Dharma for life
標題
Pointing to the Nature of Mind
日期
2008-06-24
Pointing to the Nature of Mind
By Cheng Chen-huang




    As pointed out clearly by Master Hui Neng, the sixth patriarch of the Chinese Ch’an School, “How wonderful it is that the nature of mind is originally pure! How wonderful it is that the nature of mind is originally full of all qualities! How wonderful it is that the nature of mind is originally un-movable! How wonderful it is that the nature of mind has originally neither arising nor disappearing! How wonderful it is that the nature of mind can produce all phenomena!”

 

     The nature of mind is pure and free of all descriptions in terms of its essence, yet clear and transparent in terms of its appearance, and full of love and compassion in terms of its function. In other words, the nature of mind is the foundation of all virtues and good qualities. If we can fully utilize the nature of mind, we can benefit both ourselves and all living beings. However, it is obscured by our ignorance, greed, hatred, jealous, prejudice, and other emotions.

 

     Therefore, the mission of our life is to re-discover our nature of mind. The way is to pacify our wandering mind by means of the moral living, meditation, and observation. All religions walk on the similar way, in particular Buddhism has diversified and practical approaches to point to the nature of mind.

 

     Amala Association is a new-born yet fundamentally originated group composed of lay Buddhists. Its noble mission is to promote lay bodhisattva path by emulating the male and female lay Buddhists nobles Vimalakirtic and Srimala. Amala means no-defilement or no-suffering and no-ignorence, i.e. the nature of mind. Thus, Amala Assocition is an organization of no-suffering and no-ignorence.