The Yellow Book of Changing Fortunes: The Four Sutras of the True Parents Explained (1)
The Four Sermons on the Vernacular
A person's destiny can be changed. Read it again and again, practice it carefully, and you will make a big difference. I call it the Yellow Book, which means that it is as precious as gold. You will understand exactly how. The Four Noble Sermons are available as electronic documents, audio recordings and also as a movie. You can search for them online. If you don't have the time, then take the time to look at this edited version of mine. Destiny can be changed, if you set your mind to it. Destiny has a way of transforming itself ........
----- Zhuge Handbook
The Four Sermons of Jie Fan in the Vernacular
Originally written by Mr. Yuan Weifan, a scholar of the Ming Dynasty
Narrated by Mr. Huang Zhihai in the early Ming Dynasty
Compiled by the Society for the Promotion of Dharma
The first book is the study of life
The Second Discourse on the Method of Reformation
The Third Book: The Way to Accumulate Goodness
The Fourth Article on the Effect of Humility and Virtue
Words of the Collator
Appendix: Master Yungu's Self-Knowledge of Yuan Zaifan
The Four Sutras of the Great Master Yuan Weifan is a book written by Mr. Yuan Weifan of the Ming Dynasty in China, which teaches his son, Yuan Tianqi, to understand the truth of fate, the criteria for distinguishing good from evil, the methods for reforming good deeds, and the effects of doing good deeds and accumulating virtue with humility. It is a good book that will benefit the hearts and minds of the world and change the social atmosphere.
However, the original text is written in Mandarin, which is difficult for modern people to read and not easy to understand. It is a pity that modern people, who lack patience, may be discouraged from reading this book, thus diminishing its impact in a tangible and intangible way.
In view of this, the Dharma Society has taken the initiative to compile and reprint the book so that it can be easily read and enjoyed by all. The four teachings in the vernacular are also available as an audio book. It is hoped that everyone who reads this book will learn from Mr. Hua Fan's spirit of transforming destiny to create a brighter future for themselves, their society, their country, and humanity as a whole.
The first part of the study of establishing one's destiny
To establish one's destiny is to create it, not to let it bind me. In this article, the study of establishing one's destiny is discussed and the principles of establishing one's destiny are explained. Mr Yuan told his son that he should not be bound by fate, and that he should try his best to do good deeds, "do not let good deeds go unpunished", and that he should try to cut off evil deeds, "do not let evil deeds go unpunished". This is the principle of changing one's destiny.
This is the principle of changing one's fate. He had an ordinary fate, but when he met Mr. Kung, his fate was all predetermined. Only then did he change his life.
My father died when I was a child, and my mother asked me to give up my studies, not to get a place in the examinations, and to study medicine instead, saying that I could earn money to support my life and help others. She said, "If you are good at medicine, you can become a famous doctor, which was your father's wish.
Later on, I met an old man at the temple with a long beard and an extraordinary appearance, and I bowed to him respectfully. This old man said to me, "You are in the government, you can take the examination next year and enter the school palace, why don't you study?
So I told him the reason why my mother had told me to give up my studies to study medicine. I asked the old man for his name, where he was from and where his family lived. According to the destined number, I should pass on to you this imperial number.
Therefore, I took this old man to my house and told my mother about it. My mother asked me to treat him well. She also said, "Since this man is well versed in fortune telling, ask him to do some calculations for you and see if they work.
It turned out that Mr. Kung's fortune telling was very good, even though it was a small matter. After hearing Mr. Kung's words, I was moved to study and discussed with my cousin, Shen Weigao. My cousin said, "My good friend Mr. Yu Haigu runs a school at Shen Youfu's house and accepts students to study. It would be very convenient for me to send you to board with him. So I took Mr. Yu Haigu as my teacher. Mr. Kung once told me the number of my destiny; he said, "When you are not a boy student, you should be 14th in the county examination, 71st in the prefectural examination, and 9th in the school examination.
When the next year came, I was able to get the same number of places in the three examinations as Mr. Kung had predicted, and they all matched. Mr. Kung also predicted for me the fortune and misfortune of my life. He said, "If I get the first place in that year, I should be a grantee in that year, and a tributary in that year, and when I am a tributary, I should be elected a governor of Sichuan province in a certain year. When you reach the age of fifty-three, on the 14th day of the 8th month of the year, you should die at the end of your life, but unfortunately you have no son in your destiny.
I took note of all these words and kept them in my mind. From then on, whenever I took an examination, the order of my ranking was not as Mr. Kung had predetermined. The only time I could pay tribute was when I had received 91 koku and 5 dou of rice as a government student. When I reached 71 koku of rice, Mr. Tu, the head of the school, gave me permission to become a tributary. I privately suspected that what Mr. Kung had projected was not working.
Later on, I was denied permission to be a tributary by another acting scholar, Yang Zongsi. In the year Dingmao, when Patriarch Yin Qiuming saw that I had failed the 'alternative paper' in the examination hall, he felt sorry for me and lamented that the five strategies in this paper were as good as a memorial to the emperor. How could a scholar of such great learning be allowed to remain buried in his old age?
So he instructed the magistrate to send me to him on official business, and I was allowed to make up for the tributary. Because of this setback, I became even more convinced that a man's advancement and retreat is destined to be a matter of fate. There is a certain time when one's luck comes sooner or later, so I took it all in stride and did not pursue it.
When I was elected a "tribute student", I had to go to the National University in Beijing to study, according to the regulations. So I lived in the capital for a year. All day long, I sat still, did not speak, and did not turn my thoughts. I did not read anything that was written. Before I entered the National University, I went to Mount Qixia to see Zen Master Yungu, a monk who had attained the Way.
