Half is day, and half is nighttime;
Half is good, and half is not kind.
Half are men, and half are women;
Half are real, and then half are lies.
Buddha’s world is one half,
and the other is of Mara;
Half for you, half for me,
Within this world, no one can conquer the other half.
Strive for the better half,
The worse half will naturally decrease.
Accept the beautiful half,
Tolerate the lesser half,
For an all-encompassing life.
── from Renjian Yinyuan
(Sounds of the Human World)
NOTE: What is considered fortunate or misfortunate are actually both sides of the same coin. Similarly, good is one side, bad is the other side; wholesomeness is one side, unwholesomeness is the other side. It is impossible to expect a perfect world; it is natural for the world and life to have its imperfections.
A person should be like a rubber ball:
the harder you hit it,
the higher it bounces.
A heart should be like a ball of dough:
the more you knead it,
the greater its resilience.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun grants voices to the objects of daily monastic life to tell their stories in this collection of first-person narratives.
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Chi:Guanyin) has been a source of inspiration and devotion for Mahayana Buddhists and non-Buddhists in Asia for centuries.
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