Hanjing Laoren, the Master Teacher and First Master Emissary, received the heavenly edict to revive God’s teachings on Earth on December 21, 1980, in order to continue the Dao lineage in the world, to preach God’s true Dao, to save all living beings of the world, to avert and dispel nuclear holocausts, to assure freedom, peace and safety in Taiwan, and to promote unification of China based on the Three Principles of the People.1 He was always vigilant about leading and encouraging the strivers2 of the Church to:
- Have absolute “faith” in God
- “Vow” to keep all living beings of the world in their thoughts at all times
- Carry out “deeds” without looking for personal gain and without seeking one’s own blessings
He wanted strivers to sacrifice and devote themselves: to the cultivation of righteous qi [aka chi], to exercise the five cardinal disciplines3 day and night, to become initiated, to pay homage to the “Three Treasures”4 and to follow the “Three Mottos”5 religiously.
He also advised strivers of the Church that:
- A great life can only come about by individuals striving with the community, with the goal of equality of the sacred and the mundane in promoting religious unity, world unity and anthro-celestial unity. Ideal living conditions and environment can thus be achieved.
- The least one can do is not to disrupt human relationships. More so, we work actively with others, display true camaraderie and carry out the highest ideals that “the world community is equally shared by all” and to “regard the universe as your home.”
- Strivers can discern in their minds what they will do or will not do, adhere faithfully to the “Four Precepts of Church Regulations,”6 and behave according to the “Church Code of Life”7 of the Twenty Watchwords.8
- Strivers should be prepared for danger in times of peace, and continue cultivating during times of adversity. It is important to understand that if you do not cultivate while still alive, you will not be equipped to survive in the nonphysical realm after the transition to the other side.
- Strivers should keep a broad mind and not be restricted by their neighborhood or social status in guiding others to reach the ideal realm of great freedom.
- Strivers should recognize that although we are all the same and have much in common, we still have differences, and we should accept the sameness in others to help revive the kindness in them. Religious unity and unity of the world all stem from this vision and actions.
Master Teacher used his personal long-term cultivation experience to inspire strivers to practice the “Supreme Truth-Blossom Vehicle Method for reaching the highest heaven”9 so that they may temper their spirits in dual cultivation of self-nature and physical body.
Master Teacher taught tirelessly, with patience and skill. He adapted his teachings to his audience. At times he was like a breeze under the bright moon and at times he spoke with sarcastic tones to inspire the listeners. At times he revealed heavenly secrets. Sometime he would sigh and sometime he would roar like a lion.
All strivers of the Church have learned from Master Teacher’s teachings from writings, from personal practice or from his personal spiritual teachings. They have been relieved of their obsessions, awakened from their spiritual deafness or blindness, have come to understand the essence of cultivation, or have come to be in harmony with the Dao, by his teachings or because of them.
Master Teacher’s teachings are like pearls coming down from the ninth heaven, as Buddha picking a flower with a smile [for understanding the essence and meaning of life].
This book, the first edition of the Teachings of Master Hanjing, is divided into four parts: “Cultivation”, “Quiet Sitting [Meditation]”, “Striving,” and “Heavenly Mandates.”
All Church members should take this book as their motto. As a mirror to reflect upon or as an oar to help them row their boat of life. As a shield to protect them or as a compass to guide them, and as a whip to remind them when they stray with wrong thoughts or deeds.
[Note: A glossary of terms and concepts that are used in this preface, including superscripts 1-9, are presented as Appendix 6 at the end of the text.]
The Publishing Editorial Board of the Teachings of the First Master Emissary, the Master Teacher, December, 1988