Once upon a time the good people tried to get away from the bad people and form their own separate societies. They are called monasteries. This worked for a while, mainly because the kings converted to Buddhism and Christianity and the monasteries provided services to the society of not-so-bad people.
The monasteries became places of learning and education. In an age when education has become corrupted with materialism, the monk-scholar monastic model of preservation of knowledge returns to the forefront of our thinking. We are hoping you will consider becoming a monk-scholar.
But then the evil Marxists decided to get rid of Christianity and Buddhism. Religion was standing in the way of their plan for total world domination. Lenin freed thieves from prison and organized them to loot the monasteries of Russia of their jewels and gold. These treasures kept the young Communist regime in Russia solvent for many years. Shortly thereafter, Stalin invaded Mongolia and eliminated Buddhism there. The Chinese Communists quietly eliminated Buddhism in China. Currently the Chinese are organizing a genocide against the Buddhists in Tibet.
Chinese Buddhism still exists on Taiwan.
The Marxists will next eliminate Christianity. They will then eliminate Islam, but that will take longer because Islam creates warriors who fight back.
Buddhism’s flaw is lack of warrior consciousness in fighting Marxism. Christianity’s flaw is also its passivism. Most Christians are not aware that the New World Order is directed by Satanists, hence they are disorganized and passive. Many Christians are actively involved in promoting the New World Order. This pope has endorsed it. This Dalai Lama has endorsed the new world religion and international organizations. You see the problem. The problem is following false leaders.
Religion must be preserved in memory when it is abolished because religion is the way people become good. The Communist takeover will feature evil leaders controlling the degraded masses. All the good people will be killed.
Every country has fallen because it allowed Communist subversion. The laws have been jiggered to allow it. The Left is well financed, well organized, deceptive, and subversive. There is no culture strong enough to prevent Marxist takeover. All cultures are fatally flawed for this specific reason, though they are all better than liberal culture.
Buddhism is valuable because the Buddhists understand the mind better than anyone. They understand it from the inside. Science can understand only from observation, hence will never understand the mind. But scientists do understand the mind well enough to develop mind control techniques.
The error of modernism is materialism. If we are to rise above the errors of materialism, we should learn about the demon world and beware of its traps.
People may imagine that Buddhists have special powers that give them special knowledge. This is true to some small extent, but their knowledge of history is limited. Generally speaking, an American fifth-grader has a better understanding of world affairs and history than Buddhist monks do. An interview with a Buddhist monk in India will reveal a relatively poor knowledge about the state of the world. You don’t learn anything about history or the New World Order by entering a monastery and studying Buddhist texts.
Buddhists are very poor at political resistance. If they resist they tend to fall into the Transcendentalism/Thoreau/Tolstoy/Gandhi/Martin Luther King nonviolent-resistance trap, that is, they embrace a modern mishmash of ideas that come from outside Buddhism and are ineffective in fighting socialism.
One irony of modern Buddhism is that Buddhism is soft on the Left, while its encounters with the Left have been entirely destructive of Buddhism. This is particularly true in America. The Left has destroyed American Buddhism by trying to join it while holding on to liberal ideas. The two worldviews are utterly incompatible, but Buddhists were not savvy about minding Buddha’s instructions that only good people should become monks. As a result, American Buddhist communities are riddled with feminists and other Marxists who have been reinterpreting Buddhism into a politically correct muddle of bad ideas and practices.
Outsiders who observe Buddhism imagine that Buddhists are bowing down to idols, but this is not the case. Buddhism worships nothing, not even the gods depicted in Buddhist art. Buddhism is entirely concerned with the dynamics of mind and consciousness. These dynamics depend on moral precepts. To enter the Buddhafield, one must be of superior morality.
Today’s text is selected for two purposes. We want to explain demon-possession, and the Buddhists are authorities on demons. And, we are in the garden of forking paths, and the ultimate forking path is the decision to become a good person.
From Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, The Shurangama Sutra: The Fifty Skandha-Demon States, Burlingame, California: Dharma Realm Buddhist University, 1996.
