十、 佛陀遇見「毒蛇」的故事： 農夫敵不過誘惑之魔的下場。
玳瑚師父解讀活動： 出席者們爲何要學佛 ~
玳瑚師父解讀活動： 出席者們的字跡分析 ~
On 17th March 2016, Master Dai Hu specially took time out from his schedule, to hold the 10th Tea Session with the theme, “How To Stay On The Right Path of Spiritual Cultivation?”.
The session swung into action with these first words from Master Dai Hu, “If you are that calculative, why don’t you start counting, from the day you were born in this lifetime, how much negative karma you have accumulated? Only when you have cleared these karmic debts, will you have a blissful life.”
Master Dai Hu quoted from the Sutra of the Great Vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, “All sentient beings in the Daksina-jambudvīpa create karma and offenses endlessly with their every thought and action.”
A person does not encounter the Mara for no good reason. There lies an affinity, often self-inflicted, within. Many a time, he or she brought it upon himself/herself with his/her faithlessness towards the teachings of a virtuous master.
Many people learn the Dharma without the correct intention, and subsequently, had to face many obstacles and impediments from the Mara. Thus, in the middle of the tea session, Master Dai Hu requested for the participants to write down, in Mandarin, their reasons for learning the Dharma.
While everybody was diligent in writing their piece, one female participant only penned four characters. Prior to the exercise, she had came late for the Tea Session and Master Dai Hu could see her lack of sincerity in learning. Being a learned cultivator of the Dharma, and to show fairness to the lady, Master Dai Hu showed everyone the written note and asked if they thought if the female participant was sincere in learning. All the fellow participants shook their heads.
There is no fee charged for attending Master Dai Hu’s Tea Sessions, as this is one way which Master Dai Hu gives back to the society. However, this does not imply that his time is worthless. Using this as an example, we do hope future participants come for the session with an attitude of sincerity and thought maturity, as well as respect for everybody’s and Master Dai Hu’s time.
Subsequently, Master Dai Hu went through each and every answer from the participants, and advised them individually how their mindsets can be improved. It was a beneficial experience for everyone, as the participants gained a more thorough understanding of themselves. Some of the participants even rewrote their piece after listening to the advice from Master Dai Hu, and consulted him again. Such spirit of willingness to learn is commendable indeed!
Highlights of the Tea Session:
1. What are the Eight Sufferings in the human realm?
2. Why do we experience vexation?
3. What are the three kinds of Mara disturbances?
4. If you have no control over your six spirits that rule your vital organs, another spirit shall intrude to take possession.
5. What are the six spirits?
6. What kind of daily habits will make you unknowingly susceptible to the influence of the Mara?
7. If one is addicted to desires in this lifetime, which of the six realms of existence is he likely to end up in his next life?
8. The aura of negative energy on a Dharma sister is caused by the Feng Shui of her residence!
9. There are some things that cannot be achieved by merely wishing for them. You have to use your wisdom and acumen to observe and learn.
10. The Buddha’s encounter with the “poisonous serpent”: Downfall of a farmer who could not resist Mara’s temptation.
11. An obsession in liking something is a form of Mara disturbance.
12. Do not say “This is none of my business.” as you will appear to be lacking in compassion.
13. The proper sequence must be observed in spiritual cultivation!
14. A disruptive flow of energies in your body can also result in disturbance from the Mara!
15. If the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas had craved for anonymity and stayed in recluse, no one would come forward to propagate the Dharma and we would be deprived of The Way out of Samsara.
Master Dai Hu’s Group Activity – Why Do You Wish To Learn the Dharma?
16. To learn the Dharma well, one must possess great Bodhicitta. Without it, you will never attain Buddhahood!
17. Why is it so critical to take refuge in an accomplished Master?
18. What are the consequences of stealing the Dharma off the Internet?
19. One must have a mature mentality and not a doubtful nature, when learning the Dharma. We must be mindful of every thought and intention that arises within.
20. There is a necessity for the physical body and the soul to align and work in harmony.
21. Do not attempt to lie in front of Master Dai Hu, for he can look deep inside your heart and read you like a book.
22. We are all sick patients with disabilities in our souls. That is precisely why we need the Buddhadharma.
23. Master Dai Hu explained the correct intention one should have in learning the Buddha’s teachings
Master Dai Hu Group Activity – Handwriting analysis of the participants
24. How do you tell that this person is one who starts strongly but often cannot last the entire race?
25. What kind of person tends to write his/her words at the corner of the writing space?
26. Such a person is definitely very devoted in his relationships.
27. How can Master Dai Hu tell that this man was a monk in his previous life?
28. A person can cultivate his/her body and spirit through handwriting practice, and achieve career success. Please read the article “In Between The Lines” by Master Dai Hu.
Live Q & A session with Master Dai Hu –
29. The Diamond Sutra expounds on the formless and the detachment from forms. Why does Master Dai Hu say that there must be a proper sequence in our spiritual cultivation? Isn’t that a form?
30. How do you take refuge in the Triple Jewels?
31. Is it true that Buddhahood can be attained by reciting only the Buddha’s Name?
32. Before taking refuge, am I not supposed to recite any mantra or sutra?
33. A client sought Master Dai Hu for his advice, after many difficult and futile attempts in their search for a particular Buddha statue.
34. A client’s young daughter has not been eating and sleeping well, resulting in her being underweight. Master Dai Hu showed compassion by pinpointing the correct sleeping position for the toddler.