An Excerpt from Master Jun Hong Lu’s Public Talk in Singapore
April 22, 2016
CUT DOWN ON OUR WORLDLY DESIRES
In truth, all the happiness in this world stems from human beings’ desires. The pleasure of eating stems from our desire to consume food, the pleasure of wealth and fame stems from our greed; our quest for sexual intimacy stems from our sexual desire, the pleasure derived from sleeping and laziness also stems from a type of desire, that is the desire for enjoyment. As such, in this human realm, beware! The happiness you experience today could become the foundation for your slackness in your cultivation tomorrow!
Why the practice of extreme asceticism? It is to allow us to be enlightened, as all things in this world are impermanent. They are all worldly desires. It is through cutting down these worldly pleasures that we are able to experience the “real” happiness within. Happiness within is something you sense on a spiritual level.