A Western Buddhist's Travels

Sightseeing & detours on the path of enlightenment

Teaching from those who are not a Buddha

I have started to watch Treatise on Response & Retribution by Venerable Master Chin Kung.  This video cd is from Amitabha Buddhist Association of New South Wales Inc. and is freely distributed.  It is a collection of half hour lectures that were originally produced by the Amitabha Buddhist Society in Singapore. As this is based on a Taoist text rather than a Buddhist sutra, the Lao Tsu reference yesterday was a pleasant and unexpected lead in. I posted yesterday’s entry just before I started watching the video. There is a saying in Buddhism, “Any teachings told by completely enlightened people are perfect and complete.” That it does not come from Buddha but is a worldly teaching is ok, as the only difference is the distinction we make in our minds. Knowledge that helps us along the path to enlightenment is either worldly or from Buddha in our minds, and how we perceive things here in the three realms. The Treatise on Response & Retribution is about the principle or Law of Cause and Effect. Plant bad seeds = bad results, plant good seeds = good results. What seeds do we plant with each thought, speech or action? The paper on Liao-Fan’s Four Lessons mentioned in the video may be freely obtained at http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/liaofan.pdf

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