I purposely set the title so that it will attract attention.
I have been contemplating about posting this for a very long time, but recently debates on Buddhist view of sexual misconduct gave me the resolve to type all these out from the little booklet that I have. What I want to tell people is that Buddhists and even so-call well known masters can also suffers from bigotry, discrimination, pseudo-science and blind faith believe in scriptures as much as any other religions that we criticize.
I had originally read this talk on the Gold Wheel Sagely Monastery website quite a few years ago, but it was taken down after a while. A few years later, we found this same talk printed on free to distribute Buddhist booklets that are being distributed in Singapore. Being the cheeky Buddhist, I had asked anyone who saw this booklet to take all of them and send them to the recycles bins. Those rubbish have at least some values in the recycling center.
I am sure some of his followers or even fellow Buddhists will contact me after this that I am trying to cause trouble or being disrespectful to the master (who incidentally died some years ago). First of, the trouble was not started by me, this talk is real and the people who heard that is real and so are the gay followers and the damage done by such talks. Secondly respect is earned, not a privilege.
I shudder to think that some many of his followers would actually believe in what he had said and are teachers themselves now, probably teaching the same nonsense. Having said that, I do believe not all his followers have the same view and there are those that are truly insightful regarding such matters.
Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
Talk at Gold Wheel Sagely Monastery
Los Angeles, USA.
On August 16, 1992
Transcribed by An Syang
AIDS: The Scourge of Humanity!
Homosexuality opposed the way of yin and yang
The spiritual Mantra of Great Compassion Offers a Chance for Life
(Editor’s Note: On August 14, 1992, the Venerable Master lectured at the Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas on the terminal disease which has tied doctors’ hands and caused people to pale at its mention — AIDS, and an alarming new illness — the “new pneumonia”. On August 16, the Venerable Master again addressed this topic at Gold Wheel Monastery in Los Angeles, crying out to wake up the people of the world to this great crisis which threatens all of humanity, and exhorting everyone to recite the Great Compassion Mantra and the Shurangama Mantra to avert the crisis and preserve world peace.)
The New Pneumonia
We should follow the saying, “If you can renew yourself one day, then renew yourself every day.” Each day we should go forward a step; every day we should advance some. Otherwise we will waste our life in vain. We should recite the Great Compassion Mantra and the Shurangama Mantra. The Great Compassion Mantra can cure all illnesses. It’s said, “The Great Mantra of Great Compassion penetrates heaven and earth.” When you recite the Great Compassion Mantra, the heavens and hells will all take note of it. The more you recite, the more efficacious the response will be. However, you have to recite with consistency; you should not choose “lotuses today, and peonies tomorrow,” and be unable to concentrate on one. It’s said, “Concentration results in efficacy; scatteredness results in nothing.”
I remember when a village in northeastern China suffered an epidemic after the Japanese had surrendered. Several tens of people died every day, so several hundreds would be dead after ten days. In one household of eleven, there were thirteen deaths in three days. How could there be thirteen deaths in a household of eleven people? It was because there were also a relative and friend who had come to visit the sick family, not knowing that when they got there they would dies along with the others. This was a really severe epidemic.
At that time, I took four eleven or twelve-year-old boys with me to this village to recite the Great Compassion Mantra for the sake of the villages. After we had walkes all around the village reciting the Great Compassion Mantra one hundred and eight times, the epidemic mysteriously disappeared. From this, I knew that the response from reciting the Great Compassion Matra is inconceivable.
Now we have come to the Dharma Ending Age. What is “Dharma Ending”? It mean the Dharma is about to fade away and trail off. Few people have real faith in Buddha, and the Buddhists are slandering the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha. How can this be called believing in Buddha? This is called believing in demons. Believing in demons, they come to destroy the Buddhadharma.
And so all kind of evil phenomena appear in this world. Be they natural disasters, man-made calamities, or the spread of epidemics. Natural disasters include swarms of locust , droughts, and floods. Man-made calamities include plane crashes, derailed trains, and car collisions, all happening without any apparent reason, and resulting in a multitude of human crises. Then there are the earthquakes which been occurring everywhere, frightening people.
But people only know to how to become scared when the catastrophes occur. They don’t know to look for the root of it. natural disasters do not belong to the Nature. Nature has no disasters. It is the human species which suffers disasters. Man-made disasters are disaster which we bring upon ourselves. Earthquakes occur because people are fond of war, have big tempers, and kill countless people. “Do you want to die? Do you like to kill people? Fine, we can all die together!” and so the earth quakes. These are all various kinds of evil phenomena. We people! Why do we fail to investigate and find out where the roots is at? Let me tell you , that these natural disasters, man-made calamities, , and earthquakes, all the various accidents of planes crashing, train derailing, ships sinking, and cars colliding, are all created by the minds of people. People’s minds are not as they used to be, and virtue and morality have deteriorated, and so these unusual phenomena have appeared.