I sat face to face with him in a meditation room for three days and nights, without closing my eyes. Zen Master Yun Gu asked me, "All people are not able to become saints because of the delusional thoughts that constantly haunt their minds.
I said, "My life has been predetermined by Mr. Confucius, when I will be born, when I will die, when I will be happy, when I will be unhappy, there is a predetermined time, there is no way to change it. If I wanted to think about gaining any benefits, it would be in vain; so I thought about it honestly, and there were no more delusions in my heart. I thought you were a great man, but I didn't know that you were just a mediocre, commonplace man.
I did not understand, so I asked him what he meant by that. He said, "An ordinary person cannot say that he does not have a mind that thinks and thinks; since he has a delusional mind that does not stop, he is bound by the number of yin and yang. There must be a number, but only ordinary people are bound by it. If a person is extremely good, he will not be bound by numbers.
For the very good man, though he is destined to suffer in his destiny, does a great good deed, and the power of this great good deed turns his suffering into happiness, and his poor and short life into a rich and long life.
But he who is extremely wicked is not destined to suffer. For if a man who is extremely wicked, though he is destined to be blessed, does a great evil deed, the power of that great evil deed may turn his bliss into misfortune, and his rich and long life into a poor and short one.
For twenty years your life has been predetermined by Mr. Kung, and you have not turned the numbers one iota, but have been held by them. If a person is bound by numbers, he is a mortal, but if you are not a mortal, what are you?
I asked Zen Master Yungu, "According to you, can we escape from this number? The Zen master said, "I make my own life, and I seek my own blessings; if I create evil, I naturally fold my blessings; if I practice good, I naturally gain blessings. What has been said in various poems and books is indeed a good and clear lesson. Our Buddhist scriptures say that if one asks for wealth and prosperity, one will receive it; if one asks for children, one will receive them; if one asks for long life, one will receive it.
As long as one does good deeds, one's life will not be in his hands. Because lying is a great precept of the Buddhists, how can any Buddha or Bodhisattva still tell lies and deceive people indiscriminately?
When I heard this, I still did not understand, and asked further, "Mencius once said, "Whatever I ask for, I can obtain.
If it is not in my heart, then how can I ask for it? For example, morality and righteousness are all in my heart, and if I aspire to be a moral and righteous person, then naturally I will become a moral and righteous person, and this is what I can seek. But if it is fame, fortune and wealth, they are not in my heart, they are outside of me, and I can only obtain them if others are willing to give them to me. If someone else refuses to give it to me, then I cannot get it, so how can I ask for it? Zen Master Yungu said, "Mencius' words are good, but you have interpreted them wrongly. Have you not seen what the Sixth Patriarch Huineng said: "All the various fields of blessings are determined in the heart of each person. Blessings cannot be separated from the heart; there is no field of blessings to be found outside the heart. If you seek blessings from your heart, there is nothing you cannot sense!
If one can seek it in one's heart, then not only can one seek morality and righteousness within the heart, but one can also seek fame and wealth outside the body. In other words, if one seeks benevolence and righteousness, blessings and prosperity for the sake of cultivating a field of blessings, one is bound to gain something.
If one has merit and wealth in one's destiny, one will get it even if one does not ask for it; if one does not have merit and wealth in one's destiny, one will not get it even if one exhausts all means.
Therefore, if a person does not examine and reflect on himself, but only blindly seeks fame, fortune and fortune from outside, he is still at the mercy of God and has no control over whether he will get it or not. This is in line with Mencius' saying that there is a way to seek and a destiny to receive.
Therefore, if you can ask for something, you should ask for it, but if you cannot ask for it, you should not ask for it indiscriminately.
If you must ask for it, then not only will you not be able to obtain the external fame and wealth, but you will also lose the morality and righteousness that you had in your heart, because you have asked for it too much, and you are greedy for it too much, and you will do whatever you can to obtain it. That is why it is useless to seek indiscriminately.
What are the acts of abstaining from killing and releasing
1. Do not kill a living being with your own hands.
2. Do not abet others to kill.
3. Do not help others to kill.
4. Abstain from eating meat.
5. Do not engage in trades related to killing.
6、Whenever there is worship, regardless of what is being worshipped, use vegetarian dishes, flowers and fruit, not animal gifts.
7. If you see someone killing a human being, you should discourage them or buy the animal to be slaughtered with money and release it. If this does not work, or if the person does not sell the animal, then you should have compassion for the slaughtered animal, and even better if you can recite the Buddha's name or mantra for it.
8. Do not abuse the animal.
9、Other actions that are contrary to killing.
10. Abstain from killing and releasing animals yourself, and advise others to do the same.
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1The wisdom of traditional Chinese culture changes the destiny: filial piety to parents+five in one+self-improvement
2Zhuge Changqing's Three Golden Keys to Changing Destiny
3Zhuge Changqing's Greeting Ritual (15 Steps Concise Version)
3 诸葛长青施食仪轨 （十五步简洁版）
4How to repent: the ritual of repentance and the method of repentance (full version)
5How to read the Dizang Sutra: Methods for reciting Dizang Sutra (complete version)
6How to release? The ritual of releasing life
7Zhuge Changqing's Repentance Culture: A Case Study of Repentance Methods for Changing Destiny
8Free Life Culture: Free Life Culture in Ancient China
9Shocking photo of feeding: Buddha, Bodhisattva and Dharma Protector come to the scene
10Feeding Rite Return: the return is changed to simple return