Diamond Sutra Recitation Group
The core idea and spirit of the Diamond Sutra Recitation Group is to cultivate the mind by planting merit (blessings of good deeds) and practicing reverence toward Lord Buddha, for our ego and karmic hindrances melt away only when generating reverence. And we practice the Housekeeping of the Mind in our daily lives at home, school and work.
Housekeeping of the Mind
- Practice the mind of covering up faults in others as if they were your own; practice the mind of looking for faults in yourself as if they were faults in others.
- When you see a fault in someone else, realize that it is your own fault you are seeing.
- Practice the mind of seeing everyone as Buddha.
- Practice the positive mind that accepts the feelings of others by answering “Yes” to whatever they say.
- Practice the mind of giving to everyone you meet.
- Practice the mind of offering up your arising minds to Buddha by reciting “Miruk Chon Yorae Pul.”
Wandering thoughts lead to a poisonous, vengeful mind, and angry mind lead to disasters.
The concrete way to cultivate the mind is to look into one’s mind and offer up the arising 84,000 discriminations to the Future Buddha Miruk Chon Yorae Pul (Tathagata Maitreya). This is the practice derived from the third chapter in the Diamond Sutra and the main teaching of the Diamond Sutra Rectitation Group.
The headquarter Diamond Monastery is a place for full-time practitioners. Following the teachings of Master Kim, the practitioners get up at three o’clock for the morning practice which consists of reading the Diamdond Stura and reciting “Miruk Chon Yorae Pul” for three hours. They eat two vegetarian meals a day and spend the remainder of the time diligently planting merit. They attend evening practice at seven and go to bed at nine. During the morning and evening practices they strive to learn Buddha’s teaching as if they are actually in front of the Buddha, listening from him directly, and to make a habit of practicing what they have learned.
Practitioners of the Diamond Monastery do organic farming in order to self-support themselves, and also produce and sell traditional Korean foods such as sesame oil, bean paste, and soy sauce. Profits are used to serve Lord Buddha's work, thereby helping the Dharma Seekers plant merit. The Diamond Monastery is full of bright energy of Buddha. As a result, anyone's tinted mind is eased away just like a drop of black ink is dissolved into the sea.
Also outside the monastery, members of Diamond Sutra Recitation Group in Korea, Germany, England, and U. S. are devoting themselves to the practice of cultivating and enlightening the mind by daily reading the Diamond Sutra seven times a day and practicing the teachings of Lord Buddha and Master Kim.
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