1 In quiet sitting you must first learn to keep breathing evenly. The Daoists call it “heart [mind] and breathing depending on each other.” We call it “heart [mind] and breathing coordinating with each other.” This is the term we use in the “Supreme Truth-Blossom Vehicle Method.”
2 When sitting, your heartbeat has to match the rhythm of your breathing. The first step to keep breathing even with the heartbeat is to put your mind down.
3 The mind has to slow down and stop thinking. Let go of everything and let everything go. Think of nothing. Let all thoughts go. When there are no more thoughts, your heartbeat can coordinate with your breathing.
4 You want to “stop thinking.” Then your delusive and distracting thoughts will stop completely and your mind will rest. Once your mind rests, your breathing can coordinate naturally with your heartbeat, the external breathing will cease and the internal breathing will kick in.
5 Learning takes place when you begin to ask questions, when you are not ashamed to ask and you are willing to learn. The knowledge you are gaining by asking is acquired knowledge. Conversely, the innate knowledge is infinite.
6 The innate knowledge has no limit. It begins when the external breathing stops. That opens the gate of wisdom, and true wisdom from the innate will flow into you and you will receive extraordinary wisdom.
7 Those who really make the effort to practice quiet sitting are inspired every day by innate wisdom, which is endless and limitless. You can get anything you ask for.
8 It is important to keep the gate of wisdom open, which means you need to work to “keep it open.” You must continue to practice quiet sitting each day. This is no different from taking a bath, keeping the body warm so that the metabolism and blood flow could process smoothly.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, December 14, 1993