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The English lectures on the Thousand Hands Sutra concluded last Thursday with a summary lecture over the last part of the book. I’m going to be traveling for a bit, so I won’t have time to record that lecture right away, but when I return, I’ll record another three lectures and cover the last section of this Sutra. I hope this has been helpful, and a learning experience!

 

Below is a link to a recording of the full sutra, without commentary.

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhWnVKNjJUMGlUZzA

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I realized that I forgot to post the recording for the seventh week of this series of talks, so here it is. This was a fun one, so I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhelR3Um9TQUw3c1U

 

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

If I entrust everything I’m searching for
to my one mind,
I will realize that the path I seek is in
everything around me,
and 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.

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

“Living” “Dying”
Such things are not my true essence.
Thus I will achieve one mind,
which transcends all distinctions
such as realms of the living and the dead.

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

Virtue, precepts, and actions in harmony
with the Dharma
are all done through mind.
I vow to attain these without delay.

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

One mind,
the Way that isn’t a fixed path,
it’s inherent brightness is never troubled
by birth and death.
I vow to realize one mind without delay.

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

Let me know that all Buddhas exist
within my one mind,
the place where enlightenment is attained.

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

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each leaf is hand made

(each leaf is hand made)

This weeks Dharma talk is about the core of the Thousand Hands Sutra, the Great Compassion Dharani. It’s a truly wonderful poem, and even more impressive teaching as well as signpost for which direction we need to go. This dharani has been popular across asia, and it was said that reciting it would bring blessings and protection from evil. I think you’ll agree that deeply inputing this within us would certainly bring good things!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhQVZsY002Rlk2cWM

 

The Great Compassion Dharani
The profound ability within me
is awakened not by words,
but by the determination to save all
beings.
I and my true self,
together as one.
At this stage freely coming and going
without a trace,
able to apply great unshakable wisdom,
using it without the least hindrance.
As vast as an ocean,
truly understand what this means.
Like quietly flowing water,
may my heart always flow towards one
mind.
All things
arising or disappearing,
coming or going
are done through the foundation.

With a quietly flowing mind,
I will become one with my foundation.

The sound of our reciting
spreads throughout all realms.
Hearing this, may the one mind of all
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
look after us.

Please guide me so that my mind
becomes one with the mind of all
Buddhas.

With the wisdom of the eye that’s not an eye,
please make this happen
and look after me.
Without eyes
keep watching and watching,
diligently watching.
Going and going,
changing and changing,
meeting this great truth of emptiness
all suffering and disasters
fall away
and disappear
disappear.

Deluded thoughts of every kind,
when entrusted to our great unshakeable
mind,
will all melt away,
will all melt away.

Through mind, determination, and
diligence
let me brighten and deepen my wisdom
and realize this great unshakable mind.

May the bright eye of wisdom
fill the universe with light
shining brightly, illuminating all.

May all beings
become one, become one
one with all Buddhas
one mind, one mind
one body, one body.

May all beings
escape together
escape from suffering
and become free.

May I see the world as it truly is.

May I awaken to the great reality.
May I uphold the principles of the unseen
realms, as well as the rules of society.

May I become one hand.

May I let go of my greed and desire.

May I develop the power to dissolve
all habits of the body.

May I develop great spiritual ability
and take care of the nation.

May I realize that all spirits of the dead
though shapeless and unseen,
are not separate from this realm of form
and matter.

May everything that arises in my life
surrender and follow my inherent nature.

All Buddhas,
may ten thousand flowers bloom,
and ten thousand fruits ripen.
Let me know their true taste!
(repeated three times)

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s this weeks recording of my talk on the Thousand Hands Sutra. On one hand, the text is fairly straight forward at this point, yet on the other, it’s still incredibly deep. There are views and information here that are just so far beyond the usual, dualistic way we tend to think.

In the next episode, we’ll look at the heart of the Thousand Hands Sutra, the Great Compassion Dharani, so be sure to catch these last two talks. (It’s really good!)

This series of talks is only going until the start of the meditation retreat season, so there will only be two more episodes after this one – this coming week, and May 12th.

May 5th will be the fourth anniversary memorial service for Daehaeng Kun Sunim, so there won’t be an English Dharma talk that day. But this series of talks will pick up again with last part of the sutra.  
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhY3R4UDJjMlFSR2s

Through one mind I take refuge in
Buddha, who watches over and takes care
of all material and nonmaterial realms.

I take refuge in Buddha and one mind,
which encompasses the endless universe
and all things with life and without.

I take refuge in one mind,
with a thousand hands
it ceaselessly takes care of all things.

I take refuge in one mind,
remaining just as it is
it ceaselessly takes care of all things.

I take refuge in one mind,
with all-embracing harmony
it saves all beings everywhere.

I take refuge in one mind,
which completely looks after all beings
throughout the world and universe.

I take refuge in one mind,
with a single thought
transcending time and space,
it nurtures all.

I take refuge in one mind,
endlessly giving light to all.

I take refuge in one mind,
it guides all life to the bright path,
which is neither longer nor shorter,
sooner nor later.

I take refuge in one mind,
always protecting us,
it enriches us
and gives us the taste of the Dharma.

I take refuge in one mind,
free of all forms and shapes
it is able to become anything.

Like the love of a Bodhisattva,
the thoughts one mind gives rise to
embrace everything throughout all realms.

I take refuge in one mind,
the all embracing treasure of compassion.

I take refuge in Buddha-nature,
my center, foundation, and teacher,
which transcends existence and
nonexistence,
and through which enlightenment is attained.
(repeated three times)

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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,
Chong Go

 

 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhazVoQUhISk1UU1k

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
vanish
as the thoughts that gave rise to them
are extinguished.

When my mind acts like a hungry ghost,
my one mind can embrace that consciousness.
Experiencing oneness,
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.

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Here’s this week’s Dharma talk about the Thousand Hands Sutra (okay, it’s sort of last week’s talk, just finished now, but hey, I was busy!:-) )

The link to the audio file is below, but give the written text some time, go ahead and slowly write it down, and the meaning will sink down within you, reverberating inside. Really!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhTkI5R21jQnN0QTg

 

Believing in my one mind
and following its profound truth,
I will become free from all attachments
and able to use
the infinite ability within me.

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

Believe and believe in this one mind,
give rise to firm intention,
and everything will be accomplished.

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

If I believe and believe,
and follow my one mind,
wisdom will burst forth
and the path to freedom will become clear.

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

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.

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

If I entrust all of the vows I have made
to my one mind,
I will surely become a Buddha.

 

 

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Hi everyone! Here’s the link and text to this week’s talk about the Thousand Hands Sutra.

( I’m working on putting together a system for better quality recordings, and I think I’m at the stage where I need to work on a sound booth of sorts. If anyone has any experience with this, suggestions are welcome! )

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwEuidbLSTnhWXFsVmF0UGpkZVU

 

 

The foundation of the Earth
is our one mind,
The foundation of the sun
is our one mind,
How could there be something
not taken care of
by our one mind?

The source of the entire universe
is our one mind;
it guides every single thing
in this interconnected world.

All minds are one,
it manifests every moment
and shows me the path.

The foundation of the universe
is my one mind.
It manifests every instant
illuminating the path for all beings,
both those with life and without.

My one mind is the root of all things.
All things arise from it,
so all things I will completely entrust to it.
This letting go
fills my heart with light.

Inherently there is no path to find,
nor obstacles to overcome.
One mind is the foundation,
so just as it is,
it is truth
and fully present throughout my life.

Knowing that the wisdom
and enlightenment of all Buddhas
is my one mind,
I fully trust my one mind
and follow its compassionate guidance.

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