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LESSER THAN A CLOWN

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

We often place our happiness in other people’s hands by being affected by their expressions, and by seeking illusory satisfaction from the five desires in the external world.

There are times when we hold grudges because of a single word, trap ourselves with worries because of a single situation, become depressed because of a single person, or feel remorse for life because of a single mistake.

By being less affected by the changes in the external world, we can free ourselves from suffering. When we can let go of gossip and stop comparing with others, we can be free from the entanglements of interpersonal relationships. With nomind, everyday is pleasant, and every moment is refreshing and joyous.

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

All IN A THOUGHT

There are many people who are used to being calculative and comparative in life. Their minds are full of suspicion and hatred. Bound by greed, anger, and ignorance, or afflictions and worries, they live as if they were in hell.

If we can be broad-minded and tolerant of everything, as well as drive our minds to the right path at every moment, then it would be as if we are living in heaven.

Whether we reach buddhahood, become enlightened, or are trapped in Samsara are all determined by none other than our minds. The difference between a sage or an ordinary being is all in a thought.

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