Master Jun Hong Lu’s Discourse (136)

June 5, 2017

 

WHAT IS THE MEANING OF “BACKSLIDE FROM CULTIVATION?”

Q:

A Buddhist friend asked me what is the meaning of “backsliding from cultivation”?  Am I right to say that: the determining factor is your heart.  If you have determined faith and vow towards Bodhisattvas, it is not considered as backslide even if you choose to pursue your cultivation with other Dharma Door.  Conversely, if you appear to be practising with our Dharma Door, but your Faith and Vow towards Bodhisattvas have declined or when you stop practising Dharma, you are considered to have backslid from cultivation.  Am I right to explain in this way?

A:

The way you explained is very wise.  Regardless of which Dharma Door it is, as long as you practise diligently, it is considered as great devotion.   Selection of Dharma Door is like choosing a doctor for treatment.  All doctors are good, do not defame the previous doctor just because you have chosen another one, as that is unethical.