For most people who just got into contact with Buddhist teachings it is inevitable that they would not know how to decide on the truth or falsity of the spiritual presence of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Fortunately this matter could be gradually verified through experiences gained in Dharma practices. One need only to be humble enough to adopt the practices of chanting Buddha's name and making prostrations to Buddhas, even if such practices are viewed merely as ways to train in concentration of attention and physical exercises. If such practices were sustained continuously into daily sessions and routines, then gradually one would experience the relaxation of one's mind and body. Later, after some time, one might even gain inspirational experiences to realize the authenticity of the presence of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
Written in Chinese on April 22, 2004
Translated on April 26, 2004
El Cerrito, California