Day 21 – The Hell Cycle

This is the start of an interesting section of The Thousand Hands Sutra that deals with hell realms and hellish states of existence. The “Hell of Knives” is traditionally just that – mountains of knives. But it could also perhaps be seen as everything that cuts you or cuts you down, emotionally and figuratively as well as literally.

Should the hell of knives arise within my mind,
let the all embracing energy of one mind
cause this hell to collapse.

Day 18 – Flowing like water

Because we are so used to the material realm, we naturally try to match that format in our perceptions. Where things exist as separate entities, separated by distance and time.

However, they don’t actually exist that way. They are all part of one flowing, interconnected whole, and spiritual practice is the (attempt!) to live in tune with that. The more in tune we become, the more we become able to see things as they truly are, and the more we are able to act effectively in the world. And if you see everyone as yourself, could there be anything more natural than wanting to help them move from suffering?

My one mind is the Bodhisattva of Compassion,
so I return to my one mind and rely upon it.

One mind,
the Way that isn’t a fixed path,
its inherent brightness is never troubled by birth and death.
I vow to realize one mind without delay.

Day 17 – Functioning through our fundamental mind

It’s hard to know how to discover our fundamental nature, and hard to function through it, because we’ve also been giving equal (or more) weight to the things we can see and label. This is natural, and not something to get upset about. But, once you become aware of this issue, start by relaxing the urge to grasp onto things. Let go of everything, and entrust it all to your true nature. Then, when things begin to settle down, your true nature can come to the surface. Now your practice can really begin!

My one mind is the Bodhisattva of Compassion,
so I return to my one mind and rely upon it.

Virtue and merit, upright behavior, and actions in harmony with the Dharma
are all done through mind.
I vow to attain these without delay.

Day 15 – Becoming unstuck

A Cheon-do ceremony to help the victims of the Corona virus move forward. May all become unstuck and continue forward on their own path of evolution.

These versus have a strange power to change us. Just by reciting them sincerely, it seems like there are parts of us that hear them, parts that have no ears or eyes.


My one mind is the Bodhisattva of Compassion,
so I return to my one mind and rely upon it.

If I entrust everything I’m searching for to my one mind,
I will realize that the path I seek
is in everything around me,
and that inherently “I” does not exist,
so there is no need to obtain something else.
I will find the one who says
there is no need to obtain something else.