Just like when I studied Buddha at the beginning, I saw Master Zhang Jia for the first time. He told me that if you want to learn to be a Buddha, you must first understand Shakyamuni Buddha. If you don't know Sakyamuni Buddha, you will definitely go the wrong way. This is a good suggestion, no one has ever told me. He asked me to read The Sakyamuni Pu and The Sakyamuni Fang zhi; so to learn to be a Buddha, you must start with studying about Buddhism, to study about Buddhism, you must know a person who is Sakyamuni Buddha. You must understand what has happened to him. Sakyamuni Buddha is not a God, not an Angel. He is a human being. What kind of person is he? Indians call him Buddha. The translation of the Buddha into Chinese means a person who is enlightened or awakened, and it has the same meaning of “sage” in Chinese. Chinese people called “saint” to someone who has already understood the truth about the life of the universe. Chinese people called these people are saints and Indians called them the Buddhas.
Actually, being in the present, if we can only put some effort, and some attention to it. It’s easier than being in the past and the future. Simply because, the present is there, right in front of you. But you know, as in everything, you need to get used to it, you need to habituate yourself. I think it is because of this, people are finding it difficult, to habituate themselves to be in the present, because they have so much habit being, being in the past and future. So it’s a new habit. It is difficult, that one. Selling the dream is easier I think.