By purely sitting on the hassock,
the mind for the Way progresses,
Being worthy of enjoying
the refreshing lotus fragrance;
Though eighty-four thousand
distinct ways exist,
Who is to know that the West*
is immediately in the mind.
Pure and wondrous a home suffices to be a Chan abode,
Why go wasting your gold to purchase mountains?
As long as the mind is bright as the full moon,
A householder is more liberated than a renounced monk.
── from Zhang Wentao Shige Jinhua Lu
(Anthology of Poetry by Zhang Wentao)
No matter how beautiful the scenery outside, it will
never cause us to truly stop and reflect upon ourselves.
The practice of Chan teaches us to look into our hearts; it allows us to rediscover and to be reacquainted with our forgotten nature. The practice of Chan revolutionizes the mind; it allows us to achieve a mind of compassion, wisdom, vow, and equanimity.
── from Mi Wu Zhijian
(Between Ignorance and Enlightenment)
* The Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.
—should be like sunshine
and convey a bright view,
—should be like a flower
and convey fragrant thought,
—should be like pure water
and convey clear ideas.
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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