a number of disciples who are monks and nuns in a religion have begun practicing
Dafa cultivation. To enable themselves to improve as quickly as possible,
they should abandon the bad inclinations modern religions have developed
over a long period of time. In this regard, our Dafa disciples practicing
cultivation among everyday people should not encourage these people to
develop such things. The cultivation method that Buddha Sakyamuni left
for monks and nuns was very good. But modern monks and nuns have altered
it because many of them could not let go of their attachment to money.
They have even made up some excuses to justify themselves over this, such
as renovating temples, building Buddha statues, printing Buddhist scriptures,
covering the expenses for maintaining temples, and so on. None of these
are cultivation practice; instead, they are all intention-filled actions
that have nothing to do with actual cultivation. A person absolutely cannot
achieve Consummation by means of them.
you want to cultivate in Dafa, you must let go of attachments to money
and possessions. Otherwise, how could you meet the standard for being a
Dafa disciple? Additionally, except in special situations, disciples who
are monks or nuns are not allowed to travel by motor vehicle, plane, or
ship. All should travel on foot. Only through enduring hardships can one
repay one's karma. You can collect alms with an alms bowl when you are
hungry (you should only beg for food, but never for money or goods). At
night, you may stay at the homes of Dafa disciples in different regions,
but not for long. You must set strict requirements for yourselves! Otherwise,
you are not my disciples. Because disciples who are monks or nuns have
different cultivation circumstances from those of disciples who practice
cultivation at home, society does not treat you as everyday people, either.
To achieve Consummation soon, disciples who are monks and nuns should temper
themselves in the human world. You should never be attached to comfort
or pleasure, nor should you use any excuse to seek fame or gain. Still
less should you ask for money to send home. If you cannot abandon worldly
thoughts, you should not have become a monk or nun. In ancient times there
were very strict requirements for becoming a monk or nun. Dafa disciples
who are monks or nuns should set even stricter requirements for themselves.
Since you have become a monk or nun, why can't you let go of worldly thoughts?
As for disciples practicing cultivation at home, they will gradually, thoroughly
abandon attachments to the secular world. But for disciples who are monks
or nuns, this is a prerequisite that they must meet from the very beginning,
as well as a requirement for becoming a monk or nun.