Throughout our entire lives, the need to resolve the relationship between people and matters has always come first, followed by interpersonal relationships, and finally that between others and our inner self.
This process is similar to the arduously long training of an outstanding fighting rooster: in the first stage, it appears fierce though it lacks strength like a clamoring street hooligan. In the second stage, it is still tense and indomitable, just like the critical and passionate words of a youth. In the third stage, though its competitiveness appears to have completely disappeared, fierceness still remains in its eyes, meaning that aggressiveness and impulsiveness are still there. Finally, it will appear rusty and stupid, yet subtle with its superb skills well-hidden. Only when such an animal steps into the arena will true invincibility be displayed.
── from Xiulian (Refinement)
Having sympathy in the heart,
one can benefit others.
Having understanding in the heart,
one can tolerate others.
Having patience in the heart,
one can work with others.
Having compassion in the heart,
one can liberate others.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun grants voices to the objects of daily monastic life to tell their stories in this collection of first-person narratives.
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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