Different dharmas or disciplines have different requirements for the practice of Ruding. In Taoism Ruding, it requires bewilderment. In Buddhism Ruding, it requires forgetting both I and outside things.
No matter what kind of requirement it is, we must first know the samadhi or technique. Whether it is Buddhism or Taoism, they are all secretive about the techniques of their form of Ruding practice. Why? The reason is that they need to find a good apprentice before they can pass on the real technique in detail to him.
If the masters casually pass on the core practice of their sect to others, it is easy to bring disaster to the sect, because people without virtue may use the skills brought by the practice to do bad things. In the past, it was said that when an apprentice caused trouble, the teacher would suffer with him. The reason is that people with bad conduct will ruin the reputation of the sect, and may even bring disaster.
However, there are no absolutes. Some people, out of great compassion for the world, will disclose the real essentials of the Ruding practice, though the action is not prevalent. This article will share with you some key points in the practice of Ruding or meditation.
The first key to Ruding practice is high morality or virtue.
As we practice Ruding, we must first cultivate our morality or virtuousness in our daily life. It is not that we are worried that once we learned Ruding at high-level skill that we will hurt others. Rather, if we do not have high morality, we will never reach the high-level skills at all.
The Ruding technique is a form of profound Kungfu. If we do not pay attention to the cultivation of moral character, we will not be able to let ourselves enter into high-level of Ruding practice.
Many people seek to meditate but the vast majority of them do not usually pay attention to the cultivation of morality, so they will not be able to enter into the high-level form of meditation. This is a very regrettable act. When you focus on the cultivation of moral character, then you can continue.
State of Inaction
The second key to Ruding practice is the concept of Inaction.
In our practice of Ruding, we must understand the concept of Nature and Us is One. In Taoism, we believe that our body is a small universe. This small universe is part of the large universe surrounding our body. The small universe and the large universe are communicating all the time. However, due to various limitations, this small universe cannot fully communicate with the larger universe.
Taoism speaks of inaction, while Buddhism speaks of void or emptiness. Whether we call it inaction or void, it boils down to bringing our mind into a state of not thinking about anything and doing nothing. If we can be in a state of inaction for one second, then we are into Ruding for that second. When we are in the state of inaction for an hour, then we are into Ruding for that hour. Is this easy to attain?
However, this inaction is not just a requirement of our mind. At the same time, the requirement for the human body must be consistent with the mind. Why?
The human mind and the human body have always been inseparable. If we give up on one of them, we will not be able to survive on the other. Therefore, Taoism dictates that in order to train our mind, we must first train our body. There are various methods of body training in Taoism. When you look up the Mustang Shenzhan Technique, you will find many ways to train our body into superb shapes.
Buddhists do not pay attention to body training, so they talk about death. The exception is Zen Buddhism which teaches body health, but in a different way. Zen Buddhism talks about meditation and about physical body achievement. However, Zen Buddhism first talks about cultivating the mind. If you do not cultivate your mind, you will not be able to enter into the state of meditation. Therefore, among many sects of Buddhism, the vast majority of those who truly accomplish things in the flesh are Zen Buddhist.
Regardless of whether it is Taoism or Buddhism, they heavily emphasize the cultivation of virtuous character in their practice. The real reason is that the better the conduct, the less distracting thoughts exist in the thoughts of the practitioners, and they have a better chance to reach the state of inaction within the ideal state of At One with Nature.
Taoism says that “Inaction is the Great Way. ”Buddhism states that “Seeing the five aggregates as empty, abandoning all sufferings.”
As long as our body and mind are truly integrated with Nature as One, it will be very simple for us to practice samadhi or Ruding.
However, the requisite is for us to continuously develop our moral character. In the words of Buddhism, we must accumulate virtue and do good deeds and be kind to others, and not be angry at any time. In the words of Taoism, it is said that the highest goodness is like water. We are always in a state of humility and inaction.
The key to Ruding practice is the cultivation of virtue, and Ruding practice is only the beginning of life cultivation. In order to achieve really great achievements, it takes years of practice and accumulation of virtue.
Buddhism says that to become a Buddha, after receiving the prophecy of the Buddha, we still need to experience the difficulties of the three asamkhayal kalpas. In the Taoist practice, we will experience eighty-one calamities before we can achieve the state of the Great Way, a sort of Enlightenment.
It can be seen from this discourse that Perseverance is the last key element in our practice of Ruding.
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