Day 1 – Opening a Thousand Hands of Compassion

I’ve been debating which direction to go with these posts, about whether I should post something new or repeat the daily posts from Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s translation of The Thousand Hands Sutra. Part of me was worried about boring people or that everyone would lose interest because there was nothing new, but this text just called to me. It’s so easy to understand; incredibly profound yet very straightforward. As I said when I first published this, I have no doubt that this will be considered a treasure of spiritual cultivation by future generations. To me, it also feels like just the medicine we need these days.
I’ll post a small section every day ~ see if you can recite it to yourself 2-3 times a day. Three times before bed is really good for people, and if you can combine it with 3 times just after you wake up in the morning, you will really feel it’s effects. Just recite it sincerely, not too fast, and just let it sink down within you.

It’s not long, but it doesn’t need to be. Just take that day’s section and let it percolate down through your body.

with palms together,
Chong Go

[This opening isn’t actually unique to The Thousand Hands Sutra, it’s included in the opening of many chanted sutras in Korea. It is how the sutra is opened however, and the text below is the English version of Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s Hangul translation.]

A 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.

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