Cultivation is a matter of dedicated self-effort, even though one has been taught one thousand or ten thousand times.
There are also written characters in our mind during meditation. However, it is different from seeing these characters in an ordinary way. The difference is that during meditation there is Samatha (serenity), which empowers Vipassana (insight) to reflect the true meanings of the principles of Dharma teachings. An in-depth realization will then be achieved. This is completely different from an ordinary reading of written characters.
What is "attachment to reality"? It is when you see something ugly, you think "ugly" is real; when you see something beautiful, you think "beautiful" is real. Whatever we encounter through seeing, hearing, feeling and knowing, we consider them to be real. The purpose of meditation is to break up this kind of affliction, to see through all of it as not real. Nothing is real. Everything is nothing but a dream.
It is not only at the last moment of our life that our mind should be undisturbed and non-deluded but should be this way also during the daily life. We should reinforce ourselves to have an undisturbed and a non-deluded mind while practicing the Four Foundations of Mindfulness according to the teachings of the Yogacaryabhumi Sastra and the Mahaprajnaparamita Sastra.
In our daily life when we are in good health, the four elements are in harmony, and our mental state is very high, we can wisely observe and deal with anything that happens. We could say that we are not misguided. However, when afflictions occur, are we still able to deal with them wisely? We may become unwise and unreasonable. This is so-called having deluded views.
How can we ultimately eliminate sin? Eliminating afflictions can do it. Afflictions are the ultimate cause of sin. By eliminating the causes, we won't commit any more sins, and thus the problems will be resolved. If we don't eliminate afflictions, sin will never be rooted out.
Treating others with expedient means is treating oneself wisely. When others annoy me, and I do likewise, that is the act of ordinary beings; when I am annoyed by others, I must not be bothered. The Buddhaharma is a sublime Dharma and teaches us to transcend the realm of ordinary beings.
When we do things to benefit other beings, we have planted causes in our mind. Likewise, when we do something to harm other beings, we have also planted causes in our mind. You reap what you sow. This is different from the other religions. What is the difference? The main difference is that all causes are created by us. Based on our own thoughts and conducts we then receive the consequence, which is not given by other beings, definitely not. This is the primary difference between Buddhism and other religions.
A well-cultivated being knows when he has achieved the Noble Path. It is analogous to a person who gains a fortune and knows how wealthy he is. We always say, "not to discriminate." The meaning of "not to discriminate" is that you should not have polluted discrimination. The being who has achieved the noble path has the great wisdom to distinguish things clearly. That being sees through things much clearer than ordinary beings that rely on mundane everyday sense perception.
We have to remember not to activate the angry and greedy mind as a means of communication. If we cannot use compassion and prajna wisdom to talk to each other; at least we can use the ambience of a peaceful mind and abandon the angry and greedy mind.