A Zen Story

One day, a young man named Yang Fu left his parents to go to Sichuan (Szechwan) to visit the bodhisattva Wuji. A monk asked him: "Where are you going, young man?"

2022-05-10

Six Principles of "Unity and Harmony"

It is a famous proposition by Sakyamuni that, apart from being sensitive and caring toward each other, Buddhist votaries should set great store by "unity and harmony" among themselves. And "unity and harmony" should evolve in the following six ways—or, we shall rather say that "unity and harmony" should embody the following six principles:

2022-05-10

Four Practices

If one can relinquish the false and turn to the true, fix the mind in “wall meditation11”, understand that there are neither self nor others12, that mortals and saints13 are equal and one—abiding this way14 without wavering, clinging not even to the scriptures15, then one is implicitly in accord16 with the Principle. Being non-discriminative17 , still18, and empty of effort19 is to Enter by Principle. Entering by Practice means following four practices20 that encompass all other practices. They are: accepting adversity, adapting to conditions, seeking nothing, and acting in accordance with the Dharma.

2022-05-05

Ten Precepts for the Mind

1. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is eternal, never give rise to views of death or extinction. This is the precept of No Killing. 2. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is ungraspable, know that one can possess nothing. This is the precept of No Stealing. 3. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is without attachment, desire nothing. This is the precept of No Sexual Conduct.4. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is indescribable, utter no words. This the precept of No Lying. 5. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is pure and clear, never give rise to ignorance. This is the precept of No Intoxicants. 6. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is flawless, speak of no faults. This is the precept of No Publicizing People’s Faults. 7. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is impartial, make no distinction between self and others. This is the precept of No Bragging And Slandering. 8. From the profound and wondrous original nature which is universal, raise no selfish thought. This is the precept of No Greed. 9. From the profound and wondrous original nature which has no self, do not mistake the ego as real. This is the precept of No Anger. 10.From the profound and wondrous original nature that is one-suchness, have no dualistic view of buddha vs. sentient beings.This is the precept of Not Defaming the Three Jewels.

2022-05-05

Buddhism Cultivating Good Conduct

Buddhism’s cultivation of good conduct includes conditioning behavior in daily life such as basic necessities of life, belonging to the arrange of Buddhist regimen. Buddhism advocates thrift and self-sufficiency.

2022-04-27

What Effects Has Buddhism Had on the Development of Chinese Literary Style?

To meet the need to extensively spread Buddhism, a peculiar style of literature, “Bianwen”, evolved. It actually springs from a style of songs and odes popular in ancient times. Bianwen is the expression of Buddhist scriptures in common words for easily narrating and singing.

2022-04-27

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