“There are three spiritual and seven physical souls residing in the human body. …Each of them possesses only one sense organ and lacks the other five, so they cannot function on their own. They must work cooperatively as a team. Those with ears help out those lacking ears, those with eyes help out those lacking eyes.” 55
This sutra describes ten levels of achievement the monk may attain, each of which is vulnerable to demon-possession if the monk believes it is the final state. One such example is given below.
“As the person uses his mind to investigate to the utmost point, he may see a Good and Wise Advisor whose body undergoes changes. Within a brief interval, various transformations will occur which cannot be explained. This state is called ‘having an improper mind which is possessed by a li-ghost, a mei-ghost, or a celestial demon, and without reason speaking Dharma that fathoms wondrous truths.’ It does not indicate sagehood. If he does not think he has become a sage, then the demonic formations will subside. But if he considers himself a sage, then he will be vulnerable to the demons’ influence. …This is the tenth demonic state of the form skandha, called “false visions and false words.” 75
“Is it the case that this cultivator has taken a drug?”
“No. This experience is caused by the demon king. When you take LSD, the demons are also at work, making you experience changes.” 77
“Dull and confused living beings do not evaluate themselves. Encountering such situations, such demonic states, in their muddled confusion they fail to recognize them and say that they have become sages.” 79
“Ghosts are involved in most suicide cases. The ghost bows to the person and then recites a mantra, but the person does not hear the ghost reciting. The meaning of the mantra is, ‘You’d be better off dead! You’d be better off dead! Hurry up and die. The sooner you die the better.’ Even though the person contemplating suicide cannot hear it with his ears, subconsciously it penetrates his mind. Since ghosts have the spiritual power of knowing others’ thoughts, they can use their demonic energy to get into your mind and persuade you you want to die.” 106
… “This is called “cultivating, but losing expedients.” If he understands, then there is no error. This experience does not indicate sagehood. But if he considers himself a sage, then a demon of chronic depression will enter his mind. He may take up knives and swords and cut his own flesh, happily giving up his life.” 107
“You should be extremely careful not to casually indulge in random thoughts. Do not start thinking that you want to die, or that you cannot get what you want. If you keep thinking like that, you will attract this kind of demon. There are a great many of them in the world.” 109
“This person who is possessed by demons, … in the homes of Dharma-protectors who believe in him, will often drink wine, eat meat, and engage in wanton lust. …The power of the demon will keep his followers from doubting or denouncing him. They have tremendous faith in him.” 129
“But if he considers himself a sage, then a demon of desire will enter his mind. He will become an outspoken advocate of lust….He will teach his lay followers to indiscriminately engage in acts of lust, calling those who commit acts of lust his Dharma heirs. The power of spirits and ghosts in the Ending Age will enable him to attract a following of ordinary, naïve people, numbering as many as one thousand or ten thousand. When the demon becomes bored, he will leave the person’s body. Once the person’s charisma is gone, he will run afoul of the law.” 133
“The good person is beguiled and fooled into thinking that the other is a Bodhisattva. He believes the others’ teachings and his mind is swayed. He breaks the Buddha’s moral precepts and covertly indulges his greedy desires.” 151
“Actually, anyone who becomes a Buddha or a Bodhisattva is male. There are no female Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.” 173
“Or perhaps without having to rely on a teacher, the cultivator personally sees a being that tells him, ‘I am a vajra spirit who has come to give you long life.’ Or the being transforms itself into a beautiful woman and engages him in frenzied lust, so that within a year his vitality is exhausted….In most cases such a person will get in trouble with the law. But before he is punished, he will die from depletion. The demon disturbs and confuses the person to the point of death.” 241
“At that time he talks to himself. Actually, he’s not talking to himself, he’s conversing with the demon. And while he’s doing so, to anyone listening he sounds like a goblin. He’s conversing with the demon, but the people around him don’t see it. I’ve encountered this kind of demon before.” 245
“They praise lust and break the Buddha’s moral precepts. The evil demonic teachers and their demonic disciples transmit their teaching through licentious activity. Such deviant spirits take over cultivators’ minds, and after as few as nine lives or as many as a hundred generations, they turn true practitioners entirely into followers of demons.” 251
