In teaching the Fa, I have
mentioned many times that the emergence of scriptures in Sakyamuni’s Buddhism
and in the Dharma-Ending Period was brought about mainly because some people
added into the Dharma their own words and understandings—this is the greatest
lesson in history. Nevertheless, some disciples simply refuse to abandon their
ordinary human attachments. Being taken advantage of by the demon-nature of
being attached to showing off their eloquence and literary talents, they
unknowingly undermine the Buddha Fa.
some people have been calling it “dumping dirty water” when students, after
deepening their understanding in their cultivation, speak of their past
shortcomings in sharing their experiences. This has completely changed the
content of cultivation practice. Cultivation practice is sacred, and it is not
something like an everyday person’s self-examination or repentance. Disciples!
You should not casually take up a term used or mentioned by everyone. Isn’t
this adding something human to Dafa? Last year, after the Beijing assistance
center put forward the four phrases, I wrote an article, “Correction,”
specifically for it. It should be taken seriously. Of course, there are still
some other improper terms being circulated. You should think about it: If one
word is added today and another the day after tomorrow, with the passage of time
the next generation of disciples will not be able to tell whose words they are,
and gradually Dafa will be changed.
You must be
clear that the form of cultivation practice that I leave you can never be
altered. Don’t do anything that I do not do, and don’t use anything that I
do not use. In cultivation you should say things however I say them. Pay
attention! Inadvertent alteration of the Buddha Fa is undermining it all the
I also want
to tell you that your nature in the past was actually based on egotism and
selfishness. From now on, whatever you do, you should consider others first, so
as to attain the righteous Enlightenment of selflessness and altruism. So from
now on, whatever you do or whatever you say, you must consider others—or even
future generations—along with Dafa’s eternal stability.
February 13, 1997