Take a moment to ponder before taking three steps forward;
Take three steps backward, and then use a moment to think.
Consider the moment when hatred arises;
Most auspicious it is to put out the fire of anger.
Those who are not foes will not meet;
A single smile suffices to wipe out feelings of revenge.
All are urged to make things easier for people;
Seize every opportunity to grant mercy to others.
The human body is hard to obtain,
Yet I have obtained it today;
The Dharma is difficult to encounter,
Yet I have encountered it today.
If this body is not used to cultivate in this life,
Till which lifetime would this body be delivered?
── from Hsing Yun Shuo Ji
(Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Verses)
A closed window or door
will cut one off from the outside;
a closed mind
will confine the space of thoughts.
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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