A half acre square pond, like a mirror;
Light from the heavens,
and the shadows of the clouds, together come and go.
How can a stream be as clear as this?
Because its original source comes from rushing water.
English translation: Miao Guang
Do not do unto others,
what you do not wish to be done unto you.
Abide by this principle,
always giving others warmth like the spring.
In private terms, bring harmony to the family,
and in public, achieve peace for the country.
Whether trivial or important matters,
there is no need for resentment or grief.
The merit of benevolence, thus reaches its peak.
Be it respect or forbearance, never give up or be weary.
Equal efforts need to be exerted to the enhancement of understanding and practice. The clearer your understanding, the more solid your practice is; subsequently, your understanding will become even more clear. Neither one can be done without the other.
Just like two alternating footings, eventually you will reach your goal; should the momentum of one side weaken, there will be no progress at all.
You must first attain understanding before you can practice. For this reason, in the Great Learning, the attainment of understanding is mentioned first. In the Doctrine of the Mean, understanding is placed before benevolence and courage. Confucius stressed that “once understanding is sufficient to attain,” knowledge, careful reflection, clear discrimination, and earnest practice will all be complete.
── from Hui’an Ji
(Collection from the Dark Hut)
Only through determination
can failure in the past
be a mirror for behavior in the future.
Only through perseverance
can the moment of obstacle
be a power to promote success.
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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