Here’s this week’s talk on the Sutra of the Thousand Hands of Compassion. This week it features what I jokingly (sort of) call the “hell-set”, a series of verses about how the handle the hellish states of mind that arise. Take a listen and I hope you find it helpful.
with palms together,
My one mind hears and answers
all the cries of the world,
so I return to my one mind and rely upon it.
Mind freely manifests and functions everywhere.
Let me discover that all enlightened
teachers are my one mind.
Should the hell of knives arise within my mind,
let the all embracing energy of one mind
cause this hell to collapse.
A single thought causes my mind
to fall into the hell of boiling water,
but when that thought is dissolved,
this hell also collapses.
All of the hell realms within my mind
as the thoughts that gave rise to them
When my mind acts like a hungry ghost,
my one mind can embrace that consciousness.
it is truly fulfilled.
When I rely upon my one mind for everything,
should the mind of an evil spirit arise within me,
it will willingly surrender to my one mind.
Should the mind of an animal arise within me,
let me learn the truth of non-duality
through the deep wisdom of one mind.
Through one mind I take refuge in
Buddha, who watches over and takes care
of all material and nonmaterial realms.