Category: Huayen School

The Meaning of Life

In and of Life, only this moment is true.  When the conditions that make up this very moment is gone, life becomes an illusion.  So at each and every moment, we have to live seriously; for each and every thing we do, we must do so seriously; and for each and every person we meet, we must treat them seriously because “conditions come and go and when they are gone, illusions set in and the truth is no more.”  Do not let yourself regret what is deemed to be too late.  Time passed is past, and we can only look to the future.  The most precious and the very thing we need to cherish is this very moment — Life is a serious of kSaNa (in Sanskrit (क्षण ), and the meaning of life is to make every single moment count.


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


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




Do men cry to release their emotions? What do women think of men who do so? There are many people who are not sure how to communicate their emotions and so they repress them. They appear detached, distant, and cool to the point of unable to feel intense passions such as love, sadness, or joy, but really they are hurting themselves. That being said, there are wolves in sheep’s clothing that see a woman’s vulnerability as a chance to make a pass on her.

I’m a Buddhist monk of the Huayan tradition. The Huayan Sutra, or Avatamsaka Sutra in Sanskrit, was the first Sutra Buddha spoke simultaneously to all beings in myriad worlds of the universe, right after his enlightenment. I experience various types of releasing in the throat chakra area, such as crying. Through my Buddhist meditative practice, I see the nature of attachments and that emotions are attachments. By letting emotions go, we free ourselves from such attachments. However, being human means we all have emotions. Emotions like loving-kindness, compassion, and benevolence are good, while greed, jealousy, spite, vengeance, and hatred are bad.

Buddha was extremely ascetic to the point of defying Death right before His Enlightenment. He looked like a dried-up skeleton in a brown skin bag. In this Latter Day of the Dharma when true Buddha Dharma is on the decline, I see that Tantric Buddhist monks are self-indulgent people surrounded by young girls and women. And when a tantric Buddhist monk seeded a female disciple and fathered a son, the son would be like his father.

Ashley Men are human beings who should cry. I don’t judge men for needing that release. I’ve seen a lot of men cry. I wish there wasn’t a stigma attached to it.

I like men who are comfortable being emotional. It’s when we try to detach ourselves from those feelings that we create deeper issues. My boyfriend gets shamelessly misty during movies.

Leanna I tend to suppress my emotions so I don’t cry much, when I do cry I lock myself away from everyone.

Mark Here’s one thing about women regarding men crying. They believe it’s OK to cry, it’s a human thing and it is OK, but when a man does that, they don’t like him.

It’s been my experience, women do like traditional masculinity. Most women, because there’s always anomaly. You wouldn’t believe how many women like masculine men. My estimate is at least 80% of all female population.

Women, simply aren’t attracted to a man who’s mentally weaker than them, it’s in their DNA. Imagine this, you have a crybaby boyfriend, do you really consider him to be the father of your child who would protect his family in the time of danger?

Maria Nothing wrong with crying. I think there is a problem if a person doesn’t cry to release pain and emotions. The inability to form attachments, deep and meaningful relationships is a sad off spin to this.

If I see a man crying, my instinct is to hug and comfort him. This has nothing to do with like or sexual attraction. It is the human instinct to comfort someone in their time of need. One can’t have sex with everyone just because they are male.

If it was someone that I was in a relationship with or considering having a relationship, him crying would not put me off. Men are taught that it’s a sign of weakness if they cry. It maybe true some women might be put off. These type of women are generally not loving or nurturing types. Thankfully, we are not all the same.

There’s huge difference between men who cry and show their emotions and men who are that submissive. A man who is masculine but shows his emotions is not weak. He is in touch and comfortable with himself and has the ability to express hurt. This takes maturity.

斯薇 I dislike crying and emotions but I love emoji. 😂😂

Jaesun I do but hardly when it’s super emotional that it needs to be released like a volcano. And when it’s so, I will be alone and cry it out and let it out of your system.

Phi I cry, I rant, I beat, I do a lot of things. It’s like a rainbow of emotions.

JunSu Emotions are diverse and we should let them be if we feel the need. Now if we want to avoid one, we must change our way to think about the things that can make us cry, for exemple, then the emotion will disapear, or just be expressed in an other way. No need to force it. Just change you point of view.

Where Light Abide

the-flower-ornament-scriptureWHERE LIGHT ABIDE

THUS I HAVE HEARD. A one time the Buddha was in the land of Magadha, in a state of purity, at the site of enlightenment,  having just realised true awareness. The ground was solid and firm, made of diamond, adorned with exquisite jewel discs and myriad precious flowers, with pure clear crystals. The ocean of characteristics of the various colours appeared over an infinite extent. There were banners of precious stones, constantly emitting shinning light and producing beautiful sounds. Nets of myriad gems and garlands of exquisitely scented flowers hung all around. The finest jewels appeared spontaneously, raining inexhaustible quantities of gems and beautiful flowers all over the earth. There were rows of jewel trees, their branches and foliage lustrous and luxuriant. By the Buddha’s spiritual power, he caused all the adornments of this enlightenment site to be reflected therein. – Excerpt of the Avatamsaka Sutra, a translation by THOMAS CLEARY