The Sutras Are a Path; This Path Is a Road to Walk On

In his teachings, the Buddha spoke of the sutras, stating, “The sutras are a path. This path is a road to walk on.” This path is a road, but we have long since lost our way. When we are lost, it is easy to take a wrong step. There is a saying that goes, “A single misstep leads to a lifetime of regret.” Dharma masters teach the sutras so that we can learn to walk this path with ease and reach our destination. People who have lost their way do not know the direction of this path.

The Affinities of Bodhisattvas Are with Suffering Sentient Beings

The Buddha Dharma is not impenetrably profound; everyone can learn it. In fact, we cannot do without learning the Buddha Dharma.
The Buddha Dharma is full of teachings that we can use every day, so integrating the Buddha Dharma in daily life is not difficult at all, and it can make our lives more wonderful.

Walking the Bodhisattva Path

Forming bodhisattva aspirations and walking the Bodhisattva Path are not difficult. The challenge is to maintain a persistent, unwavering resolve and enduring patience.

With Great Loving-Kindness, We Have No Regrets; Our Love Is Infinite

The Tzu Chi School of Buddhism requires us to have loving-kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. “With great loving-kindness, we have no regrets; our love is infinite. With great compassion, we have no complaints; our vows are infinite. With great joy, we have no worries; our happiness is infinite. With great equanimity, we give with no expectations; we realize infinite gratitude.”

With Sincerity, We Vow to Deliver All Sentient Beings

We need to cherish our causes and conditions, maintain our resolve, give rise to deep faith and understanding, take the Dharma to heart, and put it into action.

The Jing Si Dharma Lineage is a path of diligent practice. We must inwardly cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and steadfastness.

The Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters

Although the text of the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters is relatively short, its contents encompass the essence of the Buddha’s teachings, making this sutra an optimal entry point to the profound Buddha Dharma. For Chinese readers, the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters can be compared to the Analects of Confucius. Apart from helping people to establish their own ways of thinking and norms of personal conduct, it guides practitioners in their contemplative practice.

Teachings and Commentary on the Earth Treasury Sutra

The Sutra of Earth Treasury Bodhisattva’s Vows, also known by the abbreviated title, The Earth Treasury Sutra, is classified as one of the Mahayana sutras. This sutra primarily focuses on explaining filial piety, the law of karma, and the practice of great vows as exemplified by Earth Treasury Bodhisattva. Although the sutra text is easy to understand, the principles it contains are profound.

Teachings and Commentary on the Sutra of the Buddha’s Bequeathed Teachings

This sutra describes the Buddha’s instructions to his disciples before he entered Parinirvana. When the Buddha entered Parinirvana, the disciples were to regard the precepts as their teachers. Moreover, they were also to distance themselves from anger, arrogance, and so on. He encouraged everyone to have self-discipline and to remain diligent in their spiritual cultivation.