The Scientific Approach To Buddhist Study ¡V The Human Life Science VIII
Death Experience in Meditation Transcends Life Toward Perfection
Lecturer/Sun-Don Lee (Leader of the
"The cloned man is widely speculated to soon
become a reality. Aside from the ethical problems, what can we expect
from a man cloned from me? Will this little child be as naughty as I
was, always pulling at braids? Or will the environment be one of the
factors that affect his growth? Will the mathematics that was so hard
for me be easy for him? If I teach him myself, will he or will he not
learn faster? These are quite interesting scenarios.
Given the identical genes, the similar appearance,
and the same pattern on certain behaviors, are we simply twins, only
decades apart? Or do we become almost the same person, that is, do we
have the same soul under controlled cultivation and education. Telepathy
is common between identical twins though the connection there is hardly
known to the parents that brought them up. However, when educating one¡¦s
own clone, we might be able to have a better understanding of that
Can we really have identical souls? What is the soul after all? This has been a troubling issue for thousands of years.
"After death all things are in vain.
Sorrow is not to see all people united.
The day emperor¡¦s troops triumph in the Central Plains,
In my family¡¦s funeral service make sure my late father be advised."
The concern in Fang-Weng Lu¡¦s mind over the fate of his country and his people is understandable by everybody. However, his words about the emptiness of all things and the expected communication in his family¡¦s funeral service told us his innocence and anticipation about the state of being after death.
¡@The Unsolved Mystery To Scientists Soul In Relation To Life And Death ¡@
Even today, there is still no agreement of opinion on
the existence of the soul as well as the relation between death and
soul. Some people have done researches on the weight of the soul,
assuming that there is soul indeed. What they did was put dying people
on the scale to measure the change of their weight but no significant
results have ever been found. In addition, some reports focus on the
process of dying and the separation of the soul as told by people with
near-death experience. However, those descriptions cannot be applied
generally to most of the people with the same experiences and therefore
are not leading to any accepted opinions. As for healthy people and
practitioners there has been talks about out-of-body experiences. Yet,
to strict critics all of this is still in controversy.
As technology advances, can we have more in-depth
discussions on these questions? In the September issue of
"Nature" ¡V one of the two leading science magazines, there
is a brief report (Nature, 419, 269-270, 2002) of the MRI findings on
the electric current stimulated angular gyrus, claiming that they have
detected the condition in the brain that is related to the out-of-body
experience. This article signifies a major breakthrough into the
mainstream community of scientists. Although many points remain unclear,
this is absolutely a good start in terms of human life science.
In view of this, this article especially collects Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s profound instructions to students on "mind", "life and death", "sense", "soul", "spiritual body" between the years of 1997 and 1999. These instructions actually also indicate an accurate direction for the future studies on the human life.
I. Death Can Transcend The State Of Being
¡§Death¡¨ Is A Great Achievement In Nature
Student: Three years ago, my mom was very ill in
Hong Kong. We rushed back. She said she was about to leave for a very
far, very peaceful place to see her parents who were waiting for her.
We told her that one of her daughters had not arrived yet and that she
might want to wait for her. She considered for a while and said yes.
So she closed her eyes and waited. The next day my second sister
arrived and my mom had changed. She got well day after day and finally
recovered! Is the place she wanted to go the pure land? What was it
that made her refuse to go but stay?
Master: All of man¡¦s studies on the brain will
not add up to 5%, which includes studies on the human brain, the
interactive relation of the brain and the mental state and how human
beings control the brain. How does a human being control his own brain
upon nearing death? How can some people come back to life for several
days after actual death with the ability to predict their own future?
Upon death, how does a person control his own course to head for life
or for death?
It is a very complicated thing that involves your physical and your mental state. On the condition of being able to make appropriate use of death, a person can get rid of all illnesses and come back to life again. Thus, death is not fearful but a great achievement in nature. The thing is whether or not you are able to control and make use of it! This fact has been mentioned briefly in "The Great Fortune of Life and Death".
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s 7/7/98 class instructions at the Los Angeles branch in the U.S.)¡@
Enlightenment and Buddha-hood ¡V The Process of Understanding Life and Death
The process of a Buddha¡¦s attainment of
enlightenment is to realize the sufferings, the aggregate of
sufferings, the extinction of sufferings and the proper way to
liberation through the cycle of birth, aging, illness and death. What
is in the process is actually the issue of life and death. The issue
of human life and death is about the cause and effect and the
reincarnation. Once a person has the achievement in his cultivation
and has entered the Dharma nature, what is the thing he is most
interested in? The first thing he would want to know is what Sakyamuni
Buddha was thinking about upon attaining Buddhahood. You don¡¦t have
this kind of idea because you have not reached that level yet.
