practice is not folding your legs to meditate. Spiritual practice
begins the moment you have the thought of wanting to contemplate
on the ephemerality of life, and to purify yourself into a perfect
Attitude Toward Spiritual Practice
by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 4, 1993
Q: Do You love Your students equally, regardless of their
levels of attainment, or do You take care of Your students even
if they do not practice well?
means you want to come (for initiation) and you're already prepared
not to practice well. You want to get assurance from me, right?
You should not come with this attitude. You should come with a very
determined mind to do your best, not always expecting something,
but to offer, because this business is for your own sake.
Of course, I
love my disciples equally, if that's what you want to know. But
that's my business. Your business is to do your best in order to
get the best out of yourself, not for my love. Even if I love you,
and you are lousy and your level is low, what's the good of that
for you? What you get is important for you whether I love you or
by the Supreme Master Ching Hai
Lecture at Harvard University, U.S.A., February 24, 1991
To take time for yourself to be self-fulfilling, is this truly selfish?
not selfish. For example, if you take time to eat because after
a whole day's work for society you're tired and hungry, and need
to regain some energy, it's not selfish. If for this body alone,
so ephemeral and short-lived, we have to work so hard and invent
so many things and cook so many meals to feed it, how much more
must we take time to feed our spiritual body? It's not selfish;
it's the right thing to do. It's because we are not used to it,
we are used to doing things the hard way, the wrong way, and now
we get the correct way and we think it's selfish. It's not true.
in the world never eats, but you feel hungry and eat, they will
think you're selfish. [Laughter] But we should eat, inside and outside.
It is because we don't eat this kind of spiritual food that we are
hungry, we suffer, and we are ignorant. We don't know what to do
next, we struggle so much, and we're always lost in this life. It's
not selfish; it's absolutely unselfish.
in Spiritual Practice
by Supreme Master Ching Hai
Hawaii, September 4, 1994
Master, do You think that there will ever be a day when we can all
just go back Home and not have to deal with these earthly issues
and matters anymore?
we'll go Home.
mean all of us!
of us! No one will be left behind. There's no second coming for
you, [Laughter] unless you want it so badly because a beautiful
woman is left behind or something like that. Because this time is
a very bad period for our world, the Master Power decided that we
have suffered enough. So, if we just make a little effort and have
just a little sincerity, the Master will embrace us and disregard
everything. [Master sighs] To be honest, you can't meditate in this
world. You really can't. So, whatever time we can meditate or whatever
the outcome, truly comes from the grace of the Master. I mean the
Master Power; I don't mean this person.
During the night,
the Master will take us to different levels where it's safer and
better. In the day, we are too busy. Our mind is running against
the spiritual Power, so we have to do it quickly this time. If you
keep the Precepts, meditate, and go to group meditation, you'll
see yourself improve so fast that you cannot imagine. When you look
back at yourself, it's like someone else behind there, really! And
they'll tell you that - the people who have experienced it. I don't
say this because I know it from books, but it's from my own experience
and the living examples of your brothers and sisters.
It's nice to
see your family members (fellow initiates) once a week, no? It's
good, but not many people can keep up although it is very beneficial
for them. And if you cannot go to group meditation, if you don't
want to, or for any reason, please meditate at home. There's no
"must" for anything; it's just that it's beneficial for
you. Whatever I tell you is only what is good for you. There are
no forbidden items! If you keep it, it's good for you; and if you
don't keep it, well, you'll experience some setbacks or some obstructions
and then you'll know why.