This is a collection of Venerable Master Hsing Yun’s Essay which reflects on hoe Humanistic Buddhism applies to all aspects of life.
Topics in this book include discussions of ethics, emotions, wealth, happiness, compassion, religion, education, celebrations, nature, government, and our future.
These essays emphasize the importance of how a moment of thought can transform our daily lives to purify our mind and thought.
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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.
"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.