As prescribed by the Purification Puja Liturgy, the special
shrine had been set up facing south, and, in our temple, this was
at a forty-five degree angle from the main shrine. During the sadhana,
students and Master Samantha sat facing north toward the Kuan Yin
shrine. After the sadhana, Master went to her seat in front of the
shrine while everyone else reoriented themselves to face the main
Just like yesterday, you are all still sitting slightly at an angle
from the center. (Master laughter and audience laughter)
Today is the third of the first lunar month, and we have just finished
the third Kuan Yin Purification Puja. As with other times, I was
filled with a Dharma bliss during samadhi.
Just as I was about to emerge from it, I asked Kuan Yin for some
guidance. I asked her, "The mind of man is like waves in the
ocean, forever going up and down. Before one wave is dissipated,
another wave crests. How can one calm the continuing turbulence
inside the mind? In other words, how does one modulate the mind
to bring it to a peaceful state? I was asking Kuan Yin to show us
how to modulate the mind.
All these theories and practices taught by Buddhism today are meant
to help us to modulate the mind, so it can remain calm, stable,
non-agitated, and immovable anywhere, any time, under any circumstances.
So, how can we modulate this moving mind to make it immovable?
This was what Kuan Yin said, "Your mind has to embrace the
sky." Her answer was very simple. One's mind has to embrace
the sky if one wants to modulate it. You have to give this some
Then Kuan Yin spoke again, "As the sky is able to embrace
you, why can't you embrace the sky?"
Ask yourself this, "Being above and being so immense, the
sky is of course embracing us. We are like a particle of sand being
covered by this large expanse of sky. How can we embrace this great
expanse?" To enlarge and expand this particle of sand has to
do with the mind and the method of transforming the mind.
That was why Kuan Yin said that, if one wanted to modulate the
mind, one had to embrace the sky. A mind that embraces the sky will
automatically be free of troubles. Emotional afflictions exist because
one's mind is small and narrow and unable to become as expansive
and limitless as the sky.
So, if we want to modulate the mind, we have to expand it. Think
about the sky, and we will see a stretch of boundless and infinite
blue sky. When we raise our heads to look at the blue sky, we always
feel very happy. I don't know if you enjoy frequently looking at
the sky. I love looking up at the sky, whether it is during the
day or at night. The sky in daytime is different from the sky at
night, but both are beautiful in their own rights.
As soon as you think of the sky, a stretch of blue appears. What
is most important is that this stretch of blue is infinite. One
does not know where it begins or where it ends. It is forever expansive
and boundless. For thousands and thousands of miles, this stretch
of blue is without a shred of cloud. A soon as you think of this
blue sky, your mood will not be the same.
So, this is Kuan Yin's teaching. When your mind is disturbed and
restless, you have to inspect this agitated mind and immediately
bring the sky into your view. Look at your mind and treat it as
a stretch of sky which is limitless and infinite, pure and quiet,
and without any stain on it. You cannot peg or attach anything to
the sky. Even the clouds are just a temporary phenomenon and will
be dispersed by the wind.
Kuan Yin also said, "Think of that quietness, that moment
when it is free of any clouds, just a stretch of blue sky. Dwell
in that pure state of quietude, that infinite realm without any
borders. It is so unlike things in our human world which have limits
and restrictions. Think of that boundlessness. When you dwell in
that state of mind, your mind will gradually calm down and become
unmoved. When you adjust your mind to become like the sky, you are
transforming it to the state of immovability."
Why are we doing these Purification Pujas today? When disasters
happen, why do we want to resolve and transmute them? This is because
our minds are at this agitated state and are unable to rest in peacefulness.
Actually there are no disasters. Only our minds that are moving
continuously, without a moment of rest. You have generated this
very strong feeling against things that are not happening according
to your desires and intent, that is why your emotions are rocking
up and down, and you are feeling uncomfortable and the difficulties.
When things go against your wishes, they then become the so-called
disasters, obstacles, and hindrances.
If your mind is like the untainted and cloudless sky, harboring
none of these desires and limitations, just a stretch of pure and
fluid blue, then your body-mind will naturally light up. No more
weighing down, and you enter into a state of light being. There
is this stretch of blue filling up everything in the universe.
That is why in our practice, we visualize that, amid the stretch
of blue in the moon disc, there appears the seed syllable and its
transformation into the Personal Deity. When you can penetrate deeply
into this stretch of blue sky, your mind will definitely become
Today, problems arise in a person because his mind cannot become
quiet. If you look at everything without disturbance and agitation,
your mind will automatically become quiet and peaceful. You will
not find something disturbing even if they are regarded by others
as disturbing. The so-called disaster regarded by others will not
be felt as disasters by you. What others find to be so unpalatable,
you will relish them. What others find to be so awful to drink,
you will not find it difficult to drink. You will not feel upset
at things others find upsetting.
When you are not seduced, moved, or bedazzled by anything, your
heart then becomes as quiet and still like the sky, then there will
not be any of the so-called difficulties or disasters. This is the
teaching from Kuan Yin today.
Honestly, purification is modulating this mind. Why is this child
of yours disobedient and does not like to study and pursue a good
career? Why are they marrying somebody you cannot get along with?
Why are there so many problems with your family, job, coworkers,
and boss? Enter into the sky. Bring the sky into your mind. Embrace
the sky. When you dwell in that non-doing, that expansiveness, and,
most importantly, that stretch of pure and unstained quietness,
you enter into the sky. Kuan Yin advises one to dwell in that tranquillity,
and, most importantly, that infinite boundlessness.
When you do such visualization, your mind will gradually be able
to become stabilized and quiet down. When you anchor yourself from
moment to moment in this quiet state of mind, then no agitation
in your environment will be able to move you. When you gain an understanding
into why things happen the way they are, you will no longer react
so impulsively and so easily agitated. You will not be so easily
moved by one sentence or certain things. This is very important.
To do cultivation is to cultivate this mind. What we are practicing
is modulating this mind.
So, this is Kuan Yin's teaching. To modulate the mind is to modulate
it to embrace the sky.
May you be blessed with auspiciousness.
Om Mani Padme Hum. (audience applause)