Master Sheng-Yen

Magazine

As Spacious as Nature

Since people might feel a bit lonely coming out into nature by themselves, they tend to go out in groups. But often they just transplant their own little world out into the big world, and they still feel separation: “I’m with these people, not with those.” We should not be like a snail that carries […]

By Master Sheng-Yen

Magazine Personal Reflections

The Wanderer

 Master Sheng Yen has dedicated his life to spreading the teachings of Chan Buddhism in China and in the West. In this excerpt from his new autobiography, Footprints in the Snow, Master Sheng Yen tells the story of his arrival in New York and how he learned to live without a home. AFTER I RESIGNED […]

By Master Sheng-Yen
Bodhisattva, late Sui Dynasty, China, gray marble. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Magazine Teachings

Being Natural

Let it go and be spontaneous, Experience no going or staying. Accord with your nature, unite with the Way, Wander at ease, without vexation. The most important thing in practice is to be natural and spontaneous. Being natural does not mean neglecting everything. It requires careful attention. In meditation, you should sit in a natural […]

By Master Sheng-Yen
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