Hsuan Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun

Hsuan
Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun
1918
1995

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

Author Quotes

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.

This is my hope for modern Buddhism.

You should always maintain an attitude of deep respect and make obeisance to the great Bodhisattvas of the ten directions. For every bit of respect you have, you will gain a bit of response. If you are one hundred percent respectful, you will gain the benefit of a response of one hundred percent.

The ancient sages always blamed themselves. Modern people, however, look for faults in others instead of acknowledging their own faults.

Through cultivating the Way, you can increase your wisdom, your resolve for Bodhi, the power of your vows, and everything else.

The Buddha says you can believe in your God and Buddha too. Your God is like a parent to you, his child. If you do something bad, he forgives you. Buddha has an adult-to-adult relationship with you. If you do something bad, you are accountable for your actions.

To obtain genuine wisdom, we must work hard in our practice and be in accord with the rules.

The Buddha's wisdom and radiance are like the sun, because they shine upon the entire earth, lighting up even the remotest corners of darkness.

We fellow Buddhists should not stir up trouble among ourselves and try to hurt each other.

Money is the filthiest thing around. If you stay around it very long, you'll be defiled.

The Dharma is spoken; the Way has to be practiced. In order to derive benefit, you have to actually practice according to the Dharma.

We must be clear about cause and effect and not make mistakes in cause and effect. When we come to the temple to bow to the Buddhas, we should not try to gain something for ourselves. We should not be afraid to take a loss. People who come to the temple to steal food, money, or other things will certainly fall into the three evil paths.

No matter how flourishing the world becomes, when it reaches the height of its glory, it will become dark again. All things in the world, great and small, are pretty much the same; they all go through cycles.

Author Picture
First Name
Hsuan
Last Name
Hua, aka An Tzu and Tu Lun
Birth Date
1918
Death Date
1995
Bio

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