Heart Sutra 心經

heart sutra 心經

 

何謂從心而改?過有千端,惟心所造;吾心不動,過安從生?學者於好色、好名、好貨、好怒、種種諸過,不必逐類尋求;但當一心為善,正念現前,邪念自然污染不上。如太陽當空,魍魎潛消,此精一之真傳也。過由心造,亦由心改,如斬毒樹,直斷其根,奚必枝枝而伐,葉葉而摘哉?

 

Translation:

Lastly, what is meant by changing through the heart? Though a person’s faults can amount to thousands of different types, they all stem from thoughts of the mind. If my heart is still of thoughts, then actions will not arise, and faults can be avoided. If your heart is rooted in vices such as desire, fame, profits, or anger, you don’t have to find ways to get rid of each fault. All you need is a sincere, kind heart and the willingness to practice kind deeds with all of your mind. As long as your heart is virtuous and kind, then naturally your mind will not generate any improper thoughts. All mistakes stem from the heart, therefore, one should change from the heart. It is like getting rid of a poisonous tree. If you want to put an end to it, you must uproot it altogether so it cannot grow again. Why exert yourself to no avail by pulling out its leaves one by one and cutting it twig by twig?

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