- From True Buddha News Weekly October 18,
2001. Issue 348
- Translated by Aleric Er
- Edited by May Kwan
- Proofread by Mimosa
- Team members of Padmakumara Translation
RECLUSION: SALVATION BY FATE
I have said that reclusion is a change in lifestyle.
For example, I am scheduled to conduct the Great Rainbow Light Accomplishment
teaching at four o'clock for a TV program. And I have made it almost
a ritual to do so.
I changed that. My teaching is now more flexible.
I teach whenever I wish to. If I wish to do something else, I will
It is the same for Saturdays or the Seattle group
cultivation. I do not have a fixed schedule to do anything.
I can go deep into the forest or to the seaside. I can shut myself
in a cave for years. I can live freely.
In the past, my daily life was fixed by a certain
schedule. In reclusion, I am like the wind, I fly to where
the wind blows.
I will save those who have affinity with me; my
salvage is not limited to the people in Seattle.
I don't mean that I will stop teaching or stop doing
things when I go into reclusion. I have no intention to live on
When I meet those whom I am fated to meet and teach
the way of the Buddha, I will do so, just that I no longer have
a fixed schedule.
I will keep on writing and drawing, I will keep
on teaching and cultivating wherever I go, just like the wind. It's
just that I will not conduct teachings in large ceremonies. I will
leave those to be organised and conducted by venerable masters.
If I am there by chance, then I will attend. I do
not have to sit in the center. I have said that the Master of the
Ceremony will be seated in the center; I will sit at the side as
a honourable master.
I hope that in the future, the venerable masters
will better lead the "True Buddha Foundation" to new heights.
I hope that they will be able to spread the teachings world wide,
to more people and let them see and understand the truth of the
I did not go into reclusion to avoid problems.
We have always used the Chinese phrase "the
waves of the Yangtze river pushes ever forward, a new generation
replaces the old". No Sage can lead the world forever. There
will always be other leaders and they will serve their time.
There is also no leader who is irreplaceable and
indispensable to the group.
In fact, the world will not stop spinning when we
cease to exist. The days will still pass, cultivation will carry
on, and the sun will continue to rise every day.
The powers of a man are limited. The strength from
the unity of the group is stronger. So the chapters should focus
on its group spirit and not so much on the individual.
I would like to advise everyone not to assume that
as a leader you are indispensable. Please do not think like that.
The more competent one is, the more work one should
take on. Perform to the best of one's abilities. Do not be jealous
or envious of others.
When we have an election, we should elect the wise
I will still carry on teaching and cultivating,
only that I have changed the routine. It is not absolute reclusion
that I have stopped all activities. I will carry on, just by different
means. Reverends and students have written to me or expressed their
I have been talking about reclusion for a long while.
I believe that the time has come and I have to pass the baton on
to others, not to avoid problems or trouble.
It is not that I have resigned suddenly, that I
am no longer teaching. It is not so. It just that I believe that
I must let the younger ones step up. I will stand by their sides
and will assist them in their work.
I will stop today's lecture here.
Om Mani Padme Hum