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MIND
by Translated into Chinese by Yijing (635 - 713, Tang Dynasty)
English translation: You Zai

The mind is like wind, which cannot be grasped;
The mind is like water, which arises and ceases, non-abiding;
The mind is like flame, which is produced from myriad conditions;
The mind is like emptiness, in which defilements are impermanent.

── from Maharatnakuta Sutra (Sutra of the Heap of Jewels)


WHAT IS THE MIND?
by Venerable Master Hsing Yun (1927 - , Fo Guang Shan)
English translation: Zhi Yue

The mind is like a monkey, for it is hard to tame; are you able to control your mind?

The mind is like a flash of lightning, in that it is as fast as a split second; are you able to grasp your mind’s intentions?

The mind is like a wild deer, in that it chases the sense objects; are you able to see through the illusions?

The mind is like a thief, such that it steals your merits; are you able to subdue the Mara in your mind?

The mind is like an adversary, for it causes suffering to the body; are you able to stop the maltreatment?

The mind is like a servant, for it is ordered about by afflictions; are you able to be remain amiable and carefree?

The mind is like a king, in that it has supreme power over the body; are you able to inspire virtue in people?

The mind is like an ever-flowing spring, in that it is inexhaustible; are you able to give to all sentient beings?

The mind is like an artist, as it paints everything; are you able to make the world a more beautiful place?

The mind is like space, in that it is boundless; are you able to embrace the entire world?

── from Renjian Fojiao Yulu (Record of Teachings on Humanistic Buddhism)