1 To cultivate the Dao is to temper the mind. We temper the spiritual mind, not the physical mind. Tempering is invisible; it is an internal process.
2 Practice is physical. It is an external process. It requires action. For example, the Twenty Watchwords must be followed every day. This is what we call practice. You have to understand the meaning of these Watchwords and practice them in daily living. It is expressed through action, not only verbally.
3 For instance, in order to make his disciples “tarnish their own images,” Sakyamuni Buddha led them to homes begging for food.
4 Everyone has pride. If you think begging for food is a shameful thing and that it damages your dignity, it means you have not been through it yet.
5 Do not take this lightly. This is very important in Buddhism. Therefore, to practice quiet sitting begins from knowing how to emulate the saints and sages in order to become a decent person.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, December 2, 1992