(Lecture Given By Master Sheng-yen on May 27, 1984.) Once, when Shih-fu held a Ch'an retreat in Taiwan, one of the participants was an old Buddhist. He heard Shih-fu say, "There's no Buddha, there's no Bodhisattva, there's no Pure Land, there are no deities. You are not allowed to think of anything like these. You just ask yourself where you came from before your present life, where you're going to after this life, what you are at this moment." more