1 Those who have firm Dao mindset are indifferent to fame and wealth. Yet those who are indifferent to fame and wealth do not necessarily have a firm Dao mindset. There is a gap between the two.
2 When people think of wealth and sex, they cannot sit still to practice quiet sitting, let alone cultivating the Dao. It would be pointless to even try. The body may be sitting on the cushion in the luminorium, but the mind will not be able to get away from these thoughts and will continue to drift. In this case, it is better not to practice quiet sitting. Sitting with such a mental state may be harmful to the body.
3 Therefore the most important thing in quiet sitting is to let the mind go. Speaking of “tempering the mind,” it is important to continue tempering until there is nothing left in the mind, at which point the mind is clean and free of “self.”
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, July 27, 1992