Month: March 2017

A Response

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A Response

Winter moon of morning 
Lingers in the dawn 
Reflection on the sun 
Sends its light along

Rippling on water
In waves of peaceful flow 
Dancing on a palette
Its song for us to know

I am not the source 
But one who eye can’t see
Creator of all things 
Of purpose set for me

I’m but a response 
Of gifts poured from above 
My prayer for you this day

To reflect my love



Our Avatamsaka Dhyāna View of the Sentient World

Avalokiteshvara yidam

Our Avatamsaka Dhyāna View of This Sentient World
Experience the Impermanence of all actions in our everyday life.
Wake up to the fact that all thoughts and intentions are void of substance.
Be one with and listen to the harmonious unstruck sound of silence of Om in Nirvana before you breathe out your last and final breath of life.
In the never ending shifts and flows of the Dharma realms wake up and come to the inner-standing and realisation that the original nature of all causes and conditions is substantively void.
From your humble gardener Venerable Sakya M. Longyen

The Nature of All Dharma

TruthThe Nature of All Dharma
By Venerable M. Sakya Longyen
15 March 2017

The Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Adornment Scripture) says:
That the nature of all dharma is omnipresent without form at all times past, present, and future in each and every sentient being and in each and every realm with no exception.

Thus whosoever knows that all phenomena are but the manifestation of one’s own nature knows and sees them as Buddha does. – Venerable M. Sakya Longyen

A State and Act of Contemplation

‘Kuan’ is both a State and Act of Contemplation

The word ‘kuan’ as used in Chinese Ch’an practice and in esoteric practice carries different meanings respectively.

In Ch’an practices, it is a noun, meaning a realized state of contemplation manifested after a practitioner has eliminated all his illusions through the practice of vipassana or Ch’an. Such a state can be manifested as heterodox or orthodox, or as imperfect or perfect. The practitioner must then follow the guidance of his guru, carefully compare his realized state with what is written and taught in the sutras, and adhere to what is orthodox and perfect so as to enter the state of samadhi in real life.

In esoteric practices, however, the word ‘kuan’ refers to an act of immersing oneself in a physical and mental state so as to achieve contemplated reality. The practitioner puts himself in real life situations to carry out such an acts of contemplation according to esoterics. Thus esoteric Buddhism emphasizes ‘kuan’, both in action and at rest.

Moreover, in esoteric practices, special emphases are placed on the arrangement of the altar and use of mandalas. The four main classes of mandalas used in esoteric practices are (1) the maha-mandalas, representing the Buddha statue or image, (2) the Dharma or seed mandalas, representing the seed syllables of the mantras as embodiment of sutra texts, (3) the samaya mandalas, representing the instruments and mudras used in the ceremonial practices, and (4) karma mandalas, representing the descriptions or expressions of actions and accomplishments of of the Buddha having the function of cause and effect. All of such mandalas are used in association with mudras, mantras, and Dharma texts, forming the ‘triple dharma seals of one reality’ by uniting the body, speech, and mind. A practitioner is thus able to enter the state of the Dharmakaya.

V. M. Sakya Longyen
Huayen on Indra’s Net


The Avatamsaka Garden That Is Unique – The Avatamsaka Macrocosm
Our Avatamsaka Garden is a sacred garden where people gather to share life experiences and to learn to live life to its fullest potential just like flower in full bloom. Every tree, every blade of grass here is the crystals of members’ life experiences. The gardener, through his or her own words, sings to the world their songs of life. There is harmony in the air inside the garden and no one is more important than anyone else. The classics, history, philosophy, literature, poetry, songs, prose, letters, notes, lessons and sports that grow in our garden are diverse but do not overshadow one another. They grow under the same wind in Spring and equally share in the colours of Nature in Autumn. There are no restrictions as to the forms and categories of the text you write except that no writings may be defamatory. Come and be the first to grow a beautiful garden of flowers for yourself!
From Your Most Humble Gardener
Da Huayen Monastery Taiwan
Ven. M. Sakya Longyen
臺灣大華嚴寺釋隆嚴 合十

When the elephant meets the dinosaurs


When the elephant meets the dinosaurs

Have you seen an elephant? It is really huge, like looking at a moving wall. Other small animals must be very afraid to see one. To the pussy cat, the little dog and rabbit, this huge monster is absolutely inconceivable. They would scramble for hiding as soon as they see an elephant coming. There is no way they can be friends.

However, everything is relative and always a comparison in this world. Not only is the elephant huge in size, it is also exceptionally strong. It can easily crush us to meat paste with one stamp of its feet. But looking at it from another perspective, what if the elephant meets a dinosaur?

Holy macaroni, the dinosaur must think the elephant very cute, like a live cotton stuffed doll, and very much wants to hug and kiss it, or keeps it as a darling pet for their baby dinosaurs!

So how should we look at an elephant? Should we call it a gigantic, dangerous, awe inspiring, or should we call it peace loving, pacifying, naive and pure? In fact, there is no right or wrong answers. It really depends on how you look at it.

When we relate to people, the same is true. One of my women friends is rumoured by her colleagues as being “a little too bitchy.” When the rumour is heard by her husband, he is startled. The same woman in his eyes is a tame and loving wife who will do anything he wants. She is really like an oasis in a desert to him, and she gives him and the family unlimited supports.

Why then is the same woman looks so different to her husband and her colleagues? The answer is very simple. This husband of hers is even more emotional, quick-tempered and unpredictable than her.

In other words, to the lady’s colleagues, the woman is an elephant, but to the woman, her husband is the formidable dinosaur. That is why they are happily married.

If the elephant has never met the dinosaur, it will be the greatest among all animals; if the dinosaur has never met the elephant, it will be very lonely.

Such special relationships are known as ‘perfect matches.’ One plus one does not necessarily equal two. Pairing a handsome man with a gorgeous woman does not necessarily bring true and lasting love. On the contrary, negativity negates negativity and generates positivity. When the shrew meets the beast, we have a lasting marriage.

Our parents used to examine the dates of births of would-be couples, or resort to looking at the stars combinations in astrology to determine whether the couple is compatible. There is much wisdom in this ancient but dying practice.

你见过大笨象没有?哗,真的很大,相对着一堵活动的墙。其他的小动物,一定更害怕了, 对小猫、小狗、小白兔等来说,更是不可思议, 远远看见要赶快走避,根本没法做朋友。
换句话说,在同事眼中,她是“大象”级数,却不知道,他的丈夫才是更可不怖的“恐龙”, 难怪,这两个人做的成夫妻,而且多年恩爱。
要是大笨象没有遇上恐龙, 相信会威震一方,而要是恐龙没遇上大笨象,亦相信会非常寂寞。


不念佛不生极乐,不贪爱不堕娑婆。众生忌果而菩萨忌因,世人甘嚐苦果而不能自拔,菩萨慈悲不忍睹其痛苦,是故倒驾慈航,以其万德庄严功德建造普度大船,欲 救有缘也。和尚苦海浮沉,何尝未嚐过欲生欲死的情爱?自知人身难得今已得,佛法难闻今已闻,此身不向今生度,更待何生度此身。