“In his practice of Samadhi, the good person’s mind is firm, unmoving, and proper and can no longer be disturbed by demons. He can thoroughly investigate the origin of all categories of beings and contemplate the source of the subtle, fleeting, and constant fluctuation. But if he begins to speculate about self and others, he could fall into error with theories of partial impermanence and partial permanence based on four distorted views.” 297
“These ten states discussed above, which occur in the consciousness skandha, are subtle demonic states that all Buddhas, World Honored Ones, of the past, discerned with their enlightened clarity while in the state of shamatha and vipashana. …If you can recognize a demonic state when it appears and wash away the filth in your mind, you will not develop wrong views. Some states come from demons external to you and some come from your own mind. The external demons are easy to subdue. The internal demons of the mind are very difficult to subdue…. After you have recognized the external demons, you have to cleanse away the filth of your own mind. What filth? The most important kind of filth in the mind is greed. …Greed, to be more specific, is lust. If you don’t have any thoughts of lust, you have washed away the filth of the mind, and you will not develop wrong views. If you do not cleanse the mind of lust, then a lot of problems will come your way.” 447
“No matter how much you teach living beings about being good, they still insist on going down bad roads. You don’t teach them how to be bad, but they go down bad roads all by themselves. Learning to be good is as difficult as ascending to the heavens. Learning to be bad is as easy as sliding downhill. Why? The habits of living beings are very strong, and they have too much greed and desire. …Learning to be bad is as easy as going downhill. Why? Because living beings have no wisdom and are stupid and dull.” 451
“Skandha-demons are not limited to fifty kinds, there may be five hundred, five thousand, fifty thousand, or even five hundred thousand kinds. Each kind can be further divided into ten kinds. If analyzed in detail, there are thousands upon tens of thousands of kinds. In general, what is a skandha-demon? Basically it’s nothing but a mass of yin energy, which comes from our yin thoughts. Yin thoughts include thoughts of greed, anger, and stupidity. They give rise to the skandhas of form, feeling, thought, formations, and consciousness, and in each of these skandhas all kinds of yin phenomena are produced. …If your skill level hasn’t reached that level, then you won’t encounter these skandha-demons, even if you want to.” 529
“If you are without greed, anger, and stupidity, then you will subdue these skandha-demons.” 531
Disciple: “If a person is in a vegetable or comatose state, or has lost some of his three souls and seven spirits, although his physical body is intact, will the spirits and souls which have left him become another person?”
Master: “They don’t become another person, they simply go with the demons.”
“It’s better not to send spirits out of your body. If they always go out to play, they risk being caught by the demons. When the souls and spirits are captured, one becomes dumb. Retarded people and people who have become vegetables are that way because their souls and spirits have been seized by demons.”
“It’s like taking drugs, which is a serious problem in Western society. You could say that hallucinogenic drugs are transformation bodies of demons. The demons come up with a new form of drug and everyone becomes addicted to it. Even though people don’t really need to take the drug, a demonic energy combined with their own habits causes them to get hooked.” 539
“Demons fear those who are proper, great, and bright. If you can be that way, then the demons will behave themselves and will even bow to you.” 547
“Demons are very smart. They see what you’re greedy for and use that to tempt you. Therefore, cultivators don’t need to recite any particular mantra or practice any particular dharma. Just be honest and true, don’t contend, don’t be greedy, don’t be selfish, and don’t pursue personal gain. If you cultivate diligently, no demon can bother you.” 559
“If a person is proper, then everything he does will be open and upright. If he is deviant, then he will always be taking risks hoping to gain advantages, he will do disgraceful things. Good people try to help others, while evil people harm others. Once we recognize these points, we will have a clear understanding.” 565
“The Dharma-ending Age is a time when the Dharma is weak and demons are strong. The computer is one of the biggest monsters, and television is a small monster. …”You think it’s nice to watch television, to talk on the phone, to listen to the radio, and to play with the computer, but you don’t realize the harm that these things do to your heart, liver, spleen, lungs, and kidneys. They cause people to act inhuman and ghosts to act unlike ghosts. That’s a sign that the world is starting to go bad. We have been born in a time when living beings have no blessings and are difficult to teach. …It’s not easy to teach the upside down living beings in this terrible age.” 599
You can say that again.