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Wisdom from Chinese Literary and Buddhist Classics

365 Days for Travelers

1/15: SMALL MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS IN A BROAD MIND

Foguang Ruman (Years unknown, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

A broad mind perceives small mountains and rivers,
Clear eyes reflect a bright sun and moon,
Harmonious ears hear a quiet world,
Swift feet travel free of dust.

── from Hsing Yun Shuo Ji
(Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Verses)

FEET THROUGH THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN

Zhu Yuanzhang (1328 - 1398, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

The sky is my canopy and earth my blanket.
The sun, moon, and stars accompany me in my slumbers;
I dare not stretch my legs in full length at night,
For the fear of putting my feet through the bottom of the ocean.

── from Gujin Tushu Jicheng
(Complete Collection of Illustrations and Writings from the Earliest to Current Times)

QUATRAIN ON CROSSING TIANSHAN WITH MASTER

Yelu Chucai (1190 - 1244, Yuan Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

Marching for ten thousand miles through wind-blown sand─ North, south, east and west, it’s all home. In the end, the heart is emptied, Nothing stirs; the mind a white lotus.

── from Zhanran Jushi Ji
(Works of Layman Zhanran)

COMING UPON A SMILE

Zhang Daqian (1899 - 1983)
English translation: John Balcom

Speaking the Dharma, the blue lotus of nine platforms, Heaven knows of the sickbed and the groaning; By chance one smiles and the Chan mind will be set on meditative concentration. From nowhere, Ananda comes.

── from Zhang Da Qian Tiannu Sanhua Tishi
(Zhang Daqian’s “Rain of Flowers from the Celestial Being”)

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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.

Dharma Instruments

Venerable Master Hsing Yun grants voices to the objects of daily monastic life to tell their stories in this collection of first-person narratives.

Sutra of the Month

The Heart Sutra is a short sutra, commonly chanted individually or in groups, that contains the core teachings on prajnaparamita, or the “perfection of wisdom.” The sutra is short, at only 260 Chinese characters. Included is an English translation of the sutra’s meaning, followed by the Chinese characters and their pronunciation

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