Speak not words of fame or gain.
Take not actions that are superficial.
── from Xu Gaoseng Zhuan
(Continued Biographies of Eminent Monks)
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, when in deep contemplation of the Prajna Paramita, realized that the Five Skandhas are empty, and thus he was able to overcome all ills and suffering.
── from Prajna Paramita Hrdaya Sutra
NOTE: When Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva was practicing the profound wisdom of perfection, the attainment enabled him to realize that the Five Skandhas─form, sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness compose a false notion of the “self.” By gaining insight to the fact that all phenomena in the world are empty in nature─that nothing in this world is unchanging, independent, or substantial, he was able to transcend all suffering and adversity.
Treating good people generously
is a virtue;
tolerating bad people
is breeding a villain.
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 Medicine Buddha SutraMedicine Buddha, the Buddha of healing in Chinese Buddhism, is believed to cure all suffering (both physical and mental) of sentient beings. The Medicine Buddha Sutra is commonly chanted and recited in Buddhist monasteries, and the Medicine Buddha’s twelve great vows are widely praised.
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