(Lecture given by Master Sheng-yen on the Surangama Sutra on June 14, 1987.) In this section of the Surangama Sutra, we learn about the four elements. In Chinese culture, there are two entirely different definitions of the four elements. Most Chinese people are acquainted with only one: drinking, women, money and wrath. You can easily pick these up from Chinese novels and plays, and they have nothing to do with the sutras. The four elements according to the Buddhist Sutras are earth, air, wind and fire.more