Once I entered the Dharma nature, all doctrines are
perfectly harmonized and time and space are united. The first thing I
did was enter the deep meditation to unite myself with Sakyamuni
Buddha to see what he was thinking of during the entire process. What
was he thinking about under the Bodhi tree? What was his process of
becoming enlightened? This is because we may learn a lot of things
from these. Besides, what were your master¡¦s experiences? How was
your master taught by his master? What had he gone through? These are
the most interesting questions.
What your mother experienced at that moment was the
favorable fortune enjoyed by devas. So, she must have lived very
healthily, happily and free from worries since then till the present
because she had experienced the heaven, the deva kingdom, what is
usually called the fortune of the immortals. Those were the spiritual
experiences but she has not actually been there yet and that place was
not the pure land either.
Did she really meet her parents? No! Her parents had already reincarnated into other lives so how could she meet them? Why did she have such an experience? Why did she have such a clear conversation? This would involve the mental state and the consciousness, and the brain activities as well. This is a huge subject and would easily take a book to discuss.
Death Experience In Meditation ¡@
Student: Would the master please instruct us on the
death experience in meditation?
Master: The first time I died, I felt somehow
strange, not knowing what it was about, and then I felt rather
awesome! At that moment, my body felt a fit of pain. The heart
suddenly ached badly. The pain was really awful! Shuuuu! I died! That
was the way I died the first time. I somehow felt it was O.K. After I
died, I felt pretty unbound when going through the time tunnel! As I
had already entered the Dharma nature at that time, I could see many
things in the past, present and future when penetrating the time
After that, how many times did I die? At a time I died remarkably in my meditation at the headquarters in Taipei. I was meditating facing the Primary Patriarch. That was a time before the second Patriarch attained his earthly completion. I was meditating¡K, and I died again that day! That was very funny, very very funny! At the moment of death, I suddenly realized that someone was looking at me from my very own front. The problem was that my eyes were shut and I knew that I was also looking at him.
A Big Secret Of The Universe: The Relation Between
The Physical Body And The Spiritual Body
There is a key concept here: what is the relation
between you and your spiritual body? Your physical body has practiced
to attain the spiritual body. Is it you who controls this spiritual
body? Or, does this attained spiritual body control you? This is a big
problem! The thing you attain in your cultivation process is out of
your control and turns around to control you. It¡¦s a very strange
thing, isn¡¦t it? If you can control the thing you attain in you
practice, then that means the physical body can control the spiritual
body and that is a very strange thing, too!
This is a big contradiction! However, before this
contradiction another problem comes first, that is: "When you and
your spiritual body were face to face, how did you feel? What was it
like? Between you and him, what were you thinking in your heads?"
This is one of the hundreds of questions asked to verify if someone
has really attained the spiritual body. I reported the entire process
to the second patriarch and what I reported was very accurate.
The strange situation of the spiritual body coming
out is as follows. You did not even open your eyes, but what you can
see is exactly the same as what you could have seen when your eyes are
closed. You are looking at him and he is looking at you. It is as if
you had turned around to sit in front of yourself. You do not feel
surprised because your mind is very peaceful. It is because your mind
is so peaceful that your spiritual body can come out. You feel very
natural. At this moment you will feel very funny because your eyes are
not only able to see the front but the back as well. You see things in
360 degrees! When you are looking at him, the person in focus is also
looking at you. That is to say, I am looking at you and your
background and at the same time an overlapping vision is that you are
looking at me and the background behind me. When you have a thought in
your head, the other person will have already known what you are
thinking and is responding to your thought. When he is responding, you
would have already known and be responding at the same time.
Two people would have gone through infinite communication in just the time of a sentence. Therefore, there will be only the first thought because the other person would have already known and answered the rest. And you would have already answered him to the answer he gave you. It takes only the time of a sentence after all, which happens almost just in a thought! In a very brief space of time, the conversation is infinite! As for other details, you will know when you reach that state!
Death Experience Rapidly Activates The Brain Cells ¡@
Student: From the medical point of view, how do we
define the physical state of the death you just mentioned?
