In our life, the number one major event is to be able to take refuge with the triple jewel. One must regard this event of taking refuge with the triple jewel to be utmost important and do not treat it casually. First of all, one must choose a truly good knowing advisor to take refuge with. If there are matters that one do not understand, one can obtain proper guidance, proper views that will lead one to Buddhahood. Do not go to the externalist and listen to deviant teacher’s teachings.
Commentary on the Four Clear and Unalterable Instructions on Purity in the Shurangama Sutra:
There are four clear and unalterable instructions on purity mentioned in the Shurangama Sutra: One must cut off lust, one must cut off killing, one must cut off stealing and one must cut off false speech. They are all inter-related. If you have broken the lust precept, then it is easy to break the killing precept, as well as the stealing and false speech precepts. So, if one breaks the lust precept, it also includes breaking the killing, stealing and false speech precepts. Therefore, distinctively speaking they are four, but collectively speaking they are just one body.
The Three Great Principles adopted by the monastic and serious cultivators of the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA) :
Freezing, we do not scheme.
Starving, we do not beg.
Dying of poverty, we ask for nothing.
According with conditions, we do not change.
Not changing, we according with conditions.
We adhere firmly to our three great principles.
We renounce our lives to do the Buddha’s work.
We take the responsibility to mold our own destinies.
We rectify our lives to fulfill the Sanghan’s role.
Encountering specific matters, we understand the principles.
Understanding the principles, we apply them in specific matters.
We carry on the single pulse of the Patriarch’s mind-transmission.
The Six Guidelines:
No fighting, no greed, no seeking, no selfishness, no pursuing personal advantage, and no lying.