Supreme Master Ching Hai -- Ocean of Love Tour
Experience the Divine
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Her lecture, Master, with eyes closed, led the audience in
a sincere prayer for peace in Formosa, mainland China, and
the rest of the world. She thanked the large numbers of Buddhas
who came to see Her. Although not everyone knew that they
were Buddhas, She saw the Buddha in everyone. She said. "We
are all one. We are the same. Each one of us is like a drop
of water in the ocean. Although every drop is individual and
special in its own way, it is still the ocean. If we want
to know rather than just hear others say that we are all one,
it is not so difficult. We only have to approach it from the
other side. If we listen inward to our Self-Nature, we will
immediately see our God Nature. We have all read about "listening
inwardly to our Self- Nature" in the Buddhist scriptures,
but we don't know how to do it. Why do we need to 'listen
inwardly', and not 'look inwardly,' 'touch inwardly,' or 'feel
inwardly'? This is because it is really possible to listen
to our True Self. We do not listen to It with our hearing
faculty; we listen with our inner heart. We can really listen.
Why do we say listen? It is because there will be heavenly
music, Buddhist sutras, heavenly teachings, and the inner
Sound current that is as beautiful as music, but no musical
instruments are needed to produce It."
musical instruments are needed to produce this sound that
is so beautiful and mystical that it makes our souls soar
in bliss and happiness back to our original Home, like the
Buddha Land or heaven. This is why the Buddha said that
we should 'listen inwardly to our Self Nature.' Our Self
Nature is not our 'heart' nor a 'quality.' It is free and
easy, very, very wise, noble, great, and encompassing the
whole universe. This is our Self -Nature."
Her usual, humorous way, Master elaborated in simple language
on the nature of the Divine Realm, and Her speech was greeted
frequently by loud applause. "The Bible states, 'Seek
ye first the kingdom of God, and then everything shall be
added unto you,' Shakyamuni Buddha also said that when we
have found our God Nature, even our life as a human being
is happier, more successful, and more abundant in material
terms. The purpose for finding the God Nature is not to
get a more comfortable life, but after finding our God Nature,
we become happier and more comfortable because, upon finding
our Buddha Nature, everything is illuminated. All of our
previously forgotten talents, our dormant wisdom, and our
overlooked abilities develop with our God Nature. We become
a different person, because from that moment on, we are
no longer humans; in fact, we are not human in the first
place. It is only after entering this body that we call
ourselves humans. So, who are we before we enter this body?
Also, who will we be after we have departed from this body?"
Buddha said that He and we are equal, that He attained Buddhahood
and so will we in the future. He also said that all sentient
beings have God Nature like He did; then why are we not
aware of It? He asked Himself this also. It is because the
illusions of this world are really alluring; therefore,
we absolutely cannot remember who we are, we forget about
our homeland in heaven, and we forget about the Buddha Land.
However, it is also very simple if we choose to remember.
It is as easy as turning over one's palm. It is simple,
but also not simple. It is not simple because we are used
to looking outside, so it is difficult for us to believe
that we are God. We might have heard about heaven, the Buddha
Land, and that the Buddha is in the heart or that God is
within us. However, hearing it is one thing, but the next
day we are still busy living the life of an ordinary human.
When we die without a guide to lead us, we won't know where
to go, and our soul will be in agony."
all of us would have found the heavenly Kingdom within,
this world would have become nirvana long ago. The Zen doctrines
say that only a strand of hair separates heaven and Earth.
It's truly like that. We originally came from heaven, so
we only have to revert our attention and listen inwardly
to our Self Nature to find heaven."
the middle of Her lecture, Master said that those who wanted
to learn the Quan Yin Method could go outside to register.
Then, there was a lot of movement in the venue, and many
people went to the registration counters. More than a thousand
people received initiation or learned the Convenient Method.
For several days after Master's lecture, the "Ocean
of Love Tour" hot line continuously received calls
from every part of Formosa. Callers expressed their interest
in learning more about Master's teachings and the Quan Yin
Method. Some earnestly requested initiation or to learn
the Convenient Method since they had missed the chance on
the day of the lecture due to other engagements.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Master attended a seminar entitled "The
Supreme Master Ching Hai, the Quan Yin Method, and the Chinese
in Southeast Asia," held at Academia Sinica in Taipei. Although
Master's itinerary was very tight for Her lecture tour in Asia
and Oceania, She still attended the seminar, which was one of
a series discussing the relationship between various religions
and Chinese people around the world.
Sinica is a world-renowned organization involved in academic research.
The organizers of the seminar were members of the Southeast Asia
Research Project from Academia Sinica, the Taiwan Religious Institute,
Formosa's Central Broadcasting Corporation, the
Chinese Research Group of the Contemporary History Research Faculty
from Academia Sinica, and the Chinese Interdisciplinary Association.
Participants in the seminar included professors from Formosan
universities, research fellows and associates from Academia Sinica,
media professionals, and other elite personnel from many fields.
the seminar, Master's charitable and teaching activities in Asian
countries including Formosa, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore,
the Philippines, Au Lac, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,
Hong Kong and Mainland China were introduced. A printed copy of
relevant material was also provided for reference. The various
questions raised by the attending scholars, journalists, and guests,
in counterpoint to Master's wise and humorous answers, created
a lively and brilliant discussion. (The complete content of the
seminar can be found in a special column, "Spiritual and
Intellectual Interchange," included in this issue.)
the seminar, the hosts followed their usual practice and presented
a lecture honorarium to Master, Who was very touched by their
sincerity. This was the first time in over a decade that She
had been awarded compensation for a discourse. Master returned
the money to them immediately, as a gift to help with the expenses
of the seminar. Lasting two hours, the seminar was warm and
interesting, and especially meaningful in regard to Asian academic
All the major newspapers in Formosa prominently reported
the news about Master's lecture at the Taoyuan County Stadium,
as well as Her seminar at Academia Sinica.
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