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9/22: WORLDLY AFFAIRS ARE SHORT AS A SPRING DREAM

Tune: West River Moon
Zhu Dunru (1081 - 1159, Song Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

Worldly affairs are short as a spring dream;
Human sentiment is as thin as autumn clouds.
There is no need to compare and allow hardships to
belabor the mind;
All things have their destinies.

Luckily, I have three cups of good wine
And have met a new blossom.
Joyful and laughing for a time when we come together;
Whether tomorrow is bright or cloudy is uncertain.

── from Quan Song Ci
(Complete Collection of Song Poems)

POEM ON THE WALL OF QIUXIANG PAVILION IN QIANTANGJIANG

Tune: West River Moon
Feng Menglong (1574 - 1646, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Wine torches the body like fire, while lust slices the body like a mountain of steel; excessive wealth evokes jealousy and severs personal relations, while anger explodes without fire.

The four come together as one, lacking much difference; I urge you to take the high road by refraining from clinging. Such would be the right way to a well-cultivated form.

── from Sanyan-Jingshi Tongyan
(Three Words: Stories to Caution the World)

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Recorded by Leann Moore        

When parking a car,
leave some space
so that later
you can turn around;
when dealing with people,
leave a hairsbreadth between
so that you can
happily meet again.

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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