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SELECTIONS FROM THE PRECIOUS TEACHINGS OF THE CHAN MONASTERY
by Jingshan Chongji (Years unknown, Song Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

QUOTES OF HUANG LONG (EXCERPT)

It is only because there is wind and rain,
That spring and summer can nurture life;
It is only because there is frost and snow,
That autumn and winter can ripen life.

QUOTES OF HUI TANG (EXCERPT)

Long term abolishment cannot gain instant recovery,
Deep-rooted evil cannot find immediate remedy,
Leisure must not be continuously clung onto,
Personal relationships cannot be maintained by neutral stances,
Mischief cannot be casually pardoned,
Shall one be able to abide by these five principles,
life shall be trouble─free.

BUDDHA’S ADVICE (EXCERPT)

To travel the Way far from concerns brings one close to troubles. To constantly be in a state of ease and comfort shall cause a lack of aspirations.

Those in the past experienced hardship and adversity, and tasted danger and setbacks before finally enjoying peace for the rest of their lives.

By confronting hardships, one’s aspiration sharpens; by painstaking effort, one’s cautiousness deepens. Consequently, one is able to turn calamities into blessings, and transform all matters into the Way.

── from Chanlin Baoxun (Precious Teachings of the Chan Monastery)