Dedication of Merits
During this pandemic, there are many things we can do to help protect ourselves and others. First, maintaining your personal hygiene is important and that includes: thorough hand washing and keeping your living environment clean. Second, whenever possible, avoid going to public places and crowded areas where you may be exposed to viruses through contact […]
The Grand Master’s Dharma Talk on SARS (in 2003)
Origin: Some of you may remember the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak back in 2003, another coronavirus with global impact. Even though it wasn’t widespread in the United States, it still caused anxiety and fear around the world. Grand Master Wei Chueh’s Dharma talk on SARS is as pertinent to our situation today as […]
The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters
Having attained Buddhahood, the World Honored One reflected: To abandon desire and be immersed in stillness is the supreme Way.
The Heart of Prajna Paramita Sutra
Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, while deeply immersed in prajna paramita, clearly perceived the empty nature of the five skandhas, and transcended all suffering.
Fundamental Concepts of Buddhism
anuttara-samyak-sambodhi 阿耨多羅三藐三菩提 Anuttara: unsurpassed. Samyak sambodhi: right and comprehensive understanding (complete enlightenment). Unsurpassed complete enlightenment is the state of a buddha. Arhat 阿羅漢 (Sanskrit). A Buddhist saint who has realized emptiness, having eradicated all afflictions. An arhat is no longer subject to death and rebirth. attachments 執著 To crave or desire anything, to cling to or despise anything, […]
From Bodhi Mind to Ultimate Enlightenment
If we can observe the pure precepts, awaken to the bodhi mind, and are replete with practice and principle, we are in accord with the way of the great bodhisattvas.