This publication is a set of Ch'an poems, lots of which have been penned via celebrated Ch'an masters. grasp Hsing Yun, writer of Being reliable (Weatherhill, Inc) and just a nice Rain (Wisdom), deals us his statement on every one of those poems, giving us the good thing about his a long time of deep perform and perception. The master's commentaries now not basically include many tales but in addition new verses in their personal which shed mild at the which means of those appealing poems.
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We should be able to progress from setbacks and be like the lotus which flourishes in the mud; the hotter it gets the more fragrant it becomes. We all have our strengths and we have to remember that all things happen for a reason and that our present is the cumulative effect of past causes. Just as the saying goes “when the going gets tough, the tough gets going,” if we can persevere through the tough times, good times will be around the comer. All you need is to be patient, tolerant and not blaming others.
That is the true place of practice. “The Buddha is in the spiritual mountain, don’t go looking too far”. This mountain is not any particular mountain. “This here is mountain is right here in our hearts. We all have this spiritual mountain pagoda within ourselves”. Our own true Buddha nature is our pagoda. If we want to cultivate, we need to look within ourselves. “That is the true place of practice”. Once, there was a butcher that did not treat his mother very nicely, yet he was very devoted to Kuan Yin Bodhisattva.
We do not need to be too calculating or serious about it. Those who are incapable do not know how to handle gossip just like they do not know how to handle garbage. Gossip, like garbage, should not be taken too seriously. If it is not promptly disposed of it only fouls the environment and creates unpleasantness. Those who are capable use the three trainings (morality, meditation and wisdom) and the four boundless mindfulnesses (compassion, kindness, joyfulness and generosity) and naturally keep themselves above conflict and adversity.