Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Eight

Words and behavior should be faithful and trustworthy. Within and without should match. This is the basic attitude we need when we start our practice. The ancient people talked about ending wrongdoing and practicing virtuous conduct. Where does one start? One starts with no lying. Confucius said, “If a person cannot be trusted, there is Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Six

All of you should consider carefully. Stay far away from all evils. Choose what is virtuous to diligently practice. Love, desire, prestige, and splendor cannot be had forever. . . . There is no happiness at all. “All of you should consider carefully.” We should seriously contemplate everything. Understanding the truth, we will be diligent Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Five

In worldly matters, people alternate harming one another. Retribution may not occur right away. One should see through to this reality as soon as possible. The people in this world do not understand this truth and they take revenge over and over, back and forth. They have a strong desire for vengeance. Revenge may not Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Four

Parents and children, siblings, spouses, and relatives should respect and love each other, and should not be hateful or jealous of one another. They should share what they have with those who do not. They should not be greedy or stingy. Their speech and facial expression should always be gentle. They should not be defiant Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty

They are good, pure, and gentle. They abide in quiescent concentration and are wise in perception. “Good” refers to honesty and simplicity. Good and “pure” describe mindset. Good refers to good fortune; pure, to wisdom. When one has both good fortune and wisdom, one has true merit. “Gentle” describes attitude: gentle, kind, respectful, thrifty, and Read More …