Master JiGong said,
"The heart of Stableness must be purified on earth
The path of Full Enlightenment must be accomplished in the world
Break away with the Form and Shape Affairs of the Door of Emptiness!
Should one’s mind be free from dust (external disturbances)
Why does one need to wear the Kasaya?"
Kasaya means the ‘uniform’ of all religious personnel
What is Form and Shape Affairs?
Master JiGong explained that,
Some religious staff who live in temples or monasteries
May not realize the true essence of Emptiness
On one hand, they are ‘detached’ with the forms and shapes
Of a worldly life such as family, career….etc
But on the other hand, they ‘dwell’ on the forms and shapes
Of a ‘divine’ life such as religious rituals, creed, spiritual honor, merits…etc
What is Door of Emptiness?
Master JiGong explained that,
Buddhism holds that within the universe all conditional things and affairs
That bear shapes and forms are essentially ‘Empty’
They are just a gathering and dispersion of Causes, Conditions and Consequences
And hence do not contain a real nature and constant value
So the Door of Emptiness
In Buddhist term refers to monasteries or nunneries.
In the cultivation of TAO
We need not have to renounce
We can lead a lay life at the same time cultivate the Truth
We need not have to wear the Kasaya
We can go to work, use our earning to support our basic needs
We can get married and the whole family cultivate together
We are advised to be a vegetarian to purify our body, mind and soul
We are advised not to depend on charity to support our spiritual life
If we do so, we are accountable for every cent we use
And can be misunderstood for unaccounted or unnecessary problems
We may be blamed for being a ‘dependant’ on charity for survival
If we do not perform well from people who contribute
In all senses the Kasaya is not necessary for us
We can still transcend the cycle of birth and death
We can still be spiritual in all senses
The Kasaya is in our inner self
The temple is in our inner self
We are ‘wearing’ the Kasaya
We are ‘living’ in the temple.
Na Mo Om Mi Tao Fo