical souls. For the 3 spiritual souls of our ancestors, one resides at the ancestral tablet, one suffers in the netherworld/hell and the last one stays with his descendants.
5. Regardless of our faith or religion, we cannot refuse to pay respect to our ancestors.
6. One participant asked: Our ancestors had been dead for so many years, shouldn’t they be reincarnated already?
Master Dai Hu replied: Do you think it is so easy to get a rebirth?
7. Our ancestors have never left us. The deeds they have done when they were alive will have a karmic effect on their descendants.
8. Delivering and making offerings to our ancestors encompasses the principles of the Six Paramitas. How is that so?
9. Please do not criticise the Sages like Confucius and Lao Tzu, etc.
10. Every one of us has parents. People often forget this fact and misjudgment arises.
11. The Tomb Sweeping Day occurs in Spring, why do we need to sweep the graves of our ancestors?
All participants thought it is an act of filial piety, but was awe struck by the answer from Master Dai Hu!
12. The grave is the home for the dead.
13. One participant asked, “Why don’t we sweep the graves of our ancestors everyday?”
Master Dai Hu replied, “Are you able to do that everyday? Be realistic and quit your dream talking!”
14. There exists a boundary between the living and the dead. There are different realms for the humans and the spirits. As long as we don’t cross this boundary, we will be fine.
15. If the grave of our ancestors is overgrown with weeds, what drastic effect will it have on the descendants?
16. Feng Shui is a body of knowledge on our living environment, as well as directional placement.
17. What would happen to our ancestors when we flout the precepts?
18. Is it beneficial to us if our ancestors are very close to us?
Do not think that it is sufficient to pay the monks from the temples to do repentance for your ancestors.
As their children, we are connected to our ancestors genetically. We are the ones who can, and they hope for to, bring joy to them directly. Therefore, we would please them most when we contribute to their well being.
Also, we ought to recite the mantras, sutras and Buddha’s holy name more often, to dedicate the merits to our ancestors.
Our ancestors will be most overjoyed when they see us contributing both money and bodily effort. If our ancestors are displeased, being unable to manifest themselves to you, they will take to causing little mishaps in your life, to alert you.
Let us all not forget this: Only when the ancestors are well, will the descendants thrive.
Towards the end of the session, a participant also sought the autograph of Master Dai Hu for her purchase of his book Towards Kindness, Towards Betterment.