Venerable Master Hsing Yun

Venerable Master Hsing Yun passed away today. He was a wonderful human, beloved teacher and writer, and I am grateful to be a student of his. Amituofo (news) (news) (hsilai) (Fo Guang Shan International Translation Center) (University of the West) (Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple) (FGS – video) (Red Pine) ? …joining palms

Finding Truth

Tree at La Purisima Mission   If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? — Dogen Before enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. After enlightenment, chopping wood and carrying water. — Hsin Hsin Ming Two old quotes I constantly refer back to any time I find myself looking elsewhere …

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the cricket

I sit down on my cushions for my nightly meditation, tucking my feet in, straightening my back, lowering my eyelids, putting in effort to have no attachment to thoughts. A cricket chirps loudly. I hear the sound of my son turn another page in his book. A cricket is keeping me company during my sit. …

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