1 To reap rewards from quiet sitting, you must do the following three things:
2 (1) To purify the mind and diminish desires: How to purify the mind? How to curb desires? Use the “Code of Life” to purify the mind and cleanse your thoughts and body. Also use the two chosen Watchwords to work on yourself. As long as you fulfill the requirements from one of them, you can enter the stage of “purified mind.”
3 Becoming temperate means curtailing your desires. This is also a difficult condition to meet. All humans have desires. Saints want to save the world and its people. This, too, is a desire, but they do not have selfish hearts. They do not want it for themselves. To curb desires is to lessen desires or to be able to purify the desires.
4 (2) To examine your behaviors morning and evening: carry out the “Code of Life.” Examine your conduct in dealing with people and matters to see if you have violated your conscience, and check against the two Watchwords you have chosen in particular. If you have, admit the mistake immediately and correct yourself. Correct your mistakes each day.
5 If you are able to meet the requirements of one Watchword, you will, as Confucius said, “be able to apply the same principles to the rest” nineteen Watchwords.
6 (3) To build up external merits: This is referring to offerings of wealth and dharma. Every religion wishes that their believers extend themselves in giving. Offering of dharma is not necessarily done by using personal experience as an example. We need to be able to guide others based on needs and circumstances, and encourage people to do good.
7 We should at least know that the foundation of happiness stems from lending a helping hand. Your help becomes most effective when people are in dire needs of assistance.
Spiritual Talk about the Practice of Chinese Original Quiet Sitting, July 29, 1979