is Cultivation Practice?
When it comes to cultivation
practice, many people believe that cultivation practice is only about doing some
exercises, sitting in meditation, and learning some incantations that can then
transform them into Gods or Buddhas, or allow them to attain the Dao. In fact,
that’s not cultivation practice but merely practicing for worldly skills.
much attention is given to cultivation, and this is called “conduct
cultivation.” Then it goes to the other extreme. A monk or a nun tries hard to
chant the scriptures, and he or she regards a person’s knowledge of scripture
as the means for reaching Consummation. In fact, when Buddha Sakyamuni, Jesus,
and Lao Zi were in this world, there were no scriptures at all—there was only
actual cultivation. What the venerable masters taught was to guide cultivation
practice. Later, followers recalled their words, put them into books, and called
them scriptures. They gradually began to study Buddhist philosophy or theories
of Dharma. Unlike what went on in the days of those venerable masters—when
people would actually practice cultivation and use their teachings as the guide
for their cultivation—these people have instead taken the study of religious
scriptures and scholarship as cultivation practice.
This is a
lesson from history. The disciples who practice cultivation in Falun Dafa must
remember that you absolutely should not take the Fa merely as ordinary human
academic scholarship or as something for monks to study, rather than actually
practicing cultivation. Why do I tell you to study, read, and memorize Zhuan
Falun? To guide your cultivation! As to those who only do the exercises but
don’t study the Fa, they are not disciples of Dafa whatsoever. Only when you
are studying the Fa and cultivating your heart and mind in addition to the means
of reaching Consummation—the exercises, and truly changing yourself
fundamentally while improving your xinxing
and elevating your level—can it be called true cultivation practice.
September 6, 1996