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SUCCESS IN BUDDHIST CULTIVATION DEPENDS ON ONE’S DILIGENCE AND DETERMINATION, COUPLED WITH COMPASSION AND WISDOM

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(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)

 

SUCCESS IN BUDDHIST CULTIVATION DEPENDS ON ONE’S DILIGENCE AND DETERMINATION, COUPLED WITH COMPASSION AND WISDOM

 

Caller: There are two aspects to one’s success in Buddhist cultivation: diligence and determination coupled with compassion and wisdom.  Is that correct, Master Lu?

 

Master Jun Hong Lu: Yes!  It is important to be diligent as we have to embrace perseverance in cultivation.  With regards to compassion and determination – when we are compassionate, we are able to overcome our hardships; and with determination, we become fearless.  One who is keen on saving face will surely suffer.  As a matter of fact, we should not be concerned about others losing respect for us if we are strong-minded.  For example, when you think, “I have set my mind on cultivating to become a Buddha”, there is no need to be concerned about others losing respect for us.  In fact, we should not allow such concerns to have a negative impact on us.

 

Caller: That’s right, Master Lu, success in Buddhist cultivation requires firstly, diligence and determination, and secondly compassion and wisdom.

 

Master Jun Hong Lu: That’s how it is.  We need compassion and wisdom, without the latter, do you think you will be successful?

 

Caller: That’s not possible.  We should cultivate the Prajna wisdom of Bodhisattva.

 

Master Jun Hong Lu: That is correct.

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