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The Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance is a well-known text in the Chinese Buddhist tradition. It was written by Tang Dynasty practitioner Master Wu-da after an encounter with the force of karmic retribution that manifested as a human-faced boil on his knee. Having personally experienced the inevitable results of karma, Master Wu-da wrote this text to caution future generations and make clear the necessity of repentance.
 
Master Cheng Yen taught The Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance for five consecutive years in hopes that people would better understand the principles of repentance practice and apply Dharma-water to wash away the impurities in their hearts, thus approaching her goal of purifying people's hearts.
 
With the wisdom gained from applying the Buddha-Dharma as the founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, Master Cheng Yen brings out the teachings of the Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance for modern readers. Her teaching of the Water Repentance not only promotes Great Vehicle repentance practices but also establishes a unique model for her disciples to follow. By integrating the Tzu Chi spirit into the teachings of the Water Repentance, she sheds a new and unique light upon the Buddha's teachings and makes them relevant for modern living.

 
'A Sutra is a path; this path is a road to walk on. '
 
In 2003, Dharma Master Cheng Yen became deeply concerned by the natural and man-made disasters occurring in the world, such as the Iraq war and ARS epidemic. Seeing the fear and panic spread by these events, as well as the suffering and destruction of human and animal life to which they led, she felt the need to introduce Tzu Chi volunteers to repentance practices. Master Cheng Yen hoped to inspire her disciples to enter deeply into the Buddha's teaching and gain a deep understanding of the workings of karma, especially the tremendous power of collective karma. Then they would be able to comprehend and take responsibility for the karma they were creating in the world.
 
Therefore, she began giving a series of lectures on the Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance. Master Cheng Yen's explanation of the text brings these concepts into our modern lives. For Master Cheng Yen, Bodhisattvas are not statues in a temple but ordinary people with the motivation to help others. To purify their afflictions, Bodhisattvas must work together with other sentient beings, helping them unconditionally while eliminating the negative habitual tendencies which manifest. This is the practice of cultivating blessings and wisdom.
 
Dharma as Water consists of three volumes, which is a compilation of five years of lectures. It follows the sequence of the Water Repentance as written, interjected with stories, ancient and modern-day, to illustrate those teachings.
 
The division of Dharma as Water's three volumes is slightly different than the division of the original chant. The first volume of the book is an introduction followed by an explanation of how to cultivate the Seven States of Mind that are used in repentance practice. The second volume covers the Obstruction of Afflictions. The third volume covers the Obstruction of Karma and the Obstruction of Retributions. Each chapter of the main teaching begins with a selection of text from the Water Repentance over a gray background, and is followed by Master Cheng Yen's explanation.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in Cingshuei Township, Taichung County, Taiwan in 1937. When she took refuge with Venerable Yin-shun in 1963, he gave her six simple words of instruction, “For Buddha’s teachings, for sentient beings.” In 1966 she established the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. She continues to tirelessly work to help people realize the Buddha’s compassion and the joy of the Dharma in their lives.
 
Under Master Cheng Yen’s kind and compassionate leadership, the Tzu Chi Foundation has grown into an international Buddhist charity recognized for its compassionate relief efforts. Following the teachings of the Tzu Chi School of Buddhism and the Jing Si Dharma lineage, the foundation’s four major missions are Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanistic Culture. These missions, along with International Relief, Environmental Protection, Community Volunteerism, and Bone Marrow Donation, comprise the Eight Great Dharma-footprints. Tzu Chi volunteers work directly with people in need, providing comfort and aid with the spirit of Great Love that transcends boundaries of race, nationality, and religion.

  • Coverpage
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface to the English Edition
  • Translators’ Note
  • Introduction
  • Origin of the Water Repentance
  • The Meaning of Opening this Lineage
    • Opening the Dharma-door to Repentance
  • Entering the Repentance Practice
  • Main Teaching
  • The Beginning Of The Water Repentance
  • The Causes that Give Rise to Transgressions
    • The Foolish Actions of Ordinary People
    • Committing Transgressions and Breaking Precepts
  • The Conditions for Eliminating Transgressions
    • Pay Respect to the Three Treasures
  • The Three Obstructions that Arise from Transgressions
  • DEVELOPING THE SEVEN STATES OF MIND
  • Introduction to the Seven States of Mind
  • Developing a Sense of Remorse
  • Developing a Sense of Fear
  • Developing a Sense of Renunciation
  • Developing Bodhicitta
  • Impartiality toward All Beings
  • Repaying the Buddha’s Grace
  • Contemplating the Empty Nature of Evil
  • No One Can Bear Painful Retributions for Us
  • Openly Repent and Hide Nothing
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