Hsuan Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun

Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun

Chinese Chan Zen Buddhist Monk who contributed to bringing Buddhism to the United States

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Now that you have a chance to leave the home-life and become disciples of the Buddha, you should realize that the causes and conditions for this are hard to meet with in hundreds of millions of eons. Therefore, you should uphold the precepts as you would your very life. For if you don't, then although you may still be in the world, you are like walking corpses and you will be of no benefit to the world. After leaving home, we should have backbone, determination, and integrity. We ought to be useful vessels within Buddhism, establishing merit and virtue, and establishing the teachings.

The more you study Buddhism, the more you should understand. You shouldn't become more confused. Recognize the truth and open up your "mine of wisdom."

What I stress is genuine merit and real practice, not false publicity.

One may not carelessly scold those who study and practice the Buddha's teachings.

The only way we can influence people is to set a good example for them and win their respect for our integrity and values.

When a person is proper, he doesn’t have to give people orders and they will follow him of their own accord.

Parents are living Buddhas right in your own home, so don't neglect what is near to seek afar.

The proper dharmas are: not fighting, not being greedy, not seeking, not being selfish, not wanting personal advantages, and not telling lies. These are known as the Six Great Guidelines. No matter what dharma it is, you may use the Six Guidelines as a yardstick to measure, judge, and contemplate it. If it accords with the six rules, it can be called a proper dharma. If it goes against them, it is a deviant dharma.

When the Buddha spoke Dharma and taught people according to their needs, he was like a physician dispensing the right medicine to each patient. Therefore, one cannot say of any part of his teachings that they are right or wrong per se.

Patience means: "If people scold me, I can bear it. If they hit me, I can take it. No matter how badly they treat me, I can endure it."

The purpose of studying Buddhadharma is to put an end to birth and death.

When you are cultivating the Way and a demonic state appears, if you are the slightest bit not in accord with proper knowledge and views, you will be caught up in deviant views.

People have sharp eyes and will see your good points. You don't need to praise yourself.

The reason we haven't obtained a response in our practice of Buddhism is that we have too many doubts.

When you no longer make discriminations, your wisdom can appear. Your wisdom will manifest in direct proportion to the degree you have cast out discriminations. In the minds of most people, there are so many discriminations that they entirely fill the field of the eighth consciousness, which is basically pure, with filth and defilements. Once you are rid of all that garbage, your wisdom will appear.

Practice of the Way requires perseverance, sincerity, and determination.

The spirits and immortals of old had no special tricks; they were simply happy as could be, and they never worried." This should be the motto of all cultivators.

When your concentration reaches its highest point of being, then, and only then can there be a transformation.

Students of Buddhist should treat the study of the Dharma as more important than anything--more important than their studies at school, more important than their business and livelihood.

There are no doors to the hells; you yourself make the doors.

With this body of yours, you ought to do some work and make a contribution to the world.

Students of the Buddhadharma should become more energetic, more earnest, more disciplined, and more intelligent each day.

There aren't any problems that can't be solved in Buddhism.

You should all remember: After you take the precepts, never be deceived by such states of confused belief. Even if a Dharma-speaker displays mighty spiritual powers, you should look him over carefully and see if he is greedy. If he is out for money or if he has lust, then he's not genuine. He's a phony.

Studying Buddhism is worth more than any amount of money you save up in the bank! In terms of your Dharma body and wisdom life, the Dharma is far more important than money. Don't take worldly wealth so seriously. When you study the Dharma, you amass a wealth of Dharma and meritorous virtue. So, don't look lightly upon this and act in a careless manner.

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Chinese Chan Zen Buddhist Monk who contributed to bringing Buddhism to the United States