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by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue

Rainstorms outside are bound to end sooner or later, but how do we appease the storms within our minds?

The Vaipulya-Mahavyuha Sutra (Great Adornment Sutra) says, “Dependent on causes and conditions, nothing is solid or substantial, just as a candle in the wind, a bubble in the water.”

We cannot rely on the impermanent world, which is like flowers in a mirror or the moon in the water, to bring peace to our mind and body. Crying and smiling are two sides of the same coin; what matters is that change of thought.

After the rain, as you complain about how difficult it is to walk on the muddy road, why not look up and see that a starry night sky happens to be lighting up the path beneath your feet?

── from Hsing Yun Shuo Yu (Hsing Yun’s Commentaries on Allegories)