“People have been discussing:
Should we go with “Self Force”?
Should we go with “Other Force”?
Other Force means the force or the power of the Buddha. Receive enlightenment by the power of the Buddha. Self Force is to attain enlightenment by your own practice. Some people say “I go with Self Force” and some people say “No, I go with Other Force because in this time era it is not possible to achieve enlightenment by Self Force 1,500 years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha”. So, what do you think, Self Force or Other Force?
But just remember that no-one can live with or by their own force, their own power. You can not control life, you can not control when you are born, you couldn’t, and you can not control when you die. Some one might say “what about suicide?” But Including suicide, anything that is happening in your life is not being controlled by your own power, it is an arrangement.
Anyway, the reason why people had to separate these things, Self Force and Other Force, is because when they say Self Force, the aim of the practice was to gain their own enlightenment and they don’t realise that it is not possible to get enlightenment by your own power. ……………….”
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