The most frightening thing in the human world now is homosexuality. Homosexuality is a practice which opposes the life principle of the universe.Which goes against the creative energies of YIn and Yang a, and which violates the laws of the nation.
This kind of behaviour will cause the country to perish and the human race to become extinct. If the country perishes, then it’s no longer a country, and the human race is also cut off. Although homosexuals are so infatuated with one another, they cannot reproduce, so the seeds of the human race will be lost. To plant corn, corns seeds are required. To plant melons, melon seeds are need. To plant beans, bean seed are needed. Not only do corn and beans have seeds, everything has seeds. Humans also have human sees. If the human seeds are destroyed, then human will all perish, and humanity will come to an end.
One Yin and One Yang Is Called The Way: Extreme Yin or Extreme Yang is Called Illness.
Now, homsexual conduct has already incurrred punishment from the heavens, yet the homosexuals aren’t even aware of it. What kind of heavenly punishment have they provoked? Well, as soon as they engage in homosexual behaviour, there are problems. This is because Yang (the male or positive principles) mutually overcomes Yang, and Yin *the female or negative principles) mutually overs Yin. Just take a look at a magnet, which has negative (Yin) side and a positive (Yang) side. There has to be one negative and one positive for the two to be sucked together. If both sides are positive they cannot be drawn together. If both sides are negative, it’s not easy for them to be attracted to each other. From the study of matter, we can deduce the principle of Yin and Yang, which cannot favor one and neglect the other.
The Book of Change says, “One Yin and one Yang is called the Way; extreme Yin or extreme Yang is called illness. When Yin and Yang harmonized together, this is the Way, when Yin and yang do not harmonize, illness results. The practice of homosexuality has produced AIDS. Some say AIDS originated in Africa, but Africa is not the source of AIDS. The original of AIDS is homosexulaity. When homosexual catch this disease, they have no medicine to treat it, and no way to cure it. The doctors all have their hands tied,m with no strategy for dealing with it.
What kind of disease is AIDS? It’s an epidemic which cannot be cured by any medicine. There are still people studying AIDS right now, trying to find a way to cure it. Alas! This is called knowing something cannot be done, yet insisting on doing it anyway. Attempting to cure it by force, they not only fail to cure AIDS, but what happened is that from AIDS came another “AIDS”, which is pneumonia.
This pneumonia is even more vicious than AIDS, once you catch it. This illness can be transmitted through the mere shaking of hands. If the sick person merely opens his mouth to speak, he can pass the disease to you. Not only ordinary people have no way to treat this disease; even among the doctors and nurses, in the last year alone in the U.S., nearly twenty thousand have died from the new variety of pneumonia. There’s no way to avoid it —- even face mask don’t work. When there is body contact, the infection is transmitted. It can even be pass through the air.
This kind of illness is more devastating than the atomic bomb. It’s more devastating than the hydrogen bomb. That’s why this is a catastrophe of epidemic proportions. Now that this epidemic has struck, not only do men has this disease, a great number of women have also been infected. And not only do women have it, even babies are getting born with this kind of pneumonia and with AIDS. Just look! how terrifying this is!
Throughout the world now, if we count it up, we find that the number of people with AIDS and this pneumonia is not small, for some are infected with the germs of pneumonia while still in the womb. That’s why all over the world, the final days of the human race have arrived.
The so called final days means that all will be annihilated, all will disappear.
So what should the human race do when it encounters this kind of calamity? We should recite the Great Compassion Mantra with the utmost sincerity and earnestness. The Buddha said that the Great Compassion Mantra can cure the eighty-four thousand illnesses of the world. All the eighty-four thousand kinds of dresses are covered, including AIDS and pneumonia.;
We should bring forth a min of utmost sincerity, and be as earnest as when we are eating, as earnest as when we are dressing, and as dedicated as we are to sleeping, so much so that we cannot miss any sleep. We have to merge the Great compassion Mantra into our daily activities, so that it becomes an integral part of our everyday life. If we can do this, then AIDS will be afraid and pneumonia will also be afraid. But this requires our utmost sincerity.
Over half of the human population in the world is going to perish, and those who will be left will be people who cultivate the Way, who cultivate truly , those who recited the Buddha’s name, those who recite Sutras, those who are vegetarian – these people will be able to remains.
I’m not saying this to terrify you. It’s just that the time has come when I can no longer refrain from shouting and crying out, to tell all of you that this current age, is not a time of peace. It is very dangerous, and each morning we have not guarantee that we will see the evening, for the danger can come at any moment.