When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
OVERCOME (OR HOW TO OBSERVE THE BUDDHIST PRECEPTS)
Posted on Oct.28.2011 @ 05:50PM EDT by chontri
Overcome greed by non-greed. Overcome desire by non-desire. Overcome stealing by non-stealing.
Overcome lust by non-lust. Overcome adultery by non-adultery.
Overcome lying (telling a lie) by non-lying. Overcome talking with two-way tongue by talking without two-way tongue (1).
Overcome anger by non-anger. Overcome hatred by non-hatred. Overcome killing by non-killing.
Overcome ignorance by non-ignorance. Overcome stupidity by non-stupidity. Overcome alcoholism by non-alcoholism. Overcome drugs-eating by non-drugs-eating.
Ask: How come you achieve non-greed, non-anger, non-ignorance, etc...? Answer: Just don't... or don't be... Ask: How come you say: just don't... or don't be...like that? Answer: Just think about the results of what you are going to do will be effecting to yourself and others. Moreover, all of the things such as greed, anger, ignorance, stealing, killing, etc...do not belong to your true nature which is pure, clear, healthy, energetic...They just come from outside, not from your true nature, and they just last for some time whether long or short. They are ephemeral and impermanent. They come, they last and they pass away. You yourself is much more than all of such things. So, don't mis-take them as part of yours and worry too much about them. Just act on the basics of your true nature, then you will see you overcome all of them. You then are the master of yourself.
(1)"talking with two-way tongue" means when there two people fight against each other, you pick up the bad things of this one and tell them to the other, and vice versa; this may make them fight each other to death.
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