Recently there has been an outbreak of Coronavirus in Wuhan, China. We would like to transfer merits to the deceased and pray for the sick. Our heart is with the medical professionals in the outbreak areas, and we give our blessings to all people in Wuhan. We hope that the epidemic will be brought under control soon, and a cure will be found soon. May Inner peace bring real peace!
Our founder, late Master Sheng Yen’s blessing and admonition for the SARS pandemic in 2003...
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WORDS OF MASTER SHENG YEN
WISDOM OF THE DAY
  • Before doing any task, we must ask ourselves to do the best we can, which means to observe and be in accordance with phenomena and conditions. Once we have exerted the utmost effort, success or failure is out of our hands. If we become victorious, we shouldn't become arrogant. If we are defeated, we shouldn't be disheartened. Meanwhile, we should not try to take credit for successes and place blame for failures. Doing so means to become free from phenomenon/forms.
  • Wisdom comes at the moment when vexations perish from the mind; compassion is nothing more than sharing benefits with others.
  • Happiness and suffering actually come from our perceptions. If we can see them as processes for developing compassion and wisdom, we will enjoy great freedom and ease.
  • If one is able to use the concept of “impermanence” adeptly, then one will live in the midst of joy of fresh thoughts, peace at every moment, and continuous movement forward without regression.
  • Those who maintain a more serene and inward-looking mind will be less troubled by the external environment.
  • Do not abide, give rise to your mind. Do not abide means to not abide in a selfish, scattered or stained mind. Give rise to your mind means to give rise to a mind of wisdom to benefit all sentient beings, a mind of compassion.
  • So-called frustration and adversity can be dealt with through the practice of endurance, by following the path of refining one’s mind and taking control. By having a deep understanding and belief in the law of cause and effect, a practitioner, through greater tolerance, generosity and compassion, will be able to bear their individual karma and karmic retribution and directly face adversity, drawing from it wisdom and compassion.
  • A life of freedom is not one free of setbacks, but one in which we can face setbacks with calm and peace of body and mind, and handle them with ease.
  • Before doing any task, we must ask ourselves to do the best we can, which means to observe and be in accordance with phenomena and conditions. Once we have exerted the utmost effort, success or failure is out of our hands. If we become victorious, we shouldn't become arrogant. If we are defeated, we shouldn't be disheartened. Meanwhile, we should not try to take credit for successes and place blame for failures. Doing so means “to become free from phenomenon/forms.”
  • By transcending all space and time, gains and losses, successes and failures, right and wrong, one will have a mind and attitude that is truly sanguine and broadminded.
  • All sentient beings are held equally based on the principle of compassion. All beings need love, care and help. From the perspective of wisdom, everything in the world is continuously evolving and in flux, and is impermanent because of changes from causes and conditions, time and the environment.
  • The difference between a person and the Buddha is not found in outward appearances, but rather in one's mental attitude. If one is able to experience the Buddha's wise and compassionate mind, then one knows the Buddha. If one learns how to use the Buddha's mind to look after one's self and care for others, then the Buddha already lives inside your mind, and you can use this Buddha's mind to perceive sentient beings.
  • The nature of habits is emptiness. When wisdom arises, the troubled mind will naturally be dissolved. Unwholesome habits may still be manifested but we already know clearly that the habits are empty in their nature.
  • To peacefully harmonize with others, reflect inwardly and not be emotional in daily life, these are the practices of concentration.
  • Those who maintain a more serene and inward-looking mind will be less troubled by the external environment.
  • As long as our direction remains the same, no matter how hard things are, or whether our path is great or small, we will eventually find our own way.
  • Merit begins in the mind. The bigger the heart is, the greater the merit. The so-called big heart is to be willing to share what we have with others.
  • To achieve self-mastery and take charge of your own life, learn to control the body and mind. We should be master of our own body, and mater of our own mind.
  • In success be humble, in failure undaunted. In poverty work hard, and when disparaged raise yourself up. In a position of wealth be frugal, and in a high position be diligent.
  • Counting our blessings, we are forever content and happy. Cherishing our blessings, we are always fortunate. Cultivating merit, we increase our happiness. Sowing the seeds of merit, all will be blessed.
  • If one is able to adeptly use the concept of “impermanence”, then one will live in the midst of the joy of fresh thoughts, peace at every moment, and continuous movement forward without regression.
