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I AM A BUDDHA

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

Always keeping in mind that “I am a Buddha” can be very helpful in interpersonal relationships.

Whenever I am communicating with others, I remind myself that it is the Buddha speaking to them, and use compassionate and loving words of wisdom through skillful means.

Whenever I am asked to give a public lecture, I remind myself that it is the Buddha addressing them, and use the opportunity to teach according to their levels of understanding, without fear.

Whenever I am instructing my stubborn disciples, I remind myself that it is the Buddha guiding them, and advise them with patience and kindness.

Whenever I am interacting with the timid and weak, I remind myself that it is the Buddha facing them, and be amiable while giving them confidence and hope.

Although we are just ordinary beings who are far away from Buddhahood, when our every thought is with the Buddha, then it is as if we are blessed by the Buddha and have the strength of a buddha. It is just as the Lotus Sutra says, “One recitation of the Buddha’s name enables all to attain the Buddha path.”

──from Wangshi Baiyu (Hsing Yun’s Hundred Saying Series)