One Thought Ten Dharma Realms
Verses composed and explained by Venerable Master Hsuan Hua at Gold Mountain Monastery, San Francisco
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十界一心 Ten Dharma Realms in a single thought,
不離當念 We find them only here and now;
能覺此念 Awaken to this very thought:
立登彼岸 Just then we reach the other shore.
This concise and engaging book opens our minds to the various realms of existence in the Buddha’s teachings, describes their psychological landscapes, and serves as a travel guide for those on their spiritual path to awakening.
The talks begin with the sagely realms, and then dives into the six realms of rebirth of ordinary beings.
With the explanation of each Dharma Realm comes the instructions as to how we may ascend, or descend into lower realms, based on our everyday thoughts, actions, and deeds.
"Don’t look lightly on these verses: The Ten Dharma Realms are Not Beyond a Single Thought. One thousand years from now, many people may wake up simply by reading them."
- Venerable Master Hsuan Hua
One of the most eminent Chinese Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, the Venerable Master Hsüan Hua (Xuanhua, 1918-1995) was a monastic reformer and the first Chinese master to teach Buddhism to a large audience of westerners on American soil and overseas.
During his long career he emphasized the primacy of the monastic tradition, the essential role of moral education, the need for practitioners to ground themselves in traditional spiritual practice and scripture, and placed great importance on the respect and understanding of different religions.
Master Hua was a wonderful storyteller with a great sense of humor, a kind father figure who gave encouragement when times were hard, and a strict teacher who held his disciples to high standards. Throughout his life, he hoped to serve as a bridge for other to walk on, so that they could move from confusion and suffering, towards wisdom and happiness.
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"The book is easy to read, quick to finish, yet extremely meaningful. It definitely resonated with me while I read it, and its timelessness seemed to speak to the current time in the world now. I deeply appreciate the breakdown of the Dharma Realms. I definitely learned a lot in such a short text!"
- Amazon Review
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Print copy details:
Paperback: 91 pages
LC: BQ4570.C6 H7613 2019
Publication Date: March 2019.
Publication Date: May 2020.