Every tree and flower has a purpose.
Every mountain and stream has a place.
Every occasion has a reason.
Every cause has an effect.
Treat all beings in the spirit of equality.
See everything through the principle of dependent origination.
Hold back negative words;
there will be no ground in which disaster can grow.
Forgive an attack;
never fight others for power.
Endure for a moment;
a fiery inferno will turn into a cool lotus pond.
Take a step back;
that is the way of self-cultivation.*
We cannot oppose the law of causality;
good and evil will have their karmic retribution
when their time comes.
We cannot oppose the truth;
true and false, real and fake
will be redressed in time.
Good or bad fruit comes from
good or bad causes and conditions;
you are your own gardener.
Good or bad karmic justice comes from
good or ill will;
you are the master of your will.
── from The Everlasting Light;
*The Carefree Life
Hope can set your mind on tomorrow;
action must be carried out today.
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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