Practice Resources

“Life is transient. You must steadily carry on with your practice like dripping water penetrating a rock.”

– Last words of the Buddha before he passed into Nirvana

The Basics of Practice

PRACTICE Q&A

What is 1000-Day Practice?

PRACTICE Q&A

Why Do We Do 108 Prostrations?

PRACTICE Q&A

What is “Chamhoe”?

PRACTICE Q&A

Why Do We Meditate?

HOW TO

How to Bow and Sit

Texts

Words for Practice

The root of all suffering and attachments is within ourselves.

Those who don’t make the effort to closely reflect upon their own lives mistakenly believe that suffering and attachments come from the outside.

Our attempts to find happiness and freedom by searching various religions, attending many temples and churches, and visiting different teachers are to no avail because the path to peace of mind can never be found outside of our minds.

No matter what kinds of problems we may have, if we reflect deeply, we realize that the root of our afflictions is within us and that the mind itself is empty. With this realization, our suffering naturally disappears.

Nevertheless, we still hold onto our opinions and make distinctions of right or wrong, thereby bringing all manner of suffering upon ourselves.

Once we free ourselves from our attachments, our suffering will immediately end. 

Chamhoe (Repentance)

When we look outwardly, our anger, frustration, hate and resentment often seem to be caused by others.

However, upon introspection, we realize that those feelings arise in us because we are caught up in the notion, “I am right.”

When we realize that nothing is inherently right or wrong in the Dharma and let go of the thought, “I am right,” all of our suffering and karmic hindrances will disappear.

Gongyanggyesong
(Offering Prayer)
Blessings of the universe in every drop of water,
Efforts of all people in every single grain,
Blood and sweat of a weaver in every thread of cloth.

With this water,
With this food,
With this clothing,
I diligently practice the Buddha’s teachings.

I vow to be free from all suffering
and to become a Bodhisattva,
returning the grace to all beings.

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