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Living Affinity: Adapting Oneself to Others

Venerable Master Hsing Yun If we want to understand what the Dharma teaches us about building affinity and living in harmony with others, we must first understand the four great all-embracing virtues. The Buddha teaches that for us to realize our true capacity of connecting with and serving our fellow citizens, we have to first…

Five Precepts: Freedom of the Heart

Venerable Master Hsing Yun Many of us think that after undertaking the precepts life will become a matter of you-can’t-do-this and you-can’t-do-that. We wonder if that isn’t limiting us even more. We worry that it will mean a loss of freedom. This is why some people will question: Why should I receive the precepts and…

Living Affinity: Speaking with Kind Words

Venerable Master Hsing Yun If we want to understand what the Dharma teaches us about building affinity and living in harmony with others, we must first understand the four great all-embracing virtues. The Buddha teaches that for us to realize our true capacity of connecting with and serving our fellow citizens, we have to first…

Living Affinity: Friendship

Venerable Master Hsing Yun In the Buddha’s teachings, there are four kinds of friends: friends who treat you like a flower, friends who act like a balance, friends who are like the mountains, and friends who are like the earth. Friends who treat you like a flower We all enjoy flowers, especially when they are…

A Good Reputation

Venerable Master Hsing Yun Do not speak of others’ faults, and do not talk of your own virtues. Wisely contemplate the oneness and equality of all sentient beings, and you will enjoy a good reputation. –Sutra on the Principles of the Six Paramitas Do not speak of others’ faults We should always try to see…