7. Having a Mind That Transcends the World but Follows the Ways of the World
1 An ordinary person can become a Buddha through cultivation. We are living in the red dust of the common world. We have to “be in the dust, but not soiled by dust.”
2 This whole dusty world is a great pit of fire, what Hierarch Xiao called the “burning house in the human realm.” Any person who falls into this furnace will have a hard time pulling himself out.
3 There is a national crisis looming before us now. We, who live in free China, should give our best for our country and our society and resolve to survive or die with Taiwan.
4 This makes it all the more necessary for our hearts to get beyond this world, and not to be dragged down by fame and fortune. We should “have a mind that transcends the world, but follows the ways of the world.”
Spiritual Talk about the Practice of Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, August 5, 1979