(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.< About Spiritual Cultivation