Photo: Master Hsu Yun (Chinese: 虚云; pinyin: Xūyún; born Xiao Guyan; Chinese: 萧古巖; 26 August 1840 (claimed)– 13 October 1959) was a renowned Chinese-born Chan Buddhist master and one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
A stone cave.
That's the ultimate in cleanliness and refinement.
But live alone.
Don't concern yourself with the business of life.
Get a round mat made of rushes.
Take a meditation pose and sit.
Then, the body will become like just so many bubbles.
The wheels of life will roll into timelessness.
When you enter deepest meditation
Your Inner Being will be wrapped in Being,
The great material world will vanish.
How could those grains of sand remain?
(Master Hsu Yun)
'The Lotus Sutra'
By Burton Watson (Author)
Since its appearance in China in the third century, The Lotus Sutra has been regarded as one of the most illustrious scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist canon. The object of intense veneration among generations of Buddhists in China, Korea, Japan, and other parts of the world, it has had a profound impact on the great works of Japanese and Chinese literature, attracting more commentary than any other Buddhist scripture. As Watson notes in the introduction to his remarkable translation, 'The Lotus Sutra is not so much an integral work as a collection of religious texts, an anthology of sermons, stories, and devotional manuals, some speaking with particular force to persons of one type or in one set of circumstances, some to those of another type or in other circumstances. This is no doubt why it has had such broad and lasting appeal over the ages and has permeated so deeply into the cultures that have been exposed to it.'
"Watson's felicitous rendition of 'The Lotus Sutra' captures superbly well the literary essence of the Chinese text. Considering the manifold complexities and beauties of the work, this is a stunning achievement."