1 Buddhism looks at life as changing constantly. Greed, anger and ignorance end up “in a sea of bitterness.” It is part of the life process of most people. This is because everyone looks to satisfy their material desires, which create a bottomless sea of desires, where people can never be satisfied.
2 The “sea of desire” is deeper than the “sea of bitterness.” Desire has no end to it. That is to say, human heart is bottomless.
3 Why does the word “desire” in Chinese have a “heart” radical [a root serves as a prefix or suffix] on the bottom? There are two desires that humans are born with, which do not involve the heart. One of them is to seek food, and the other is to seek a mate. To seek a mate refers to a male and a female coming together. These two basic desires are normal desires.
4 However, as the world continued to evolve, humans have already surpassed these two basic desires. That is why a heart radical was attached to the basic word of desire in Chinese.
5 Everything is created from the heart. This is because all evil deeds in the human world originate from the heart. So to reform society, you have to start from the heart, and rebuild from the heart.
6 Cultivating the Dao is to cultivate the heart. Religionists have to bear the responsibility for correcting and influencing people’s hearts.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, June 2, 1993