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Bells, Gongs and Wooden Fish

Introduction In Bells, Gongs, and Wooden Fish, Venerable Master Hsing Yun grants voices to the objects of daily monastic life to tell their stories in this collection of first-person narratives. From monastic shoes to robes and alms bowls, these everyday objects tell the story of their lives and the life of Buddhism from their own perspective.  Originally published in 1953, the collected sketches are both lyrical and satiric. The collection of inanimate speakers describe and criticize the state of Chinese Buddhism in the early twentieth century in which educating the laity in an afterthought and the day-to-day activities of monastics are dominated by funerary rites.  Bells, Gongs, and Wooden Fish showcases the beginnings of Master Hsing Yun's work as a Buddhist reformer, and describes a path to revolutionize, modernize, and humanize Buddhism that resonates to this day. 

BIES05-The Buddhist Perspective on Life and Destiny

Introduction A catalog of numerous Buddhist teacher’s opinions related to interpretations of destiny.

BIES07-When We Die

Introduction A description of the Buddhist view about what happens at the moment of death and after death.

BIES14-Buddhism and Psychology

Introduction Exploration of Buddhist views of the mind, its operation, and methods for its purification.

BIES17-Looking Ahead (A Guide for Young Buddhists)

Introduction Master Hsing Yun’s message for contemporary Buddhist youth.

BIES18-The Amitabha Sutra and the Pure Land School

Introduction Describes the different Pure Lands mentioned in Buddhist texts and the idea of building a pure land here in this life.

BIES22-On Becoming a Bodhisattva

Introduction A Bodhisattva is someone truly dedicated to delivering all sentient beings from suffering. This booklet introduces some of the characteristics to be developed on such a path.

For All Living Beings (A Guide to Buddhist Practice)

Introduction "Once we realize that we all live in the same community we can let go of our one-sided sense of self and look out for each other. When we know that we are all one, we can see that all living beings are equal, and respect all beings's rights to life." In For All Living Beings, Venerable Master Hsing Yun shows us that the path to a life that is wholesome, peaceful, and filled with wisdom starts with helping others. With humor and a love of storytelling, For All Living Beings teaches us how doing the right thing can make us free, how meditation can open the mind, and how wisdom can enter every part of our lives and lead us to enlightenment.