For over sixty years Venerable Master Chin Kung has been learning the Buddhadharma. For over fifty, with skilful means, great patience, and profound clarity–-and the sincere wish that all beings awaken and find true happiness–-Venerable Master Chin Kung has tireless taught all who wished to learn.
Countless gems of wisdom exist throughout all his talks, writing, and correspondence. The book that you are holding holds just a taste of them. A taste of the Buddhadharma for you to savor.
Liao-Fan's Four Lessons was originally written in the Ming Dynasty of China by Mr. Liao-Fan Yuan. The book was intended to teach his son, Tien-Chi Yuan, how to recognize the true face of destiny, how to tell good from evil, and the method for correcting one's faults and practicing kind deeds. It also provided living proof of the rewards and outcomes of people who practiced kind deeds and cultivated virtue and humility. Relating from his own experience at changing destiny, Mr. Yuan himself was a living embodiment of his teachings.
After reading this wonderful book, one may feel more open and confident towards life, and at the same time, courageously compelled to follow the example of Liao-Fan in changing one's original destiny. Liao-Fan's Four Lessons is truly a rare book which is not only precious to an individual's spiritual needs, but is also capable of transforming unhealthy attitudes in today's society.
LUNDEERIA--THE TALE OF A JOURNEY TO ANOTHER LAND COURAGE AND COMPASSION
Lundeeria: The Tale of a Journey to Another Land, Courage, and Compassion
In this tale of discovery and courage, two Earth children awaken to find themselves not at home in their beds but on a rock in the center of an immense crater on a world called Lundeeria! Everywhere the amazed and frightened children look, they see animals staring back at them, also in amazement. But that's just the beginning for Justin and Emma. As they watch, the animals begin to speak. And what they say seems incredible. While Earth and Lundeeria seem to be very similar, there are two big differences: there are no humans on Lundeeria and all the animals get along peacefully. As Justin and Emma are about to learn, on Lundeeria no animal eats another.
by Shi Wuling (Author), Ann Marie Napoli (Illustrator)
Twenty-five hundred years ago, when the Buddha was teaching what he had awoken to, his world was similar in many ways to our world today. There were great centers of culture, and there were lands of stagnation. There were rulers with great power who thirsted for even more, and there were oppressed people who only wanted to live in peace. There were men who said that they alone held the key to spiritual secrets, and there were those who searched for differ¬ent answers. There were people who had great wealth, and there were those who had nothing. There were people who said we must change, and there were those who denied there was anything wrong. Perhaps that distant land and time is not that distant after all. Greed, anger, ignorance, and delusion are still very much with us. But they do not have to remain with us for each of us has the ability to transform them into selflessness, compassion, and understanding. (From the back cover)
Buddhism is not a religion because ‘belief’ in the Buddha’s teachings is not blind belief, blind faith, and far from superstition. Shakyamuni Buddha taught us not to blindly believe what he tells us, he wants us to try the teachings and prove them for ourselves. The Buddha wants us to know, not merely believe. The Buddha’s teachings flow from his own experience of the way to understand the true face of life and the universe, and show us a path of our own to taste the truth for ourselves. This is much like a good friend telling us of his trip to Europe, the sights he has seen, and the way to go there and see for ourselves. The Buddha uses a perfectly scientific way of showing us reality in its true form.
Author:Shi, Chin Kung.
Title:Essence of the infinite life sutra/Chin Kung Shi.
Foreword:In August 1993, Venerable Master Chin Kung gave an eight-hour lecture series titled Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra at Ta Kioh Buddhist Temple in San Francisco, USA. The Hwa Dzan Lecture Notes Team transcribed the recorded lectures and organized them. In addition, relevant segments from the lectures on the Infinite Life Sutra given in San Jose in June 1992 were excerpted as a supplement.
This compiled transcription was presented to Venerable Master Chin Kung for correction and editing. Titled Lecture Notes on the Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra, it has been published and freely circulated, humbly offered to readers for them to benefit from the Dharma.
Changing Destiny_A Commentary on Liaofan's Four Lessons
Changing Destiny is a commentary on Liaofan’s Four Lessons, a Chinese classic written by a father to his son, imparting what the father had learned in order to change his destiny by learning how to differentiate good from bad, to correct his faults, and to practice good deeds to cultivate virtue and humility. In this contemporary commentary, Venerable Master Chin Kung, an eminent Pure Land Buddhist master, explains how the principles that Yuan Liaofan successfully used in the sixteenth century are just as applicable for people living in the twenty-first century