First of all, I would like to pay my respects to you in thanks for organizing the Chan Qi retreat for us. During the one month I stayed at Lu Mountain Temple, it felt like I was living in a small version of the Mahayana Pure Land and that you were the Cardinal who with altruism saved living beings by teaching us the meditation dharma.
Lu Mountain Temple is a calm, relaxing, dignified place, and very suitable for meditation. While there, I learned a lot of meaningful things: Spiritual cultivation practice is the best daily activity; we should have no fear of suffering (that is, we should be willing to accept the suffering and have patience to bear it when most people do not); and do not be satisfied with what we have achieved. You have taught us that we should not waste our samadhi energy with false thoughts. This energy which is on a higher plane is unconditional but it is lost when we think false thoughts because they are conditional.
Currently, I do not have any difficulty in sitting while meditating. Each day, I meditate for 2 hours and my experience is exciting, pleasant:
– In the morning (1 hour): sitting in full lotus, reciting Shurangama Sutra and the Buddha’s name.
– In the evening (1 hour): sitting in full lotus, reciting the Buddha name, the Great Compassion Sutra, and the Ten Small Sutras.
While sitting, I am thoughtful: I inhale and exhale from the navel. I feel so comfortable and pleasant.
Now, I sincerely request that you teach me more. At this point, what and how should I practice? Many thanks to you, Master.
Toward the last week, your blessings were falling short.
It is hard to continue making progress when blessings are inadequate.
Therefore you should actively create more blessings. Create great merit and virtue and you will get great benefits.