mind is Buddha. When there are desires,
vexations and attachments in the mind, this Buddha
becomes a sentient being. When this mind is pure,
a sentient being becomes a Buddha.
2. If you cannot assume responsibility for
your own cultivation or endure its trials and
hardships, then you are at best studying Buddhism,
not practicing it.
3. No matter how much external
circumstances change, if we can see through and
let go of vexations, delusions, and attachments,
with the mind always in equanimity and suchness,
having clarity and true understandingˇXthat is Zen.
Prosperity and adversity both facilitate our
cultivation. They are expedient means for our
fulfills us; adversity disciplines us.
5. If we are content, our minds will be at
peace, we will see our blessings, be filled with
gratitude and a willingness to help all, and our
lives will filled with hope and happiness.
6. If we face suffering without worry then
we can remove karmic hindrances, settle disputes,
turn our enemies into friends, and be united in the Dharma family.
7. With respect we eradicate arrogance,
with compassion we extinguish anger, with harmony
we eliminate violence, with truth and sincerity
we eradicate deceit.
8. To be liberated is not escaping reality.
It is eliminating vexations, eradicating erroneous
thoughts, and opening the knot in our minds. When
the mind is opened to true understanding, that is
9. The riches and honor in this life are
fleeting, like the dew on the flower, evaporating
when the sun rises. The only true prosperity in
life is when the mind is
pure, clear, and content.
10. Vexations and joy are only within one
single thought. The key is, when faced with the
problems in life, can your mind maintain
tranquility, will you have the wisdom to
understand and observe accurately?
11. The one key word in practicing the Way
is toleranceˇXto endure patiently and accept
suffering. By accepting suffering, we eliminate
suffering. This eradicates karmic hindrances, and
prepares us for supreme enlightenment.
12. Purity of mind is to be away from the
mind of delusion. The Diamond Sutra says, "the mind
moves freely without attachment." That is the mind