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The character for extravagant ( ) is composed of two parts ( ). The first part ( ) shows a pictogram for a standing person that is extending his arms to show his body is big to scare animals away, so it means big. The second part ( person.

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The character for enlightenment ( ) is composed of two parts. The first part ( dark, unclear, black.

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"The made karma, good or bad, shall never perish although thousands and thousands of years had been past; one shall begat his own recompense out of the karma when it is matured."


"The such-like primary causes of phenomena; the suchlike effects of phenomena."

Confucius's disciple, the philosopher Tsang said, "Beware, beware. What proceeds from you, will return to you again." 83

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"Ye shall know them by their fruits Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles ? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 84

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"And leave what is apparent of sin and what is concealed thereof. Indeed, those who earn [blame for] sin will be recompensed for that which they used to commit."

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Last year, I heard a case about "shit" while attending a seminar in Tao field. The Lecturer wrote a big English word "Shit" on the blackboard and asked if there was any of the attendants who did not know this word. Then, he invited people who knew it to explain. Attendants A answered, "The meaning of shit in Mandarin is dog's droppings." The Lecturer asked, "Is this a good word or a bad word?


(bad word) Do you say this word in daily life? (No). What was explained is narrow sense in terms of current saying. This word originally does not indicate that dog only has it. It means feces. But, modern people scold others with it

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this word "shit" was simple, which meant excrements. To write it, do you feel not graceful? If you don't, do you have it? Is it possible for you all not to have excrements? If you don't feel decent, what mindset you apply to treat it? If you regard it to make you clean, then this word is very clean and very noble. If you feel it dirty, then it is dirty and means the same to you." The above reminded me of an example in a sutra: One day, Sakyamuni Buddha and his disciple A-Nan were walking on the road, a group of children run to them and shouted, "It's stinky, very stinky, run, people run. Ni-Ji who's carrying feces for people is coming this way. Stinky, stinky, run!" At that time, Sakyamuni Buddha and A-Nan were standing by the road and watching them. The children stopped running while they saw Sakyamuni Buddha. Then, he asked the children, "Do you have feces everyday?" Children, "Yes." Sakyamuni Buddha, "If you and your families' feces are not

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carried away, will your home be very stinky?" Children, "Yes." Then, he asked the children, "If so, should we be grateful to NiJi?" The children answered together, "Yes." Sakyamuni Buddha then walked toward Ni-Ji, who was so scared to hide away. He covered his face with his hands and said, "Sakyamuni Buddha, World Honoured One, please do not come forward. I am dirty and stinky and I am so menial. Honorable Sakyamuni Buddha, please do not come over to me, don't come toward me." Sakyamuni Buddha not only walked toward Ni-Ji, but reached out his hands and held Ni-Ji's hands 121

tightly. Ni-Ji was so shocked to say any word. Even people standing around, whoever adults or children, exclaimed "Ah..." They all thought that Sakyamuni Buddha was so noble, how could he hold such menial people's stinky hands? However, Sakyamuni Buddha's hands were so warm, and his eye sights were so tender and kind, his voice was full of love and mercy. Sakyamuni Buddha said, "Ni-Ji, do you know that your occupation is not menial at all? It is a very important job because you are cleaning the world of mortals, the dirtiness of families; and I am cleaning the dirtiness rooted in people's mind. What we do is the same. You shall not look down upon


yourself, be more affirmative to yourself. Raise your head, don't feel inferior. If you intend to cultivate, you may come to my medication center. You are always welcomed." Ni-Ji shed tears of appreciation and joy because this was the first time in his life to be esteemed and respected. What's more, the one who respected and esteemed him was Sakyamuni Buddha, a respectable and adorable Buddha, who was used to be the prince of the country. Afterwards, Ni-Ji followed Sakyamuni Buddha to cultivate and became his disciple. Ni-Ji was very attentive and striving, he finally attained to divine enlightenment. We may realize from this example that dirtiness and stink the ordinary people regard are not what they are in Saints' minds because what they see is our mind and truth, but what ordinary people see, hear and think are matters of superficiality and seldom realize the starting point and truth of a matter. People not only believe what they see, hear and think is true, but distort truth and create incident. So, right and wrong, cause and effect are generated. Rumor stops in the wise. The example of Sakyamuni Buddha guiding a group of innocent children not

