(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
EXPLAIN WHEN NECESSARY BUT DO NOT OVERDO IT
Caller: Master Lu, how do Buddhist practitioners put into practice “Not explaining is the best explanation”? Is it possible to achieve this through actions in order to remove all vexations?
Master Jun Hong Lu: You still have to explain when necessary. However, do not overly explain. It suffice when you make your point clear. It’s now the Age of Dharma Decline, not the Age of the Right Dharma, during which explanation was not needed as self-realisation prevailed in everyone: when you stop talking, the other party will follow suit as he will be immediately enlightened. Nowadays people get confused easily, therefore you have to explain when the need arises.
Caller: If we would like to resolve everything in a non-confrontational manner…
Master Jun Hong Lu: It’s impossible. For example, your husband suspects that you are having an affair, what happen if you do not explain and remain silent? He will be very angry at you. It’s that simple. Can you afford not explaining under such circumstances?
Caller: We still have to explain when necessary, otherwise it will deepen the misunderstanding.
Master Jun Hong Lu: People today are different from people in the past. Their morality and standards have deteriorated.