00330 The Big-Boot Method
00330 The Big-Boot Method
No. 00330
Category / Lecture Tours
Event date / 1988.02.14
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Tainan
Language / Chinese
Time (mins) / 1h35m03s
Publication No. / "The Immediate Key of Enlightenment", Chinese version(vol. 6)
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  • Summary

The Buddhist Sutra says that "troubles are Bodhi." How do we turn trouble into Bodhi? Supreme Master Ching Hai points out that we can easily find our Buddha nature with good methods of spiritual practice; there's no need to change anything. We just look for Bodhi and leave trouble behind; of course trouble still exists, but it is no longer our concern. Just like when we are focused on our work, we do not feel hungry. For example, on a road full of thorns and stones, as long as we put on a pair of boots big enough, we can easily pass through without having to clear the thorns and stones as we walk.

Similarly, if we have a good method such as the Quan Yin Method, we won't concern our troubles even though we can still have them. A good method makes us feel very happy and at ease, and by communicating daily with the higher power to taste a little bit of inner experience every day, making us feel contented, and that way we're able to bear this painful world.

  1. Why are enlightened Masters always disturbed by Maya during their lectures? Do we need to have great merits to be able to listen to the lectures of enlightened Masters?
  2. What is the level of "hearer"? Could just listening to the lectures of the enlightened Masters make one enter sainthood?
  3. Does believing in Master also count as initiation? Do we form an affinity with an enlightened Master just by listening to His/Her lectures only once?
  4. What kind of karma will be created if one slanders a spiritual practitioner? Why does Master say that the slanderers are path-guarding Bodhisattvas?
  5. What special affinity does Master have with people in Formosa? Why is it said that loving others is loving oneself?
  6. Why shouldn't we force others to believe in our spiritual method? How can we guard the Dharma with compassion and wisdom?
  7. What is the most important quality for becoming a Buddha? How do we "learn from a Buddha continuously"?
  8. Are the experiences recorded in the chapter of Universal Door the ones of practicing the Quan Yin Method? Why do we have to practice spiritually in order to understand the scriptures?
  9. What is the Essence of Dharma beyond words? Why did Bodhidharma say that there's no need to recite sutras or worship the Buddha’s statue?
  10. How come we'd realize that there's nothing serious under the sun after we practice more spiritually? Is it because of the attachment to different names that misunderstandings among all religions arise?
  11. How can we look at people through our Buddha nature? Since all beings have their Buddha nature, why do we still need to practice spiritually?
  12. Why couldn't ascetic practices lead us to Buddha nature? How can we turn troubles into Bodhi?
  13. Why do we no longer care about our troubles after practicing the Quan Yin Method? How can people who don't practice the Quan Yin method avoid the sufferings of the Three Lower Realms?
  14. How do we apply wisdom to identify the trials from Buddhas and Bodhisattvas? How do we perceive the world and deal with worldly matters with wisdom?
  15. Why is it a greater sin to kill oneself than to kill others? Why is it said that anyone who allows oneself to be harmed by another also creates karma for the other?
  16. How do we correct mistakes and forgive ourselves? What is the best way to repent?
  17. Is there a highest Lord in the universe? Why should we know an enlightened master in order to know God?
  18. Why is offering without knowing it the real kind of offering? What is the highest form of offering?