Letter 16 – Bodhisattvas Fear Causes, Sentient Beings Fear Results

(A layman’s house was burned to the ground and everything was lost. His wife, distraught, became seriously ill. The man then lost all sense of right and wrong, as though insane. Master Yin Kuang sent this letter to console and counsel him.) The Lotus Sutra (Chapter 3) states: There is no peace in the Triple Read More …

Letter 15 – A Little Bit of Knowledge is Ignorance

Receiving your poetic letter from afar, I cannot but feel embarrassed! From an early age, this old monk has lacked education. My knowledge is uncertain and nebulous. Having drifted here and there for many years, far away from my native village, I am now sojourning on P’u T’o Mountain. Never did I expect that such Read More …

Letter 14 – All Conditioned Dharmas are Like Dreams, Phantoms, Bubbles, Shadows!

Many years have passed since we last met but I have thought of you often. Last autumn, when your esteemed brother took the regional civil service examination, he brought your letter to P’u T’o Mountain. Only then did I learn about your cultivation in recent years. I recall that you had met with great misfortune, Read More …

Letter 13 – Open Letter to Cultivators

The following lines are simple and unadorned, yet their teachings are based on the sutras. Anyone who acts accordingly will receive truly immense benefits. (Patriarch Yin Kuang.) I) The Pure Land method embraces people of all capacities, gathering in those of high as well as low capacities. It is the great Dharma of the Tathagata, Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Sharing Benefits Harmoniously

In ancient times, ordained people led a simple life with one meal a day. They received food donated by people in the village, rested under the trees at night and cultivated constantly. So, the way place was more like a school to educate the local community in Buddhism. Learned and far-sighted people built them with Read More …

The Six Principles of Harmony – Living and Practicing Together Harmoniously

The purpose of establishing a way place is to help everyone achieve in a group practice. It is definitely not to help individuals escape their worldly responsibilities. It is a serious mistake to think this way, especially in the light of all the offering way places receive fro followers and reality that every offering will Read More …