In spiritual practice, if one allows the arrogance to become bigger and bigger, then it really becomes a burden.
This is due to holding up a perfect/glamorous self and regarding this as one’s own identity. When we practice and see there are more and more greed, hatred and delusion, but accepting this reality and letting this humble us, that would be the right perspective.
Therefore, spiritual practitioners should become more and more humble as they practice. This is the right way. Spiritual practice is not about what to gain. It is not about becoming more powerful either, but to become more generous, more light-hearted, more open, and less attached.
Only letting go is the right direction of spiritual practice.
我們持戒為了得到什麼？禪修為了得到什麼？ 智慧又是為了得到什麼？ 如果真的可以得到一些東西，那不就是有我？ 若沒有我，又是誰在得到？
What do we keep the precepts for? What do we meditate for? What do we gain wisdom for? If truly there is something to get, isn’t there exists a self? If there is no self, then who is getting something?
The longer you practice, the emptier you should be and the less you possess. Also, you should have less identity, rather than a more and more powerful identity.
The experience of coming home during this Chinese New Year made me deeply feel the importance of compassion, which is a quality I lack very much. In the monastery environment before, living with my master and the Sangha, there was not much clashing with the external world. So there was less experience of suffering, and less attention was paid to the importance of compassion.
當我們感受到世間苦的時候，若沒有慈悲心的轉化，一旦經驗到情緒波動——他人的不足、自己的不足，就會有情緒上的障礙。 而慈悲是一種能量的轉化器，就是所謂的化戾成祥。 戾氣，不是指外面的什麼不好的能量，而是我們內心的貪嗔癡。
When we feel the suffering of the world without the transformation by compassion, once we experience fluctuations in emotion – the inadequacy of others, the inadequacy of ourselves, then emotional obstacles arise. Compassion is an energy transformer – transforming hostility into peace. Hostility does not refer to any bad energy outside, but our inner greed, hatred and delusion.
If we stay awake with our right view, together with compassion to protect our emotions, our wisdom will then be very flexible, broad, and tolerant. Strive to develop our compassion, then sincerely accept and accommodate ourselves and others.