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Grand Master Hsu Yun (V) Translations and Interpretations of Grand Master Hsu Yun’s sermons and texts, with accompanying Illustrations by Fa Lian Shakya, OHY, and Digital art by Yao Feng. Teachings V. Life is a bitter ocean, Yet drink it dry to find the Pearl of Heaven!

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Grand Master Hsu Yun (V)

Translations and Interpretations of Grand Master Hsu Yun’s sermons and texts, with accompanying Illustrations

by Fa Lian Shakya, OHY, and Digital art by Yao Feng

Teachings V

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Life is a bitter ocean,

Yet drink it dry to find the Pearl of Heaven!

Don't worry about time and space,

Smash the moon! It still comes back!

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Difficulties in practice

The first difficulty is the incapability of putting down wandering thoughts, habitual tendencies, ignorance, arrogance, jealousy, greed, anger, stupidity, desire, laziness, gluttony, and discrimination between self and other.

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We must learn to put it down anywhere, anytime, whether walking, standing, sitting or sleeping, whether in motion or still, whether resting or active.

Putting down

all vexations arising from ignorance.

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Fellow practitioners, once this body of ours stops breathing, it becomes a corpse. The main reason we cannot put it down is because we place too much importance on it. Because of this, we give rise to the idea of self and other.

If we can have a firm belief that this body of ours is like a corpse, not to cherish it or look upon it as being ourselves, then what is there that we cannot put down?

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If there are fears of wandering thoughts, then you have already

added another wandering thought.

If you feel you are pure, then you are already defiled.

If you are afraid of falling into emptiness, then you are already dwelling in existence.

If you want to become a Buddha, then you

have to know the entrance to the Path.

Afterward, carrying water and gathering firewood are not separate from the wonderful Path.

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We have to hold onto the doubt of the hua tou internally and, externally ignore everything.

Continuously keep this up, calmly and peacefully, without a moment of extraneous thought, like a long sword extending into the sky.

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A long sword extending

into the sky.

If anything comes in contact with the sharp edge,

it will be extinguished without

a trace or sound.

If one could do this, would he still be afraid of wandering

thoughts?

What could harm him?

Who is it that would be

distinguishing between movement and stillness?

Who is it that would be attached to existence or emptiness?

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There are people ready to die in battle against their wandering thoughts,

they do not realize that wandering thoughts cannot be defeated.

These people end up vomiting blood or going insane.

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There are people who fear falling into emptiness.

Little do they know that demons have arisen in their minds.

They can neither empty their minds nor get enlightened.

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And there are those who

strongly seek enlightenment, not

understanding that seeking

enlightenment and wanting

to attain Buddhahood are all

grave wandering thoughts.

One cannot cook sand hoping to eat rice.

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There are those who dwell in false purity during meditation and enjoy themselves. Since they cannot maintain a peaceful mind within activity, they avoid noisy places and spend their days soaking in stale water

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If there is illumination without awareness, then it's like sitting in stale water waiting to die.

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After all, which is the finger?

Which is the moon?

Investigate !

Fa Lian Shakya 2011