Master: As simply and as far as I know, the heart
Student: How about the breathing at that moment? And
the brain waves?
Master: The breathing also stopped! There were no
brain waves! No brain activities! I think that the deep meditation
experienced by those devout monks since the old time is a process of
rapidly activating the brain cells, which are undeveloped aside from
that 5% developed brain cells. Instead of dying, the brain becomes
even more active in the several days of meditation
I mentioned in the mental doctrine class in Taipei that the phenomena of supernatural powers result from the activation of the brain ¡V our mind has eight senses: eye, ear, nose, tongue, and body are the first five senses. The sixth sense has three areas: one is the thinking, considering, judging at the present time. The other is what the western medical science called the subconscious, or the inspiration. The last area is where the inspiration gets intense or what is usually called supernatural powers. Our inspirations usually just happen in a flash. When the inspiration becomes more frequent and accurate with each time, it is called supernatural power. Then, it is the seventh sense called Mona, which we called the supernatural power sense, referring to the power at the stage of preliminary spiritual body. The last sense is the eighth sense called Alaya, where all the good and evil seeds or thoughts are stored.
To Create A New Subconscious: The Ten Unlimited Minds ¡@
When a thought comes out of the eighth sense at the
deepest level and entered the seventh sense, the energy of the
supernatural power of the seventh sense sets off the thinking process
of the sixth sense to result in the actions of the first five senses.
Where is the last defense line of doing good or evil? It is in the process from thinking to the subconscious in the sixth sense. This is where a practitioner creates a new subconscious, that is, the ten unlimited minds, so that the reaction from the sixth sense based on the energy of the seventh sense initiated by the eighth sense would be changed into the discipline, concentration, and wisdom rendered from the new subconscious, instead of the greed, anger and ignorance of the ordinary person. Why in our cultivation do we need to build up the religious sentiment and keep doing the basic practice? That is because we want to continue to create the new subconscious so that everything we do would be in accord with the Buddhist doctrine.
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s 4/22/99 class instructions at the Los Angeles branch in the U.S.)
II. Mind And Sense Determine Whether The Physical Condition Will Be Limited
Student: What is the relation of the Buddha nature
and the state beyond the fifth, sixth, seventh, and the eighth sense?
What is its corresponding position in the body?
Master: The first five senses are eye, ear, nose, tongue, body and that is easy!
The Sixth sense is divided into three stages:
The first stage is the sense of the present.
The middle stage is the sense of the past.
The last stage is the supernatural powers and spirit energy.
The Seventh sense is the energy of the supernatural powers!
The Eighth sense is where all the good and evil seeds, and all possibilities are stored! ¡@
The good seeds and evil seeds of the eighth sense
trigger the energy of the seventh sense, which causes the thoughts
of the sixth sense to direct the first five senses. This is
generally the structure.
The three stages of the sixth sense: one is the
judgment of the present, one is the memory of the past, and the last
is the energy and supernatural powers (which include the future).
The seventh sense is the supernatural power sense, being purely an
energy sense. The eighth sense is where all the good and evil seeds
are stored. When any of the good seeds in the eighth sense is
initiated, it will trigger the energy of the seventh sense and this
triggered energy will penetrate to the sixth sense. The sixth sense
will gather together all the things you have gone through and all
your habits in the past to make the judgment in the present, based
on which the first five senses will be directed to perform various
The area that connects the past lives and the present life is all your experiences in this lifetime! For example, you see someone today and you just want to beat him up without know the reason why. Once this evil thought arises, it is because such energy actually comes out of something in your past lives which might be that he had once owed you something!
Beyond The Eight Senses Is A State Above The Three Realms ¡@
However, in this lifetime, you learn the mind of
compassion, patience, etc., in your experiences, knowledge, and
learning. Your judgments and deeds in the present life might
eventually be changed! This is your last line of defense. That is why
we have been teaching you the ten unlimited minds. It is for the
purpose of allowing your good energy to be initiated at the area and
to not initiate your evil energy. This is the last line of defense
that helps you to do no malevolence but only good deeds.
We can go beyond the sixth sense with doctrines and
thinking! In the sixth sense, the Buddhist doctrine and Buddhist
thinking are ways to change the self!
We go beyond the seventh sense with doctrines.
