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Radiating kindness over the entire world

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This is what should be done, by one who is skilled in goodness, And who knows the path of peace:

Let them be able and upright, straightforward and gentle in speech.

Humble and not conceited, contented and easily satisfied.

Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.

Peaceful and calm, and wise and skillful, not proud and demanding in nature.

Let them not do the slightest thing, that the wise would later reprove.

Wishing: In gladness and in safety, may all beings be at ease.

Whatever living beings there may be; whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
the great or the mighty, medium, short or small, the seen and the unseen, those living near and far away, those born and to-be-born,
May all beings be at ease!

Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state.

Let none through anger or ill-will, wish harm upon another.

Even as a mother protects with her life
Her child, her only child, so with a boundless heart, should one cherish all living beings:

Radiating kindness over the entire world.

Spreading upwards to the skies, And downwards to the depths; outwards and unbounded, freed from hatred and ill-will.

Whether standing or walking, seated or lying down, Free from drowsiness, one should sustain this recollection.

This is said to be the sublime abiding.

By not holding to fixed views, the pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision, being freed from all sense desires, Is not born again into this world.

The Metta Sutra

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Buddhist Chant Monks of Kanzeonji Recitation of Ancient Sutras

Disciples, Students, and Practitioners of Kanzeonji Non-Sectarian Buddhist Temple Chant The Ancient Lotus Sutras.

1. SANGEMON – Chant of Repentance 2. SANKIE – Pledge Faith to the Three Treasures: Buddha, Dharma, Sangha 3. KAI KYO GE – Opening Prayer 4. MAKA HANNYA HARAMITA SHIN GYO – The Great Heart of of Wisdom Sutra 5. MYO HO RENGE KYO, KANZEON BOSATSU FU MON BON DAI NI JU GO – Lotus Sutra, Ch.25, Sutra in praise of Kanzeon Bosatsu the Bodhisattva of Compassion 6. DAI HI SHIN DARANI – Mantra of Eternal Mercy 7. SHO SAI MYO KICHIJO DARANI – Mantra of Purification 8. EN MEI JU KU KANNON GYO – Mantra of Kanzeon: Ten phrases to prolong your life 9. EKOMON – Final Prayer


The void

Learned audience, when you hear me talk about the void, do not at once fall into the idea of vacuity [because this involves the heresy of the doctrine of annihilation]. It is of the utmost importance that we should not fall into this idea, because when a man sits quietly and keeps his mind blank he will abide in the state of voidness of indifference.

Learned Audience, the illimitable void of the universe is capable of holding myriads of things of various shapes and forms, such as the sun, the moon, stars, mountains, rivers, worlds, springs, rivulets, bushes, woods, good men, bad men, dharma pertaining to goodness or badness, deva planes, great oceans, and all the mountains of Mahameru. Space takes in all of these, and so does the voidness of our nature. We say that the essence of mind is great because it embraces all things, since all things are within our nature. When we see the goodness for the badness of other people we are not attracted by it, no repelled by it, nor attached to it; so that is our attitude of mind is as void of space. In this way, we say the mind is great. Therefore we call it Maha.

Learned audience, what the ignorant merely talk about, wise men put into actual practice with their minds. There is also a class of foolish people who sit quietly and try to keep their minds blank. They refrain from thinking of anything and call themselves great. On account of their heretical view we can hardly talk to them.

(The Diamond Sutra & Sutra of Hui-Neng,
Chap. 2, On Prajña, p. 80, translated by A.F. Price & Wong Mou-lam).


Without Fear

Source: Without Fear | Great Middle Way

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June 28, 2017

18193749_10213066202997589_6855640167846761649_nRevering and trusting in the Buddha, we will wear the armor of patient endurance.

We will cherish neither our bodies nor our lives, but care only for the unexcelled Way.

Repeatedly we will be driven out and exiled from our monasteries and stupas.

Remembering the words of the Buddha, we will endure all harms.

We will go everywhere to share the Dharma entrusted to us by the Buddha.

We are the messengers of the World-Honored One.

Facing multitudes without fear, we will teach His Dharma well.

—Lotus Sutra, Ch. 13


The Perfection of Wisdom

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July 20, 2015

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prajnaparamitaForm is emptiness; emptiness is form.

Emptiness is not other than form; form also is not other than emptiness.

Sensation, perception, volition, and consciousness are empty.

All phenomena are merely empty, having no characteristics.

They are not produced and do not cease.

They have no defilement and no separation from defilement.

They have no decrease and no increase.
In suchness there is no form, no sensation,

no perception, no volition, no consciousness.

There is no eye, no ear, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind, no form,

no sound, no smell, no taste, no tactile sensation, and no phenomenon.

There are no sense consciousnesses, no mental consciousness,

no afflicted consciousness, and no ground consciousness.

There are no causal links of dependent origination

and no exhaustion of causal links of dependent origination.

There is no suffering, origin, cessation, or path;

no exalted wisdom, no attainment, and no non-attainment.

Because there is no striving for attainment,

all Bodhisattvas rely on and abide in the perfection of wisdom;

their minds have no obstructions and no fear.

Passing utterly beyond deception, the great beings on the path to perfection attain the final state beyond sorrow.

All the Buddhas who perfectly reside in the three times,

relying upon the perfection of wisdom,

become manifest and complete Buddhas

in the state of unsurpassed, perfect, and complete enlightenment.

–Sutra of the Perfection of Wisdom

 


The Heart Mantra Medicine Buddha (9:43)

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Heart Sutra Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya: Buddhist Chant (8:49)

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The Heart Sutra- Prajñāpāramitā Hṛdaya-here in a rare, original Sanskrit rendering by classical Indian singer-Vidya Rao. The Heart Sutra was composed in the 1st century CE in India and was later transmitted and translated into Chinese and Tibetan. It is unusual to find a recording sung by a native Sanskrit speaker from India; Vidya Rao’s is perhaps the only such recording available. This chant is part of a collection recorded by Siddhartha’s Intent, an organization dedicated to reviving the wisdom traditions of India. http://www.siddharthasintent.org/

Set to pictures from the places in the Buddha Sakyamuni’s life from the birth place in Lumbini, enlightenment in Bodhgaya and the Bodhi tree, sermons at Vulture’s peak in Rajgir and Sarnath Stupa and death in Kushinagar. There are also views of Nalanda, Sanchi and Ajanta-Ellora.