(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
HOW SHOULD WE INTERPRET THE IDEA THAT SPIRITUAL CULTIVATION REQUIRES US TO FORM POSITIVE TIES EXTENSIVELY
In volume one, chapter 32 of Buddhism in Plain Terms, Master mentioned that spiritual cultivation is not simply about cultivating itself, but would also require us to forge positive affinities with others extensively. Lacking in such affinities would impede our progression in spiritual cultivation. Could Master explain the above sentences to us?
Master Jun Hong Lu:
Do you think that spiritual cultivation is solely about self-cultivation? Don’t you think that your practice ought to include helping others too? Without forming affinities with sentient beings, how will you be able to acquire positive affinities? How will you be able to receive help from others? How will you be able to meet benefactors?
You will only meet benefactors if you gain the love of others through helping sentient beings. That is when others will wish to treat you well, help you and repay you for your kindness. These are the manifestations of your positive affinities.