Patience is a subtle and imperceptible effort.
Enduring a moment of shame
can end one’s momentary hostility.
Cultivating a life of patience
can slowly erode the lifelong obstinacy of others.
Steel can be tempered to softly wind
around a finger due to patience.
If we take a step away from fame and fortune,
how peaceful and free we become!
If we patiently deal with people and their disputes,
how carefree our lives become!
Such patience that stems from humility
is what progress is truly about.
Such awareness one has every step of the way,
and moving forward in a grounded manner
is what is truly genuine and precious.
── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan
(Roots of Wisdom)
A moment of loving-kindness:
all things are good;
a moment of anger:
a thousand situations turn evil.
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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