Day 47 – The one who hears and responds to all the cries of the world

Are you remembering to recite these out loud? I just finished the subtitles for an interesting video from a Dharma talk by Daehaeng Kun Sunim, where she compares how we use our mind to feeding the lives within us — they grow into what we feed them. If we feed them wisely, then that’s what they change into.

My one mind hears and responds to all the cries of the world
so I return to my one mind and rely upon it.

내 한마음 그대로 관세음이신 고로 내 한마음에 귀의하오니,

Day 46 – Find the one who says there’s nothing to obtain

(If I entrust everything I’m searching for to my one mind, I will realize 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.

본래 내가 없기에,
건널 것도 없는 것을 알 것이니, 건널 것도 없다 하는 그 님을 찾으리라.

Take advantage of the chances you have

Daehaeng Sunim always seemed to have a much broader vision than anyone I’ve ever met. It certainly seemed that she wasn’t looking at things in the same time span as other people, where for her, naturally viewing things in terms of lifetimes was, well, as natural as us thinking of the week ahead.

So to see people goofing off as if they had all the time in the world must have caused some head shaking from time to time. Like a high school student who thought they were always going to be in high school, with mom and dad always taking care of them. But to her the limited nature of this world was (apparently!) very clear.

Sometimes she would talk about this world, saying that it’s role, it’s purpose, was to help sort people into higher or lower realms. Dwelling here wasn’t the point. Rather, our time here was a powerful and flexible opportunity to grow. Stepping forward to where you haven’t been, or only by accident, is hard to do, but it’s what we have to keep doing. And as we do so, moving forward from where we are now will become easier and seem more natural. It really will!

Being born as a human being is such an incredible opportunity.
Would you just leave without taking advantage of this chance?

— Daehaeng Kun Sunim

Day 41 – Becoming one with all things that arise

Although I’m fairly happy with the outcome of the elections in the US, it’s important to remember that what other people are doing, or aren’t doing, doesn’t solve what we need to do. There are very fundamental things we have to do, that only we can do, in order to evolve and grow. If we want to move beyond this level we are currently stuck at, we are the ones who have to do that work. Buddhas can’t, saints can’t, and even your own mother can’t. You are the only one who can give water to your own root. You are the only one who can complete the conditions necessary for flowers to bloom on your own tree.

If I believe and follow only my one mind,
I can become one with continuously arising unenlightened beings,
and in so doing, save them all.

오로지 내 한마음 믿고 따르면
찰나찰나 나투는 모든 중생 그대로 건지리다.

Day 40 – The source of the love and compassion I need

The lines below work as a refrain in this part of the Thousand Hands Sutra, repeating around ten times. I was tempted to start skipping over them, but on second thought, I decided that it’s impossible to over-emphasize this part. It seems very simple, and the concept isn’t hard to grasp, but we need to really grasp it. We need to grasp it at the level of our bones, which is probably why it’s repeated so often.

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

내 한마음 그대로 관세음이신 고로 내 한마음에 귀의하오니,