Approaching the Heart Sutra in terms of space: the six sensory organs, the six objects, and the six consciousnesses.The 18 realms, which encompass all the physical and psychological phenomena, including our life, are actually empty in essence.
Saturday, December 12, 2020
Its the monsoon season in Singapore, with bright sunny weather in the morning and heavy rain in the afternoon.
Recently I noticed many snails being squashed flat by people on the pavement. I think it's good to be mindful when walking and be careful not to step on the snails who are out of the wet muddy grass. That's why whenever I walk, I will look ahead and try to avoid stepping on the snails. Sometimes when I see them in the middle of the pavement, I will just put them on the side of pavement. Perhaps there should be a signboard to advise pedestrians to be mindful of stepping on snails.
Image from here
Monday, November 30, 2020
Knowing that things come and go due to causes and conditions, then we won’t have any attachment and distress, and therefore we won’t suffer.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
When I started this Heart Sutra blog, I was wondering how many posts I could add to the Heart Sutra as it is the shortest sutra with 260 Chinese characters with the version translated by Master Xuanzang 1400 years ago during the prosperous Tang Dynasty in China.
I was so wrong. Even though it is the shortest sutra with only 260 Chinese characters, it has deep and profound meaning. However as one understands the Heart Sutra, one has less worries and just enjoy the moment. One learns to let go and not be too attached to results like gain or loss. Just try your best.
One must learn to control one own's senses. Many people experience suffering as they let their senses control them. For example when someone see something beautiful with their eyes, they want to own it and they feel miserable when they can't. Sometimes I was wondering if the person own the thing or the thing own them. For example, long after the person passed on, the gold or jewellery still exist.
Recently, I came across the video on the Heart Sutra lecture by Venerable Guan Cheng from International Buddhist Temple in Canada. There are a total of 28 lectures on the Heart Sutra. Below is Lecture 1 of the Heart Sutra on the explanation of the history and meaning of the Heart Sutra.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
- Refrain from taking life. Not killing any living being. ...
- Refrain from taking what is not given. Not stealing from anyone.
- Refrain from the misuse of the senses. Not having too much sensual pleasure. ...
- Refrain from wrong speech. Not lying or gossiping about other people.
- Refrain from intoxicants that cloud the mind.
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Saturday, October 17, 2020
This video is about Venerable Master Xuanzang's life and Buddha's teaching sharing by some commentators. If you understand Mandarin, you can watch this video. There are seven episodes.
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