131. The Study of Self-Nature
1 What is working on one’s self-nature? It is delving into the possibilities of one’s mind and nature. It begins with “admiring saints and sages” and emulating their words and deeds. It is strengthening one’s moral fiber, making one’s character upright and observing proper boundaries of conduct. The Confucian School views sagehood as the highest level of human life.
2 Daoists teach dual cultivation of self-nature and physical body. They speak of transcending the mundane and entering the sacred and ultimately look to becoming perfected beings as the highest level of human life. A perfected being is one who possesses righteous qi, stands proudly between heaven and earth, and does not act for personal gain.
3 The highest realm of life is reached by transcending from mortality into sagehood, sweeping away ordinary people’s bad habits.
The Third Teachers and High Level Church Officers Class, July 9, 1991