Treat both the symptoms and root causes, for in this way one manifests the wisdom to perfect the cultivation of inner virtue and the performance of meritorious deeds.
Rules and guidelines must be kept to maintain order, so that one may always act in accordance with the Great Tao.
Once one’s noble character has gained recognition from others, they will feel a heartfelt admiration and give you their respect.
A virtuous person approaches other with humility. With a pure heart, one does not feel insulted even when misunderstood.
Heaven will help those having lofty aspirations, and Buddhas will rush to help those having kind wishes.
Shoulder the sacred mission of inheriting the Golden Line to continue the Yi-Guan Tao lineage!
Act as the navigators, guiding worldwide sentient beings to recognize Heavenly Mater and return to Her!
Inherit and continue the magnificent virtuous mission of Lao-Zu-Shi, Shi-Zun, Shi-Mu and Lao-Qian-Ren!
Undertake the honorable Heavenly responsibility of carrying on the past and opening a way for future!
Thus, Chong-De cultivators, regardless of your status or age,
Regardless of your gender, your wealth, and your social status, you should perform your role accordingly: manifest Tao through your actions and behavior.
Each and every day use wisdom to ensure that you are being mindful of your words and deeds – are they aligned with Tao?
Be constant in using wisdom to cultivate and propagate Tao – do you have the right comprehension and the right views?
At all times, use wisdom to enlighten your mind and thoughts – is there brightness and clarity?
Moment by moment, use wisdom to observe the power of your vows – are you fulfilling them truthfully?
Those who are enlightened must be able to guide others toward enlightenment.
In the same way that a burning candle must be able to illuminate others.
Those who are self-awakened must be able to manifest Tao, by respecting the seniors and mentoring the juniors, revering the Holy Teachers and esteeming Tao.
Those who are self-realized must be bright and magnanimous in both speech and deeds, and have a compassionate and benevolent mind.
Furthermore, your parents, brothers, relatives, friends, neighbors,
Even your fellow cultivators, seniors and juniors in the temple are all touched and influenced by you.
Let the confused have their answer.
Let those who are drowning in the suffering sea be awakened and reach the shore of Tao.
Comprehend the true meaning of life through devotion to cultivating and propagating Tao.
Let those who are frustrated in their cultivation journey regroup and march forward.
Let those who have zealous aspirations strive for improvement – become righteous and help others to become righteous.
So, I ask the Chong-De cultivators:
Do you value yourself? Do you exercise strict self-discipline?
Are you doing it whole-heartedly? Are you doing and giving your best?
Every word, every sentence, is to wake up my fellow cultivators.
Every word, every sentence, is to pass on and continue the great love.
As a Chong-De cultivator, respect Heaven and Earth, and revere all Divinities with the utmost sincerity and respect.
As a Chong-De cultivator, your sincerity and trustworthiness in practicing Tao and following morality is most important.
As a Chong-De cultivator, your sincerity in safeguarding the Heavenly Decree and propagating Tao is most valuable.
As a Chong-De cultivator, your earnestness in restoring your bright true nature to renew yourself is most significant.
As a Chong-De cultivator, your heartfelt sincerity in diligently learning, aspiring to cultivate and propagate Tao is most precious.
I hope that Chong-De cultivators will use this oracle message to motivate, inspire and establish goals for yourselves.
I hope that Chong-De cultivators have sincerity and honesty for genuine cultivation and your true spiritual practice will assuredly lead to genuine enlightenment.
In this coming new year, renew your wish, practice what you have learned and aspire to become a ‘Noble Chong-De Cultivator’.
February 4, 2018
Taipei, Chong-De Temple
Training Class for Responsible Lecturers and Assistant Lecturers,
Taipei Tao Community