From the Buddhist perspective, the root cause of suffering is ignorance. We suffer because we do not understand the impermanent nature of all existence. This is why the Eightfold Path that Buddhists strive to follow includes "Right Views." That is, we all have to try and dispel our ignorance, or "Wrong Views."In his life, work, and lectures, Venerable Master Miao Lien worked tirelessly to expound the Right Views, and to guide sentient beings to change their mistaken perspectives. The Buddhist Perspective on Life is a collection of the Venerable Master's teachings given for the benefit of all beings. May it help all to awaken their minds.
In publishing this book, Lingyen Mountain Temple’s wish is that everyone can take up the Venerable Master’s challenge and “make the courageous resolve to help others as well as your¬self to obtain liberation.”
“You don’t think you can’t do it,” the Venerable Master said, “because you feel you are just an ordinary person and dare not make great vows.”
Let A Compassionate Life inspire you to cultivate your Mind of Great Compassion courageously and continuously, so we can all follow the Venerable Master from this sea of suffering to the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Such is the brilliant guidance of one of the greatest Pure Land Masters who attained his profound understanding through actual practice. Herein lie not only the elements of study and practice, but also aspects of both the phenom¬enal and noumenal worlds, as well as the vast, compas¬sionate vows of the Venerable Master. May all who read this book attain rebirth in the Western Pure Land.
We look to Guan Yin Bodhisattva–not simply to solve our everyday woes; rather we must constantly recite the Bodhisattva’s name with sincerity and respect, as the Sutra teaches. That will reduce our greed, anger, and ignorance and nurture our pure Bodhi minds. Then we will find a deep accord with Guan Yin Bodhisattva and, like the Bodhisattva, reach out with empathy and compassion toward all sentient beings. Cultivating Compassion with Guan Yin Bodhisattva indicates which sutras to study to learn more about Guan Yin Bodhisattva and clarifies frequently asked questions about the Bodhisattva’s form, merits, and virtues, and aspirations for the liberation of sentient beings.
Relying on Guan Yin Bodhisattva’s meritorious virtues and sincerely reciting the Bodhisattva’s name, or the Great Compassion Mantra, can also lead to rebirth in the Pure Lands of Ten Directions, including Amitabha Buddha’s Western Pure Land. Focus on both Amitabha Buddha and Guan Yin Bodhisattva and you can be assured a future life of Ultimate Bliss.
Lingyen Mountain Temple invites readers to open their hearts to the compassion of the Bodhisattva. May we learn to hear the cries of the world like Guan Yin Bodhisattva and deliver all sentient beings to the Ultimate Bliss of Buddhahood.