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Overcoming Greed

Venerable Master Hsing Yun Greed causes sadness; Greed causes fear. If there is no greed, How can there be sadness and fear? — Dharmapada The Causes of Greed Greed is a basic disease of all sentient beings. In our realm, the desire realm (kamadhatu), the force and effects of greed can be felt especially strongly.…

Buddhism–Healing the Body

Venerable Master Hsing Yun internet photo Technological progress and advances in modern science have led to material improvements that have enhanced the quality of people’s lives on many levels. Yet, no matter how much we have progressed or how advanced our technology is, there still remain fundamental problems in life that science will never be…

Buddhism–Healing the Mind

Venerable Master Hsing Yun internet photo People suffer from a variety of diseases of the mind, such as being greedy, judgmental, or quick to anger. The Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra says, “There are four kinds of diseases of the body, which are due to excessive wind, heat, phlegm, or other causes. There are also…

Healing Afflictions

Venerable Master Hsing Yun internet photo WHAT are people supposed to do when they are troubled by afflictions? Some people are troubled by very specific things, others encounter poverty, and many have poor relations with other people. Some individuals are disturbed the moment they hear even the slightest comment they do not like, or they…

The Calamity of Fire

Venerable Master Hsing Yun If someone who holds firmly to the name of Avalokit­esvara were to find themselves in a fire, no matter how big, they need not fear being burned by it because of the Bodhi­sattva’s awe-inspiring spiritual powers. Specifically the passage describes one who “upholds the name.” The Chinese character chi (持), “uphold,”…

Transcend the Ordinary and the Sacred

Venerable Master Hsing Yun from Chan Heart Chan Art When Chan Master Nanta Guangyong first went to study with Chan Master Yangshan, Yangshan asked him, “What have you come here for?” Guangyong answered, “I’ve come to pay my respects to the Chan Master.” Yangshan then asked, “Have you seen the Chan Master?” Guangyong answered, “I’ve…