This booklet is a set of Ch'an poems, a lot of which have been penned by way of celebrated Ch'an masters. grasp Hsing Yun, writer of Being stable (Weatherhill, Inc) and just a nice Rain (Wisdom), deals us his statement on each one of those poems, giving us the good thing about his a long time of deep perform and perception. The master's commentaries now not basically comprise many tales but additionally new verses in their personal which shed mild at the that means of those attractive poems.
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It is when we combine the physical (form) and the mental (emptiness) that all the different things in the universe arise. That is why we say, “Form is ever-changing, dependent upon conditionality”. Emptiness is the true nature, the essence of all things, regardless of the form it takes. lthough the world “The lush mountains and the bubbling streams can exist together through myriad conditions. In worldly life suspicion and jealousy will always keep people from living in harmony”. We have to understand that it is from emptiness that form exists.
Eventually he was readmitted and was able to settle down. The depth of his practice was recognized by the temple and he was transmitted the Dharma. “It is only after bone-chilling cold that one can become a king of the Dharma”. Hui-ko and Fa-yuan went through many, hardships which helped them to become the great patriarchs they became. Without the test of chilling cold, the plum blossom will not bloom. Without the heat of the hot summer, the lotus will not open. 31 The precepts are the best medecine for the sickness of delusion.
For all things there must be emptiness before we can have. Emptiness is potential. Take for example, a house must be empty before we can put furniture in it. The cup has to be empty before we can pour water into it. A bag has to be empty before it can hold things. Even our ears, mouths, noses, pores, and our internal organs have to be empty before life can exist. Do you think we can live if our eyes, ears, noses and mouths are all stuffed up? That is why we say emptiness does exist, and this does not mean nothingness.