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

I

What is the difference between
those who are noble and those who are petty?
Those who are noble understand self-control,
while those who are petty do not.
What is the difference between happiness and vexation?
Happiness can be shared, but vexation is tasted alone.

II

Come with doubt, return with faith;
Come with admiration, return with enlightenment;
Come with ordinary happiness, return with Dharma joy;
Come as a guest, return as a master.
This is the true way of praying to the Buddha for happiness.

III

By embracing the world with love,
even the Saha World is a Pure Land.
By treating the world with hatred,
even the Buddha Land is a burning house.

IV

Enlightenment is finding unity from oppositions.
Enlightenment is finding simplicity from complexity.
Enlightenment is finding understanding from hindrances.
Enlightenment is finding liberation from shackles.

V

Enlightenment is
life and death as one,
simplicity amongst complexity.
Enlightenment is
the same coming or going,
in existence or emptiness.

── from Fo Guang Cai Gen Tan (Roots of Wisdom)