Having reached above the intermediate level of preliminary spiritual
body or even entering Dharma nature, how do we go further beyond the
senses? With doctrines! How? Since all your behavior accord with the
Buddhist doctrines, the energy of your seventh sense will accord with
the doctrines. Then its energy will be inspired continuously till you
go beyond the function of the eighth sense. Buddhism states the great
perfect mirror-like wisdom, which means the Buddha nature, or the
spiritual body. Once you exceed the functions of your eight senses,
all phenomena within the three realms would be able to confine you and
that is why whatever you do will be right!
Student: Does our mind fall at the area of the
current lifetime experiences?
Master: The ignorance that holds back all beings within the three realms actually happens in the eighth sense. The ignorance, karmic force in the eighth sense will continue to exert its effect. And this effect arises in just a very brief space of time, not even one ten-billionth! So, why did we ask you to keep reciting the Nine Word Zen till it becomes your reflex? That is for you to be able to respond with your reflex as soon as the eighth sense begins to act. Then the last line of defense will be strong enough to defend.
Our Mind Equals The Entire Universe ¡@
Student: So, there are certain parts that the mind
knows, but are there certain parts that it itself doesn¡¦t know?
Master: In fact, it is 99% that the mind does not
know! For example, you are unaware of how your blood flows. You are
unaware of how your hairs grow in every second. You are unaware of how
your liver detoxicates, how the kidney is functioning, how the
pancreas or the gall is functioning. In fact, we are unaware of 99% or
more. All that we know is limited to what we come into contact with.
And if you think about it, our mind and our Buddha nature should know
all the things in the universe! The mind, which is capable of knowing
even the enormous revolution of the universe, would not allow you to
even see through the wall, right?
Student: Once a practitioner cultivates his Buddha
nature up to the level of entering the Dharma nature, or attaining the
spiritual body, is it that all his eight senses do not exist any more?
Master: It is the easiest to change the first five senses because the first five senses of each different form of life on each different star is not quite the same. For example, a snake¡¦s eyes are not capable of seeing! It has almost no eyes at all! The dragonfly has the compound eye. It has actually a thousand eyes in one eye. It has heavy astigmatism. When it sees a person, it sees a thousand persons. But because of this, it is very acute in vision. Its eyes catch the speed of the vibrations of mosquito¡¦s wings. It sees the flying as slow motion. If it doesn¡¦t eat the fly, wouldn¡¦t it feel sorry for itself? Therefore, the dragonfly always picks the fly!
Between ¡§Put Aside¡¨ or ¡§Put Inside¡¨
Student: As said in Buddhism, to put aside the
adherence to the self or the thinking, one will be able to discover in
meditation the real self and to see the Buddha nature. How do we
describe the process of "put aside" in relation to the
interactive functioning of the senses? Do we put aside the first five
Master: Here is a basic question: what is it there
you cannot put aside? Why do you have to put something aside
intentionally? You cannot put aside something because it is something
you do not understand. When it is understood, there is nothing there
for you to put aside! Why do you need to put aside?
Since all worries are Bodhi, why do we still need to put aside? To me, Sakyamuni Buddha has never said "put aside" these two words. Neither has the supreme Hua-Yen, right? What we called the Buddhist doctrines take all doctrines equal whether the doctrine is in the good or evil form. Worries are Bodhi. If so, then what is the thing that is there for you to put aside? Since there is nothing to put aside, then that is the Buddhist doctrine, that accords with the Buddhist doctrine!
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s instructions in the mental doctrine class in Taipei on 3/18/99)
The Uncertainty Principle Applies Only To The
Physical State. Above The Third Level of Bodhisattvahood, This Principle
Can Be Completely Accurate ¡@
Master: The basic principle in "Quantum
Mechanics" is The Uncertainty Principle! As all the electrons are
constantly moving, in motion, or in vibration, you can¡¦t really know
what time it is at, or which space it is in. It cannot be measured
In the mental aspect, the theory in our Human Life Science would be this:
"The more precisely you know about an
"event", the more likely there are errors on
"time". The more precise you know about "time",
the more likely there are errors on "the situation of
event". That means there are no absolute preciseness on the event
and its forms happening in space and time!"
In fact, this is still a phenomenon of the
convergence of energies of time and space within the three realms.
Once we testify above the three level of Bodhisattvahood, there will
be no Uncertainty Principle because that theory only applies to our
physical state. Also, it is purely the energy state above the third
level, being able to understand the development and the effect of all
the forms. Therefore, in the state above the third level, we can
perfectly understand all the things in the past, present, and future
with no error.
