All practitioners observe these past days, disasters still frequently occur. Fortunately, there are blessings from Three Jewels, support from Dharma guardians, and support from all practitioners.
This is the time of the new year, we should reflect upon ourselves. In this new year, how good is our practice? And where is our practice going to?
We need to pay attention when the phenomena show up and the situation comes up. If we don’t pay attention to the core message of a situation, we will generate a lot of emotions.
“Virtuous ones, the unsurpassed Dharma King possesses great dhāraṇī-door, named as ‘Completely Aware.’ Flows out all purity, suchness, Bodhi, nirvana and paramitas, teaching bodhisattvas.
This morning is the sixth Patriarch Nirvana anniversary,
Should be celebration and praise? Should be grief and sorrow?
Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva practicing deeply prajna paramita at the time illuminates the five skandhas are all empty, crosses beyond all adversity and suffering.
Since become ordained monk, one must do great deeds. Set your aspiration high and strength of vows must be deep. Courage must be great, mind must act with subtlety.
The expressions of a Zen poem come from a poetic state, which is a state of consciousness. That state of consciousness is a state of mind, a state of realization.
It was often said, “The Buddha Dharma that is rare to hear, now has been heard; the human body that is difficult to obtain, now has been obtained.”
The practice of Buddha dharma is not based on discursive thinking; one should not take what he sees, hears, perceives and thinks as definitive.