Home|365 Days for Travelers

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

A Chan practitioner’s attitude towards heaven and earth is respectful at all times, not missing out on any opportunity to do so.

A Chan practitioner has an ordinary mind for daily affairs, a pure mind when it comes to making a better future, and a mind that is “in the moment” when it comes to taking life to an even higher level.

English translation: Robert H. Smitheram

The daily life of a Chan practitioner cannot be separated from his work, just as fish cannot live without water and trees cannot grow without soil.

The daily labor of a Chan practitioner are the provisions which support him on the path. Many Chan Masters have become enlightened while bending over piles of split wood or shouldering heavy loads as part of their daily work.

Similarly, in order to sustain our livelihoods, we need to work and handle all sorts of tasks while experiencing and testing our resolve to the marrow. It is only by repeatedly starting over from scratch that we can be successful in our Chan practice.

── from Chanmen Yulu(Anthology of Chan Teachings)