What is called "quantum mechanics" is about measuring the direction, the force, the time and space of the revolution of electrons, atoms, protons, neutrons, neutrinos. Quantum is a verb!
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s instructions in the 2nd term mental doctrine class in Taipei on 10/30/97)
Buddhist Doctrines Can Perfectly Activate The
Mental Wisdom. ¡@
Student: What is called the spiritual practice is
to go deeper into the internal Dharma realm and this internal Dharma
Master: What is called the internal Dharma realm
means the mental wisdom. What our body perceives is the
"senses". There is a big difference between these two. The
mental wisdom is the revolution of the ten great characters of the
Buddha nature and would not be confined by any time or space. It is
not the thinking, the imagination, the observation, or perception.
When our physical body goes into extinction, the internal causation
matures to elevate to another realm, whichever realm that is, for a
better and more complete cultivation and understanding. Whether it is
the realm of Buddha or the realm of plant or mineral, there is no
difference to you. You accept any of the realms with the same
joyfulness. This is the understanding of the internal Dharma realms.
Our Buddha nature exists as it always is. Its mental wisdom is, however, utilized only to a very small extent, for our eye, ear, nose, tongue, and body to have various perceptions. Then, can this mental wisdom be inspired through various ways, which we called Buddhist doctrine. Buddha is enlightenment on the various inconceivable effects of one¡¦s own Buddha nature.
The Activation Of Energy: From The Preliminary
Spiritual Body To The Spiritual Body
All these ways that have been lost in all the
schools can be found in Forshang Buddhism. To physically and mentally
inspire the Buddha nature is to seek the inner evidence. You do not
need to use a bunch of Buddhist terms. You recognize first that there
is an eternal and infinite energy inside us, which can be inspired
with various ways.
The more you can feel and understand the revolution
of this energy, the more you can break through the limitation of time
to know the past, present and future. That is called the supernatural
powers in Buddhism and the "preliminary spiritual body" in
When you enter the upper level of this energy, you
observe through the real contact that this internal energy is united
with the entire universe. This is why the internal Dharma realms is
also the external Dharma realms. You will discover that the energies
of all lives are interchangeable, united, being able to be divided or
united infinitely. This state is called the "mental
Then, you discovered that you want to go deeper to
understand this energy, the only thing you need to do is the virtue.
This state is called "the highest level of preliminary spiritual
One day when you begin to have an outline of the
revolution, structure, change of this energy, and to have a clear
understanding of its possible revolution, this state is called the
perfect harmony of all doctrines, or "entering the Dharma
When you begin to be able to utilize this energy,
to apply this internal energy to the external to make some changes, to
control a lot of phenomena and events, this state is called "the
One day when you are able to manifest your internal energy to the external for others to see, this state is called the third stage of mental cultivation ¡V "Manifestation". One day when you can utilize this energy to change the structure of all electrons, this state is called the mass-energy conversion ¡V the fourth stage of mental cultivation "Transformation."
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s instruction in the 1st term mental doctrine class in Taipei on 7/23/98)
III. The Impact On Body And Mind ¡@
Student: Forshang Buddhism states that mind affects
the body. From the western medical point of view on illnesses of
internal organs, how does this mental energy transform into the
physical energy that develops into illnesses?
Master: This is the way. Below Dan-Tien is the area
of greed; from throat to Dan-Tien is the area of anger; the head is
the area of ignorance. These are the three major areas of illnesses
that correspond to greed, anger and ignorance in our body.
When we are in greed, it is easy to cause some
problems in the area below Dan-Tien, which involves excretory organs,
reproductive organs, and the organs with absorptive functions. In the
mental state, the mind of abandonment is related to the thing called
When we are in anger, metabolic area in our liver
takes tremendous stress. In our mental state, the mind of joyfulness,
and the mind of repayment of kindness are related to the thing called
When we are in ignorance, we feel discomfort in our head. The mind of compassion and the mind of equality are related to ignorance.
The Illness That Affects The Whole Body Comes From The Deepest Fear Rooted In The Subconscious
The problem that affects the whole body is mostly derived from the spine, and related to the mind of fearlessness. The spine includes the spinal column bones, the marrow in the spine, and the nervous system derived from the spine. A person gets the blood problems or problems related to the immune system are mostly because of the fear rooted deeply in the subconscious. The fear is derived mainly because one is afraid of losing things in his possession. In fact, a statement in the Bible says it very well: Bless are the givers, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!¡@
Student: Then how about the five primary elements in
Master: The five primary elements theory of the
Chinese medicine matches the five organs ¡V heart, liver, spleen,
lung, and kidney, with metal, wood, water, fire and earth. The
purpose of the five primary elements theory states that the
integration of heaven and earthlings, and mental, wood, water, fire,
and earth are things that are most common to see in Nature.
