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IMG_9241We had the first Dharma talk for the Thousand Hands Sutra last night (the English translation of Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s Korean edition)
 
Lots of great people showed up and in general had a nice time. I’ll put the text below; we recited it first, had a Dharma talk with Q&A, and then wrote it out for about 10 minutes. I seem to have some difficulties telling the difference between “record” and “standby,” ahem :-), so the recording below is a recap/repeat of last nights Dharma talk, done instead today after the early morning service. Please let me know if you have any problems getting the audio file.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwEuidbLSTnhRGxKQ05sQ3hqdmc/view?usp=sharing
 
The Thousand Hands Sutra, by meaning
 
The mantra for realizing inherently bright nature, speaking truthfully,
and completely letting go of delusions
such as good karma and bad karma,
like and dislike,
defiled and pure:
 
Speak from the truth
and each word becomes a mantra,
speak outside of the truth
and each word becomes karma.
(repeated three times)
 
 
All Buddhas throughout all realms
exist at this very moment within my one mind. Thus sincerely relying upon my one mind is itself a true mantra.
My one mind
present throughout every realm,
ceaselessly I follow it,
earnestly I trust it.
(repeated three times)
The world we live in
is none other than the realm of Buddha.
Here it is forever Spring,
flowers bloom without end,
and the fragrant path is ever open.
 
The minds of all Buddhas are
fully present
within my one mind.
Buddha’s mind is realized in an instant.
Not knowing this instant
causes an eternity of suffering.
The minds of all Buddhas are my mind.
Nothing I see, hear, or do
exists apart from
the truth they realized.
 
My one mind itself is the Buddha-dharma,
present throughout all aspects of my life.
If I truly awaken,
all directions burst open
and everything is utterly complete
just as it is.
 
All things that arise
all things that I do
I will entrust to my one mind
for it does everything.
(repeated three times)
 
The minds of all Buddhas are my one mind, so I ask my one mind
to take care of everything in my life
 
Avalokitesvara,
the Bodhisattva of Compassion,
who hears the cries of all the world,
resides within my one mind.
How can I express my gratitude?

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KakaoTalk_20151012_134505920I’ll be giving a series of (English) Dharma talks about Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s translation of the Thousand Hands Sutra here in Anyang, every Thursday, starting next week, so stop by if you’re in the Seoul area. They run 7:30pm- 8:30(ish), and if you don’t know how to get here, send me a message. The talks will run for 12 weeks, until the Buddha’s Birthday in May. I am going to try to post each week’s text here, as well as a link to the audio recording. (cross your fingers!)

Every week I’ve been messaging people with a verse from the sutra. Here’s this weeks verse; try to recite it out loud a few times, as well as write it out. You will feel it deep within you!

The minds of all Buddhas are my one mind, so I ask my one mind
to take care of everything in my life

Avalokitesvara,
the Bodhisattva of Compassion,
who hears the cries of all the world,
resides within my one mind.
How can I express my gratitude?
The great saving power of all Buddhas
becomes the saving power of my one mind.
With it I can live every day free of entanglements.
So wonderful!

The compassionate hands of all Buddhas
are the hands of my one mind.
Their touch harmonizes all seen and unseen realms.
How can words express my gratitude?

The bright eyes of all Buddhas
are the eyes of my one mind.
Through their vision
see the entire universe as truly is,
and by clearly seeing the dead,
fully understand the living.

The deep sincerity of all Buddhas
is the sincerity of my one mind.
It always brightly leads me
using all manner of seen and unseen methods.
With infinite compassion
it reveals the precious truth
of how everything in the universe flows.

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