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00194 Heaven or Hell is Just in a Flash of Thought
00194 Heaven or Hell is Just in a Flash of Thought
No.00194
Category / Lecture Tours
Event date / 1987.03.18
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Yilan
Language / Chinese
Translation / Taiwanese
Time (mins) / 1h47m48s
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  • Summary

Where do we find Heaven? Do we need to find a heavenly ladder to reach Heaven? Supreme Master Ching Hai says that being in either Heaven or Hell occurs just in a flash of thought, and that in Heaven there is no greed, hatred or ignorance. When we’re in the Samsara world, it’s just like being in Heaven if we feel no suffering. Thus, we hear teachings such as “Buddha is in our heart” and “the heavenly kingdom is within us.”

If we practice well and have a good method and a great enlightened Master to teach us the Dharma, we’ll be in Heaven wherever we are. We cannot change our outward situation, but we can change ourselves, change our inner levels, and turn our inner world into Heaven. At that time, even though we’re in the Samsara world, we’re Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, enjoying the heavenly state here and having the power to help others attain liberation.


Highlights
  1. What does "passing on the Dharma" mean? Who can pass the Dharma on to us?
  2. Why can't ordinary people recognize their own great inner power?
  3. Why do differences exist among human beings?
  4. When Buddhas and Bodhisattvas come to this world, why don't they teach publicly and instead only save limited numbers of sentient beings?
  5. What is the significance of the existence of various spiritual levels in the universe? How can we avoid falling into lower levels?
  6. How can we change our own levels? Is it possible to become a living Buddha or Bodhisattva?
  7. Do all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas live in the world of Nirvana? What is the meaning of "reaching liberation while living"?
  8. Why do all religions stress that the human body is the most precious among all types of bodies?
  9. Why don't Buddhas and Bodhisattvas save beings in Hell? Is it effective to recite the sutras to help release souls from Hell?
  10. Is it true that if we avoid eating meat we can be liberated? What is the spiritual cost of eating meat?
  11. When farmers use pesticides in their fields, does this act count as killing?
  12. Do you know the magical method of catching mosquitoes? Please listen to Master's teaching on how to catch mosquitoes.
  13. How should one meditate in order to eliminate bad karma? Why is it impossible to attain real liberation without practicing the Quan Yin Method?