Therefore, Chinese medicine, aside from the medical theories, also
includes the mental state to the Nature, combining the phenomena of
the Nature and that of the human body. It may not necessarily take a
very precise medical standing; instead, a part of it belongs to the
field of philosophy, and psychology.
Student: Does Chinese medicine say anything about the
Master: In the five elements theory, metal refers to the heart. In the Chinese medicine, the heart includes the brain. The heart also includes our neck. Chinese people think that the brain, the heart and the fingers are united. In fact, the anatomy of the western medicine thinks so, too. The nervous system of our middle finger and that of the heart are connected. As for the fire, it is red and refers to the liver; as for the water, it is white and refers to the kidney.
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s 4/15/99 class instructions at the Los Angeles branch in the U.S.)
Every Cell Has Its Own Mind And Own Thoughts
Student: Does every organ and every cell have its own
mind? Is that a concept of "self"?
Master: In Buddhism, the real concept of self
means fundamentally "beyond the self". I am not talking
about "Zen". I am talking about the "medical
science". Because this "self" changes in every
instant. The cells go through the cycle of life and death endlessly;
therefore, there is no unchanging "self".
Every cell has its own thoughts, its own mind,
its own Buddha nature, its own cycle of life and death, and its own
reincarnation. What is called the "self" means the
numerous cells, of which the cycle of life and death happens to take
place in you, just like the many, many people and numerous other
beings living on this Earth.
Therefore, this "self" of us is only the aggregate of many causations. These causations are simply an energy revolving in the universe from the past, to the present and then to the future. You only represent a form resulting from the aggregate of all the energies. In this process, a million cells may be born or a million cells may be dead. You yourself are just like a star on which many lives come to be while many die as well. Each life has its own frame of mind, thoughts and experiences.
"Self" Is The Collective Being Of Infinite
Since the childhood we have been educated not in a
completely correct way in that we put an equal sign between
"Self" and "one¡¦s own name." The education of
mankind in the past thousand years or two has never taught us
"who am I?", but only what your name is. When our names are
taken away, in physiology "self" means the aggregate of
many, many cells, each having its own thoughts, own mind, or own life.
What is called "self" is a collective being of infinite
cells, just as we can see that there are many lives on the Earth
planet when we go outside the Earth. In that way, we will obtain the
Why are we affected by the surroundings? Why do we feel frustrated? That is because we lack confidence. Why don¡¦t we have the confidence? That is because you do not think that you have the responsibility. Once you realize that you are the collective being of numerous cells, you will begin to feel responsible. You will bear the pressure in order to complete the responsibility and you will gradually build up the confidence in your self.
Any Thought Or Action Of The ¡§Self¡¨ Would
Affect The Cycle Of Life And Death In Our Body
Does your breathing, movement, action, or thought
affect where your cells will be reincarnated? Its cycle of life and
death, or the phenomenon of reincarnation is affected. With your mind
being accordant with Buddha¡¦s mind or the ten unlimited minds, the
life and death of each cell of your body will head for the pure land.
With your mind being full of greed, anger and ignorance, each cell of
your body moves toward the hell. The heavier your greed, anger and
ignorance get, the more frightened the cells of your entire body
become. They want to protect themselves, and the mutation is then
resulted. Some do not like to operate under the control of your body.
These are the cancerous cells.
There are no germs in cancerous cells. They are the cells that stand against you. Our normal cells need oxygen; the cancerous cells need no oxygen on purpose. The normal cells split six to eight times before it dies. The cancerous cells would die after even infinite splitting. I call it "the internal revolt". Why do they revolt? That is because you revolt in the first place!¡@
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s 4/15/99 class instructions at Los Angeles branch in the U.S.)
IV. Excel Above The Senses; Be The Master Of The Mind
Student: Our brain, organs, or cells all have their
own minds. Then, who am I after all? Are we the aggregate of all these
Master: If you can apply the ten unlimited minds, you are the master of the mind. If you have not reached that state of being, you are still controlled by your senses and your surroundings. Therefore, what are the ten unlimited minds? They are the keys to open up the limitations in our surroundings, being the way to be the self in the constant bliss and purity and to be the real, original self. It is simply too empty to talk about the "mind"! Therefore, Forshang Buddhism brings up the ten unlimited minds to tell you what your mind is and how to be the master of your mind.
