Books

A Life of Pluses and Minuses
A Life of Pluses and Minuses
In this volume, Venerable Master Hsing Yun offers a variety of essays on the truth of impermanence. In A Life of Pluses and Minuses, he writes, “While a plus can be limitless in its scope, the worst possibility for a minus is zero.” Venerable Master Hsing Yun teaches us how we can enjoy these pluses, and make the most of the minuses.
A Moment, A Lifetime
A Moment, A Lifetime
Buddhist practice is about cultivating each moment so that we can have a lifetime of happiness. In A Moment, A Lifetime, Venerable Master Hsing Yun writes, “We should tell ourselves that, in anything we do, benefiting others is for a lifetime, and hard work is only for a moment.” In this volume, Venerable Master Hsing Yun teaches us how to maximize our potential for affecting change in this world.
All in a Thought
All in a Thought
In this volume, Venerable Master Hsing Yun emphasizes the immediacy of enlightenment to us all. He writes, “A thought of ignorance may cause sorrow and pain, while one inspired moment of enlightenment can bring out the sun of wisdom.” All in a Thought shows us how we can change our destiny by changing our outlook on life.
Being Good
Being Good
Being Good invites readers to consider what it means to lead a good life. In this collection of essays, Venerable Master Hsing Yun offers practical advice on specific moral and ethical issues, using passages from the Buddhist scriptures as a point of departure for his discussions. Topics include controlling the body and speech, overcoming greed, ending anger, having patience under insult, getting along with others, as well as what it means to practice Buddhism, and the joys and blessings which come from that practice.
Cloud and Water
Cloud and Water
As much as Chan has a tradition of ardent practice and profound teachings, Chan also has a history of beautiful artistry. Cloud and Water is a sample of that rich history, with translations of over thirty-six beloved Chan poems, each with commentary by Venerable Master Hsing Yun.
Prescription for the Heart
Prescription for the Heart
In Prescription for the Heart, Venerable Master Hsing Yun writes, “When the heart is sick, it is not easy to discover. Even when the problem is found, it is not easy to cure completely.” This volume offers us sound “prescriptions” for transforming our suffering into happiness, and our ignorance into enlightenment.
Seeking Happiness
Seeking Happiness
People in all walks of life are actively pursuing happiness in everything they do. These essays emphasize the importance of how a moment of thought can transform our daily lives. A moment of thought can allow us to reflect upon what is good in both the natural world and society; that moment can help us see the goodness in everything we encounter and find true happiness.
Sutra of the Medicine Buddha
Sutra of the Medicine Buddha
The Sutra of the Medicine Buddha has been a favorite of East Asian Buddhists for over two thousand years. Regularly chanted in China for the blessings of health and protection, this edition presents a complete English translation of the sutra, as well as a commentary, prayers, and the full Chinese text with pronunciation notes for chanting.
Tending Life’s Garden
Tending Life’s Garden
In volume six, Venerable Master Hsing Yun meditates at length on the theme of diligently tending to life with wisdom and compassion. Addressing a rich array of topics, he charts a sound and empathetic course for tending to the causes and conditions of human suffering, and of our infinite potential for growth.
The Core Teachings
The Core Teachings
Conceived as a starting point for those coming to Buddhism for the first time, The Core Teachings is a guided tour of the most essential aspects of Buddhist wisdom and how they can be applied in our own lives and practice. Honed by Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s decades of teaching and commitment to sharing Buddhism in a straightforward, accessible way, The Core Teachings gives new life to Buddhist basics like the Four Noble Truths, karma, and the five precepts.
The Great Realizations
The Great Realizations
The Eight Realizations of a Bodhisattva Sutra allows us to see the world as a bodhisattva does: complete with its share of difficulties and troubles, but also equip with endless opportunities to become wiser and more compassionate. The Great Realizations is a new English translation and commentary that weaves the teachings of this essential sutra into the larger Buddhist tradition. With teachings on how to find contentment, the importance of diligence, and the benefits of generosity, The Great Realizations is an ideal starting point for those interested in Buddhism, as well as those committed to Buddhist practice.
The Universal Gate
The Universal Gate
The compassionate visage of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, better known as Guanyin in Chinese, has been a source of inspiration and devotion for Buddhists and non-Buddhists for centuries. Offering readers the opportunity to get to know this great practitioner from the Buddhist texts themselves, The Universal Gate contains a new translation of Avalokitesvara’s Universal Gate Sutra, the Buddha’s scriptural account of this compassionate sage and his power to manifest in whatever form necessary to help sentient beings.
Let Go, Move On
Let Go, Move On
Volume five contains a variety of teachings on letting go of our desires. In Let Go, Move On Venerable Master Hsing Yun teaches us how to cultivate contentment and humility so that we can move forward in our lives.

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