1 The main themes that are associated with quiet sitting are: (1) purifying the heart and reducing desires, and (2) becoming indifferent to fame and wealth. Ordinary people think that when they are young they still have plenty of time, so they do not want to learn quiet sitting. However, when they are getting older and their days are numbered, they want to get to the bottom of everything and want to learn everything in a short time.
2 As Confucius once said: “when a man is old, he needs to quit coveting gains [in fame and wealth].” This is to say, that as a man is getting old, his spirit and physical strength are getting weaker by the day, so he should not exert himself besides not coveting fame or wealth but do the best his body is able to.
3 Learn to practice quiet sitting and try to do it every day. Do not rush it or delay it. Make it part of your daily routine, and one day you will realize that quiet sitting has been beneficial to your health.
The Second Chinese Original Quiet Sitting Special Training U.S. Class, July 10, 1994