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to have bias upon what is seen or heard is exactly what we should be cautious about our mindset in daily cultivation. My daughter and I have nothing cannot be talked or discussed. Even the private matter, routine excretion, we will call each other to take a look. "Mom, come quickly to have a look. Otherwise, I am flushing it." I rushed into toilet and saw a straight, beautiful color and wide feces laying in the stool. Then, I said, "Wow! How amazing! Such healthy and beautiful feces may only be excreted by young people only." My daughter showed joy and pride, then said "Mommy, lately your 123

feces became thinner, which is not so healthy. Did you stay up late and live irregular daily schedules again? Please adjust your timetable. You are not young anymore." My daughter worries about my health all the time. Though my age is nearly fifty, I almost do not have the experience to stay in hospital except having flu once or twice a year. Even so, my daughter still hopes that I can be like current condition always, healthy and happy forever. Sages say, "Don't you have feces? ... what is your mindset to treat it? If you think it makes you clean, then this word is


clean and noble. If you feel it dirty, then it is dirty and menial to you." These words touch me deeply. Ancient Zen master used to say, "Daily life is the practice of cultivation, Tao is in feces and urine." For ordinary people, urine and feces are unclean, impure, people whose occupation is related to these are whoever stay away from. So, Ni-Ji who was taking feces in ancient India, a social class distinct community, was an inferior person. Sakyamuni Buddha knew very well about the truth that people's nature and themselves are equal. He respected Ni-Ji's job and guided him with the way of cultivation because Ni-Ji and he were the same to do best in order to pursuit the brightness and divine enlightenment despite different social status. Sakyamuni Buddha had gone through the pursuit of truth as he was a prince, so he told Ni-Ji that there is a way of cultivation that people should look for: "Come, come to me! I will tell you, guide you, and you will be enlightened as well as achieving divine status. Even your job is to take feces, there is no distinction." People, whoever they are, devote themselves to pursuit truth have no difference. Last year, my father had a surgery of the late and pancreatic cancer. He was not able to command over himself for six

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months and until the end of his life. It might be said a successful surgery in the beginning, but postoperative recovery was not so good due to the severe cirrhosis of the liver. Two or three months later, his internal organs could not absorb nutrients, not only cirrhosis but cancer cells spreading to the stomach and duodenum. He must rely on intubation, feeding fluid medium to sustain life. Eventually, he made a tracheostomy. My younger brother stayed in hospital nearly all his spare time. Father's healthy and gastrointestinal conditions had severe problems, that nutrients fed not long ago were 125

excreted. My brother was busy in cleaning feces and put a new fresh diaper for father. However, father patted his diaper unhappily at once, brother had to help him check. Surprisingly he found that father shit up again! Then he wiped again for him to re-put a new diaper. He thought this was it, so he could take a break. Unable to talk and intubated father patted his diaper again urgently. My brother checked with doubts and found that father shat once again.So, my brother wiped and put new diapers repeatedly six times in two hours. Father finally did not shit anymore. During the six months father staying in hospital, four of our


brothers and sisters and sister-in-law could be said to mobilization. Particularly sister-in-law, she spent much more time in taking care of father because we, three sisters, were at work. We could be Taichung to accompany and take care of father on holidays only. As for the working days, it was her to take care of father. She cleaned father as we brothers and sisters did faithfully without a complaint. I told my father, "You have a good daughter-in-law. You should be thankful to her. We, brother and sisters are also grateful for what she does." I used to hear people say, "One with chronic illness drives away even the most filial piety son." What is good is this saying did not fulfill among our siblings. My self-proclaimed chic father went through the pain of not able to talk and weak health. Not to mention that he needed children to help clean urine and feces. Pride was gone. Thus, he even wrote on cardboard to express his silent anger, "A gentleman prefers death to humiliation." But, father died without regret that his children and grandchildren accompanied by the side by feeding, massaging, taking care of him, chatting and remembering past events so that he was able to have a temporary soothing.

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During the period of my father's sickness, my brother and sisters might be said to deal with feces and urine everyday. However, I saw their filial piety by devoting all their energies in taking care of father. My sister-in-law, she regarded my father as biological father through silent devotion, which touches me most. There is Tao among feces and urine! It is natural to be filial. The human nature glory shines as still among feces and urine, so as lotus flower standing gracefully in mud. It does not be polluted by mud. Thus, I recall Buddha's words, "Shit", in past, this word "shit" was simple, which 127

meant excrements. ... If it is not graceful, what mindset you apply to treat it? If you regard it to make you clean, then this word is very clean and very noble. Buddha said, "When the mind is pure, the Buddha Land is simultaneously pure." I hereby sincerely wish that all people's minds are purified, and have thoughts cleansed by the watering of truth. Everyone has sacred mindset, so Mi-Le Pure Land will appear.



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