The Biggest Fallacy Of ¡§All Doctrines Are
Derived From The Mind¡¨: The Mind Is Defined As The Eight Senses
Student: Traditional Buddhism states that the
universe disappears after death. However, the universe did not
disappear after all! The Forshang doctrine states that the Buddha
nature creates the universe. The Buddha nature is the mind, from which
all beings are derived. All beings have the mind. If I am one of the
minds, what will happen to other minds after I die?
Master: What you just mentioned is the statement of
the Dharmalaksana School of Buddhism. The entire universe is the
creation of my mind; therefore, after I die, theoretically the
universe should disappear. However, the universe did not disappear.
Without you, the earth sill rolls on. Why? It is because there is a
problem to the definition of the "mind". It is a mistake to
define the mind as senses. In the real essence of the universe, the
mind should be defined as the "Buddha nature", not the
What is the Buddha nature? The Buddha nature is the
state beyond the eight senses. In Buddhism, the Buddha nature is also
termed as "The Great Perfect Mirror-like Wisdom", that is a
wisdom instead of a sense. Turning the sense into wisdom is to change
the eight senses into wisdom. The sense of eye is turned into the deva
eye; the sense of ear into deva ear; the body into incarnation. Forms
are turned into senses and senses into wisdom and then that is the
Buddha nature. "The Great Perfect Mirror-like Wisdom" means
infinity and perfection, that includes the entire universe without any
oppositions. "Mirror" means that all the forms are
manifested inside one¡¦s self. The wisdom that includes all of these
is called the Great Perfect Mirror-like Wisdom.
Therefore, the biggest fallacy of "all doctrines are derived from the mind" is that this mind is defined as the eight senses. It is because the then-current causation was the "Sunya" School of the great vehicle. When it came to the stage of the "Realistic" School of the great vehicle, the definition of the mind had been changed to the Buddha nature and that was correct! Even if I am dead, the Buddha nature is neither alive nor dead; it will neither increase nor decrease. Since it is permanent, the entire universe exists always.
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s 10/1/98 class instructions at the Los Angeles branch in the U.S.)
The Eight Senses Are The Eight States of Energy
Student: As someone dies, where are his eight senses?
Master: His eight senses will gather all the things
he did in this as well as the past lifetimes to become an energy. Many
things that were done in the past would affect your present life
because those things create the energy. What was done is the cause;
what will be is the future; what is in the middle is the present
cause. The past cause is done; the future effect has not yet come.
What is in our actual control is the present cause, which is our
If our thoughts accord with glory, perfection and
goodness, we create a great amount of good energy, transform the bad
energy, and control the effect and our next life, or even transcend
the ordinary state into the holy state. If it is someone who has never
done any spiritual practice, once he dies, the energy created by all
the things he has done in this life mingles with that of his past
lives to further influence his next life.
Therefore, these eight senses are energies. The
seventh sense, which is called the supernatural power sense, or the
sense of the past, accumulates all the energies from the past that
turn into the supernatural powers when inspired. The eighth sense is
called the sense of good and evil. All the good or evil thoughts are
merged in here. Therefore, what is called the "sense" is the
energy, except that this energy records, being the great
"practice" turning into the great "energy", the
The mind is divided into eight senses. With the
modern term, that means our internal energy or the mental energy is
divided into eight perceptive states. Seeing with the eyes is an
energy; hearing with the ears is an energy; smelling with the nose is
an energy. The energies of the first five senses are possessed by most
of ordinary people. As for the sixth sense, it is an energy of
thinking. As for the seventh sense, it is an energy that can go beyond
How much energy have we accumulated after all? Upon
death, these energies will merge together to become what is called the
soul or intermediate existence after death. The soul is the aggregate
of energies. Therefore, the statement that the mind is divided into
eight senses means that the revolution of the internal energy is
divided into eight states.
Student: If someone has no memories, or is
afflicted with complete amnesia, then, who is he?
Master: Complete amnesia is only the lack of the sixth energy, and that does not mean that you do not exist!¡@
(Master Sun-Don Lee¡¦s 10/1/98 class instructions at the Los Angeles branch in the U.S.)