Q086: I am now cultivating under Master Lu’s Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. I am performing Daily Recitation (Kung Ko), reciting Little Houses (Hsiao Fang Tzu), and have experienced many positive effects. Can I continue to learn more than one Dharma Door? Can I post Master Lu’s articles on my blog, along with articles from other Dharma Doors? Would this be an appropriate thing to do or would it be too complicated?

A086:

  • It is said that there are 84,000 Dharma Doors and we can practise any of them. Master Lu often teaches us that, when we learn Buddhism we should learn according to Dharma. You need to understand the Dharma Door, and understand which one is the most suitable for resolving your problems. This is similar to finding a suitable doctor to diagnose your condition.
  • When you establish karmic relationships with a certain Dharma Door and you propagate Dharma, you will receive numerous virtues from this Dharma Door. At the same time, it will help to eliminate and cease the negative karmas from your past wrongdoings.
  • If at the same time, you are also learning or propagating Dharma from another Dharma Door, you will in fact experience leakage in your cultivation. We can compare the accumulation of virtues to the accumulation of income. Suppose you own a store and your sales and earnings are positive (you propagate a Dharma Door and you receive virtues from this Dharma Door). While you operate this store, you open another store. It would be good if you receive income from the new store. However, if this store is not making money, then you will have to transfer your earnings from your original store to cover the lost made by your new store. The same concept applies to the accumulation of virtues.
  • If you are following or propagating Dharma from two Dharma Doors at the same time, it is very likely that you will experience leakage in your cultivation. If you are already accumulating virtues from following one Dharma Door, and you propagate Dharma from another Dharma Door which is not suitable for you, then your energy field would be affected. Your spiritual power and the methods that you follow from the Dharma Doors would also be affected.
  • Following multiple Dharma Doors is similar to learning multiple skills and you are unable to master any of them. You should therefore only focus on following one Dharma Door. If you have already found a suitable Dharma Door, then it is best not to follow another Dharma Door. People who cultivate well usually only follow one Dharma Door. For example, an athlete who is good at high jump would be better at high jump than swimming. Likewise, if an athlete is good at swimming, then this athlete would not be as good at high jump. Devoting full attention, having a specialisation, maintaining focus, or being professional – the key is to “focus”, and this principle applies to learning Buddhism as well. In order to become an all-round gold medallist, a person must devote a tremendous amount of effort, and the success rate tends to be very low.
  • If you have not yet decided which Dharma Door to follow, then it would be alright to find out more about other Dharma Doors. However, if you have already decided to follow a particular Dharma Door, then it is best not to read about or propagate information from multiple Dharma Doors. For example, if you are already studying finance at university, then it is better not to study courses from architecture, arts etc. In the end you may not be able to graduate from any course.
  • Humans have limited wisdom, especially the wisdom of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. If we learn from multiple Dharma Doors, we may easily become confused. If we do not have a clear mind or we are seriously ill, then as soon as someone tells us “this is a good doctor, that is a good doctor”, we tend to seek help from all of them. As a result, we may not receive proper treatment in time. If in the end we suffer complex conditions which none of the doctors can cure, we may even lose our lives. It is therefore extremely important to choose a Dharma Door that is suitable for you.

 

[Updated 2012.04.26]