  • The so called “beginner’s mind” allows one to practice each time as if it were for the first time. It doesn’t matter whether your past attempts at practice were good or bad. What’s most important is that, for each thought, each period of time, one uses the method.
  • Happiness and suffering actually come from our perceptions. If we can see them as a process to develop compassion and wisdom, we will enjoy great freedom and ease.
  • There is no need to be arrogant about the good things that happen to us, nor feel troubled and upset about the bad things. The best approach is to make timely efforts to make progress and seek improvement.
  • People with compassionate mind will always be respected and valued. Compassion means showing care and consideration toward and helping others unconditionally.
  • When looking outwardly, what we can see and hear are very little. Only when looking inwardly can we experience endless time and infinite space.
  • The true self is to be able to be the master of yourself. To be able to control one's own body and mind, and be one's own master -- that is the true self.
  • There is no such thing as "stable" or "unstable" in the external environment. What really has the decisive impact on our emotions is the feelings in our inner world.
  • We often only see the faults of others instead of our own unwholesome habitual behaviors. One who only knows about others but not oneself feels vexed all the time. They do not know how to behave properly, and are unable to achieve success.
  • Chan first verifies our selfness, then transcends it. To verify our selfness means to assume total responsibility, transcending selfness is to not only assume our total responsibility and duties, but to not expect anything in return.
  • When vexations arise in the mind, we should give rise to a mind of repentance-- then the habitual tendency will vanish instantly.
  • People have their karmic retributions and bad habits and cannot be without imperfections. Each person has a mind filled with wounds, a body covered with scabs. One has to let go and to tolerate, to open up each scab. Otherwise, one will never know how ugly he is.
  • Use each opportunity to train your mind, at every moment, wherever you are. Neither pursue anything, nor dislike anything. Because good and bad are originally one.
  • What is this thing called "I"? It is none other than the deadlocked consciousness. Most people look at things in either a subjective or objective way. If people are more objective in dealing with things, then they are more rational and are approaching wisdom.
  • Always be aware of what your mind is doing. If you can calm and settle your own mind, you will also be able to bring calmness and stability to others.
  • What it means to unify our inner world is not to seek this unification beyond our body and mind, not to conquer the nature, not to overcome the external obstacles but to subside and unify our inner conflicts.
  • Do whatever you can to the best of your ability, learn what's required of you, take up responsibilities, dedicate the best of yourself, and constantly improve yourself. This is the best way to find the true self.
  • If our minds were able to be unified for just a few moments, then during those brief few minutes we would experience limitless freedom and joy.
  • Your mind is not an easy thing for you to direct, not easy for you to calm. Those people who do not practice, who have not observed the ability of their minds to be active, will believe that their minds have no problems. These people are ignorant.
  • As long as the mind changes, heaven will be in front of you and hell will leave you. When we can go beyond the dualistic view of heaven and hell, our mind becomes the mind of equanimity.
  • If you often examine the trends of your words, actions, and thoughts and find them to be filled with pride, jealousy, greed, resentment, anger, and doubt, then change them. If you can’t, then avoid them. That is practice.
  • Arrogance, inferiority, suspicion, jealousy, hatred, resentment, anger...are all part of the self. In addition to using a variety of meditation methods to resolve such habitual tendencies, one should also cultivate repentance as a supportive method.
  • To transcend means to let go, to let go of vexations from self-centeredness. The attitude of transcendence should be -- it's good whether one has or does not have, do not pursue, do not fight, do not possess, but still dedicate yourself to do what you can do.
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    Chan Meditation Center (CMC) is a place of serenity and self-cultivation, learning and living the Buddha's teachings
    through the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism, established by late Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1979
    with the purpose of bringing Chinese Chan [Zen] Buddhism to the Western world.
    We welcome all those interested in meditation and the study and practice of Buddhism,
    regardless of background, age, or ethnic origin.
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    Chan Meditation Center (CMC) is a place of serenity and self-cultivation, learning and living the Buddha's teachings through the Dharma Drum Lineage of Chan Buddhism, established by late Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1979 with the purpose of bringing Chinese Chan [Zen] Buddhism to the Western world. We welcome all those interested in meditation and the study and practice of Buddhism, regardless of background, age, or ethnic origin.
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