There is sacrifice in
forbearance. Being able to make sacrifices is the result of improving in one’s
cultivation. The Fa has different levels. A cultivator’s understanding of the
Fa is his understanding of the Fa at his cultivation level. Different
cultivators understand the Fa differently because they are at different levels.
The Fa has
different requirements for cultivators at different levels. Sacrifice is
evidenced by one’s being detached from ordinary human attachments. If a person
can indeed calmly abandon everything with his heart being unaffected, he is
actually at that level already. Yet cultivation practice is to improve yourself:
You are already able to abandon the attachment, so why not also abandon the fear
of attachment, itself? Isn’t abandonment without omission a higher sacrifice?
Yet if a cultivator or an everyday person who cannot even make fundamental
sacrifices also discusses this principle, he is actually undermining the Fa by
making excuses for the attachments he cannot let go of.
April 26, 1996