Here’s a very nice Dharma talk by Daehaeng Kun Sunim.
I had to smile as I reread this, because it really reflects her direct style and emphasis on each of us awakening to this bright essence that we each have.
Regardless of whether you are a layperson or a monastic,
everyone has to practice
relying upon their fundamental mind.
For each person has this one, true thing within them.
If you think that the best thing in the world
would be to truly know
this inherent foundation of yours,
this foundation that is leading the you of the material realm,
then you will succeed in grasping the truth.
You have to practice
such that the visible realm
and the unseen realm
always function together.
If you would have your body and mind
always function as one,
then entrust everything to your true self,
the master within that formed you.
If you live like this,
you’ll be one with everything
and know what peace is,
so entrust everything there.
This physical body is a servant of our unseen self.
It just runs errands.
So it doesn’t really matter
whether you’re considered someone important or not.
When you’re frustrated or suffering,
“Okay true self,
you’re the one that can take care of this,”
and keep entrusting.
Only when you do this with everything in your life,
can you make some progress in your practice.
The personality traits that harm and hinder you
are still quite prominent,
so let go of those things,
over and over again.
“This inner master is leading me,
only this can show me the way,”
and entrust everything to it.
If you go forward like this
while viewing things positively,
refining virtue, and doing good actions,
then your wisdom will become abundant,
and your life will be well spent.
So really give this a try.
Text copyright 2010, the Hanmaum Seonwon Foundation
Images copyright Joseph