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The Teachings of Heavenly Teacher “JiGong.”

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PREFACE - Page 1  
Now is the time for the final calamity and for the salvation of the Three Worlds. Highly developed technology is accompanied by the disregard of the philosophy of life and the teachings of the sages and the virtuous; the tone of the world is getting worse and human hearts deviate. As a result, disasters and calamities are repeatedly scattered to humankind.
However, merciful God cannot bear to see both the righteous and the stubborn, confused beings perish altogether; thus, the divine mandate has been granted for the Last Salvation. In 1930, Shi-Zun (Master Zhang  - JiGong) and Shi-Mu (Master Sun  -  Bodhisattva Yueh Hui) were bestowed the Heavenly Decree and took on the mandate of Tao propagation in the Last Salvation. JiGong Living Buddha and countless compassionate Buddhas have been giving all the necessary teaching, assistance and guidance in Fa–Hui (Tao Seminars). Their timely exhortations are to awaken people’s conscience and purify our hearts so as to put an end to the disasters. 
The Guang-Hui Cultural Corporation was instructed by merciful Qian-Ren (Senior Master) to invite the Literature Department of the Chong De College in the Taipei Tao Society to collect the Holy Revelations of the past years and to edit the series called “BRIGHT WISDOM,” which is translated into English by the English Department of the Chong De College and many volunteers.
Bright Wisdom is loaded with Heavenly Tao teachings, every word a sparkling gem and every phrase a golden wisdom that are beneficial for personal cultivation, for family harmony and also good for making a country or the whole world become better. We wish the readers to attentively realize the Truth, to nurture one’s true nature, and to give out wisdom and light to guide the people of the world, to reach the realm of harmony and peace as a repayment of God’s mercy and the compassionate teachings of Buddhas and sages.
The Guang-Hui Cultural Corporation - July 2004
For the benefit of readers of this website, T.A Chew is most happy to type every word of Bright Wisdom to further propagate the teachings of Tao. 
These are the teachings of Heavenly Teacher JiGong to his disciples during the Holy Seminars. Although the teachings are for his disciples, they can be applied to other spiritual paths and will benefit them. 
Cultivating Tao and Cultivating our Hearts.
1) A devoted cultivator should understand that hardship is part of life. The more you do, the more you fulfill your vows. Therefore, people who cultivate Tao should have no complaints or regrets. 
2) To cultivate Tao you need to seize the opportunity. If you miss the moment, you will not have a second chance. When the opportunity comes, grasp it quickly and accurately. This is Tao, because at this moment, you are single-minded.
3) Your sincere heart and your own understanding of Tao are the most important aspects in cultivation. Wisdom is gained through experiencing your real life and trying to improve yourself. For instance, when encountering a problem, how to solve it properly requires wisdom. Put what you have learned into practice and then you can make a difference in your life. 
4) I, Holy Teacher, expect all my disciples to do this; when you encounter incompletion or imperfection (deviation from Tao), do your best to make it complete and perfect (conform to Tao). Start from achieving small completions; end in big perfections. Start from little things, and strive for perfection with this principle, 
“Praise others’ merits but humbly your own. Admit your own faults instead of criticizing others.” 
Do not slander or criticize when you see only a small part of the whole picture, that will only lead to trouble and make things worse.
5) Almighty God allows the propagation of Tao not for people to learn conjurations, theurgy, or some strange and mystifying things, but to tell you directly that you are a Buddha. 
6) Self-Nature is in yourself. It is invisible. My disciples, do your own through research and you’ll find out that the past sages, saints, and the founders of the world’s greatest religions all reached perfection by fulfilling their daily responsibilities. You need to have your feet planted on the solid ground. Don’t just live in a vague and ideal dream of cultivation. 
7) What does it mean to live in a dream of cultivation? If you talk a lot and do nothing much, that’s living in a dream. Cultivation is to fulfill one’s duties faithfully, without complaint. Do not compare yourself with others. Do what you can do. Heaven is fair; God will not treat you with less than what you deserve. When your time comes, naturally others will affirm you. Unless you stand on solid ground, and really devote yourself, you will not get any affirmation. 
8) Emotions are capricious. How do you make your germinating heart remain constant? If you want to keep your faith, you have to carry it out and practise it constantly. Through constant practice, you may encounter frustrations, failures, or maybe senses of success. However, if you get back on your feet after falling down, your faith will become stronger and firmer than before; in this way you can maintain constancy and persistency of your Buddha heart. Do you understand this? Why would sages always preach: Knowing should always be consistent with doing? Knowing without doing is in vain. Doing without planning is too reckless. When you have a belief, or a kind thought, how do you fulfill it? It cannot be accomplished in two or three days. It takes constant practices throughout your life to achieve success in cultivation. Not until the lid is laid on one’s coffin, can one’s achievement be evaluated!
9) Neither the earth nor the underworld is your home. You come to the earthly world with a mission. Do not improperly belittle or underestimate yourself. It is your responsibility to propagate Tao on behalf of Heaven. Why? Because you were born by Heaven and nurtured by earth; the grace of Heaven and earth and the grace of your parents are the greatest among all the favors you have received in life.
10) Cultivation is to correct evil thoughts, and recover the inherent conscience and the intrinsic ethics already in you. 
11) You all know to Xiaoshun (love, honor, respect and take good care of) your parents, and love your brothers and sisters. You all know to repay grace and favors, and to fulfill vows. Loving and honoring parents should be done naturally, without any expectations. That is true Xiaoshun.
12) Everyone’s duty is to be responsible to oneself. Everything you do has an effect on all the sentient beings, yourself, and everyone around you. Today, you are here in the temple to learn Tao, but where is Tao? Tao is in your daily life. You should act in accordance with Tao and set an example of Tao, devotedly practising it yourself, and then you’ll see how worthwhile it is to cultivate Tao. 
13) As you come to know yourself better, you will show your inner sincerity in your expressions and behaviors. Then, people will see you as a Buddha. The world around you will become a heavenly paradise because of you. The real paradise is in your heart. 
14) Being a human, you need to fulfill your basic duties. You should be practical, and try not to reach for what is beyond your grasp. You do not need to go to other places to study Zen, meditation or conjuration. All you need to do is to cultivate yourself in the most natural way, which is out of your merciful heart. And you can achieve Buddhahood eventually. The remarkable glory of White Sun Era is that we can accomplish the most extraordinary things in the most ordinary way.
15) A cultivator needs not only to cultivate well, but also to express Tao effectively. To be a cultivator, your words, your heart, and your deeds have to be consistent. The most important thing in cultivation is to realize the truth. 
16) Every bottleneck is an ideal time for growth. Do not just play attention to your superficies everyday. To cultivate, you have to go deeper. In getting along with people, you need to go deeper, too. You cannot just take care of the façade. Otherwise, people will also treat you superficially.
17) When you cultivate Tao, do not just pay attention to what is beautiful, delicious and comfortable. Endure hardship and suffering, and then you will be the best of best. 
18) Be selfless when you practise Tao; be contented to play your role. You need to practise Tao without complaints, without regrets, without a starting point or a finish line. Start again after resting; be sure that you really make an effort to help this world become more harmonious and peaceful. Hope that in time of great urgency and chaos, all of you can settle down your heart and truly calm down your mind and be sincere. Be sincere to yourself, to people, to all objects and to your duties. Face your own heart, be sincere inside and reflect your sincerity on your behaviors and expressions.
19) Whatever you do, do not wait until tomorrow. Seize today, seize the moment, seize here and now; then you’ll find what is true and eternal.
20) Take cultivation as something you should do, then you will do it willingly and cheerfully, just like enjoying your meals. Take cultivation as having meals, think of it as enjoying a delicious meal, you will want to experience it everyday. That is why one different thought makes a world of difference. 
21) Cultivation of Tao is to do the most appropriate thing at the most appropriate time, because we would not be doing something when there is nothing to do. It’s always like when something comes up, you face it, and deal with it. If you have done things well on earth, then you have taken good care of holy affairs in the heaven.
22) There’s no end Tao cultivation, resting is the repose of your weary mind, not the repose of your footsteps, or slowing down. Be lively in your strive, but tranquil in heart, not bothered by fame or wealth. In propagating Tao, unite everyone’s will to form a stronghold and work for a common goal. Do not pursue fame or individual glory. When you manage holy affairs, do them naturally, you should not expect any rewards or be disturbed in mind; always follow your True Nature and Heaven will certainly support you with unlimited power. If you are demanding for rewards and troubled, you are not doing it naturally, eventually you will feel powerless to achieve your goal. So, pass on this torch! (As long as one’s torch of wisdom is lit, one’s True Nature is restored). Carry on the torch of this wisdom. Let the light of this millennial beacon shine on, guiding all sentient beings to go on forever and ever. 
23) Cultivation is not to be done in the temple only, or in front  of people only. It needs to be done especially when you are by yourself, and when you are facing each and every thing. That’s cultivation.
24) Heavenly positions are determined in this earthly world. However, if you are striving for the reward of a heavenly position, then it is not a heavenly position anymore. Because once your heart is stirred, it is not Tao. 
25) Choose the path that is suitable for you. Everyone has his complete innate potential. Since it is already in you, you don’t need to search for it externally. Avoid falling into any whirlpool. You need to realize that there is no whirlpool in your true nature; so, you don’t have to jump out of any.
26) If you are fond of Tao, you should be honest, kind and magnanimous. Such a person should always go to kitchen to learn Tao. Learn Tao from doing chores. Do not always sit in a comfortable environment and learn “cozy Tao.”
27) Cultivating Tao in every moment. Do it constantly. Any pause or stop is a waste of time. Be responsible for your own life. Show your compassion. Actually, all of you are Holy Teacher’s incarnations. You are all little JiGongs (help and serve the public), do not “ji-si” (help and serve self). Ji-si will cause you countless worries.
28) As the New Year comes, watch that you practise the “virtue of speaking.” (It’s a Chinese tradition to say good words during the Lunar New Year’s season). The moment you say good words, do good deeds, it is heaven.
29) In your everyday life, who should be your teacher? You cannot see Holy Teacher, and you do not know where Holy Teacher is, so, whom should you learn from? Let your conscience be your teacher. Conduct yourself. Work and speak with conscience, then you will make less mistakes. 
30) Cultivation should be done here and now. You should cultivate at each moment, in every place.
31) Usually people grow in adversity, suffering and experiences make them become stronger. Heaven gives assignments to you according to your ability; so, don’t belittle yourself.
32) Do not have a selfish heart. Take a broad view, what a vast and broad sight it is. Don’t let a narrow and constricted mind limit yourself. Listen, deliberate and perform more, don’t talk too much.
33) Don’t push things to their limits; leave some room for reconciliation if needed. Don’t be too forceful, save some energy. Don’t show off all of your abilities, save some for later. Continue to refine even if you are the finest; blend toughness with tenderness, strength with gentleness, and rigidity with flexibility. Don’t try to compete with others among the strong.
34) Repay good for evil. Don’t let the grace you received be in vain. The more you receive, the more you should fulfill your vows. Let go of your troublesome problems; as your heart is tranquil, everything is “calm.” After everything settles down in calmness, will there still be any worry?
35) Merits are earned without others’ recognition. Do not seek for underserved reputations. Keep your vows well, do more and talk less. Take care of your health, do not do things beyond your capabilities, and cherish your own life.