Books By Venerable Pingshi
Publication of books and treatise, unhindered knowledge of eloquence,
profound and wondrous wisdom, and extensive propagation of the true Dharma
Venerable Pingshi focuses on and dedicates himself entirely to the welfare and well-being of each and every Buddhist practitioner. He tirelessly writes and publishes books expounding on Buddhist treatises and sutras and gives Dharma lectures in person on a weekly basis. The full dedication and commitment of Venerable Pingshi to spreading the true essence of the Buddha Dharma through his timely book publications on Buddhist wisdom from his personal realization are truly inspirational for all followers. He consistently explicates the Ultimate Reality of the Buddha Dharma with his attainment of the Buddhist wisdom of the tathāgatagarbha. His teachings are far reaching and touch on a broad spectrum of Buddhist teachings, including Chan, prajñā, Pure Land, the Agama sutras, the implicit teachings of the Surangama Sutra, training in higher wisdom in Consciousness-Only, and precept observance. Venerable Pingshi has published more than a hundred books. All his profits from his publications are donated to the True Enlightenment Practitioners Association, thus enabling the association to dispense the Dharma and the activities related to it to the Buddhist devotees, including the gradual expansion of Buddhist centers to accommodate the ever-growing number of Buddhist followers globally. His donations are entirely for the future benefit and spiritual lineage of the Buddha Dharma, and he does not accept any donation for himself.
(English version available)
This book establishes numerous expedients, from beginner-level practices to more sophisticated ones, to facilitate the cultivation and practice of the wondrous Dharma door of Signless Buddha-Mindfulness. The book will assist practitioners of Buddha-Mindfulness who have been practicing it for 20–30 years to no avail attain the state of an undisturbed one-pointed mental focus in a relatively short period of time, and to continue to enjoy such benefit for a lifetime. This book has gone through 39 printings, with over 780,000 distributed copies.
Entering the Dharma-Door of Buddha-Mindfulness
(English version available)
This book is a concise summary of the contents of the Dharma door of Buddha-Mindfulness. It enumerates various expedients to help practitioners learn the proper steps of practicing Buddha-Mindfulness, progressing from an orientation toward sign-dependent mindfulness to signless mindfulness, and then finally to actually realizing the Buddha-Mindfulness samadhi.
The Self and Selflessness
(In Traditional Chinese)
The English version will soon be available.
This book elucidates the correct principles about the Self and selflessness from the perspective of the Buddha Bodhi Path. Buddhist learners will fully understand the secret meanings of the Buddha Dharma either through implicit or explicit teachings or through the principles of the middle way in the Buddha Dharma. They will thus not fall into the erroneous view of the theory of no-cause, which propounds the view of non-self and nihilistic emptiness embedded in the notion of “emptiness of all phenomena.” Buddhist learners will then gradually enter and embrace the true essence of the Buddhist principles. The Buddhist disciples of all the four assemblies will thus be able to withdraw from their attachments to inaccurate teachings even from well-known masters. By aligning themselves with the correct principles about the Self and selflessness and thus attaining direct comprehension of the perfect harmony between the principles and phenomena from the aspect of the Three-Vehicle Buddha Dharma, practitioners will be able to nurture the causes and conditions necessary to progress toward the Mahayana path of vision. After attaining awakening to the True Mind, practitioners will comprehend the true meaning of the following lines: “Within selflessness there is a Self and within the Self there is selflessness. In nirvana, there is a true consciousness, and the Self and selflessness both vanish therein.”
Stages in Cultivating Buddha-Mindfulness Samadhi
(In Traditional Chinese)
Practitioners cultivating the Buddha Dharma should know its various stages and sequences and their proper realignment. This will enable one to employ skillful and expeditious means of attaining the Dharma. The author is compassionate with Buddhist practitioners who wish to realize the Ultimate Reality, and advises them on the principles of shifting and realigning themselves in the search for knowledge about the Ultimate Truth. Employing skillful means, the book teaches practitioners to shift from the practice of the sign-dependent Buddha-Mindfulness to the signless Buddha-Mindfulness. Building on the successful attainment of the ability to practice the signless Buddha-Mindfulness, one will then proceed to enter the practice of Buddha-Mindfulness in the Ultimate Reality.
Perfect Harmony Between Chan and Pure Land
(In Traditional Chinese)
This book elaborates on what patriarchs of the Pure Land School and the Chan School never revealed nor explained: the perfect harmony on Chan and Pure Land practices. This book reveals a short cut to attaining Buddhahood, taking into account the notion of both self-power and other-power at the same time to elaborate on an easy and expediting path from the Pure Land practice as well as an easy and expediting path from the sacred teachings of the Buddha. It enables an enormous number of practitioners from the Pure Land School to alleviate the shortcoming of their slow progress as well as the painful difficulty of attaining realization. At the same time, practitioners drawing from the sacred teachings of the Buddha in the Chan School can employ the same expedited path practiced by those from the Pure Land School and attain Buddhahood in the same accelerated manner.
An Introduction to the Agama Sutra
(In Simplified Chinese)
This book focuses on the connotations of attaining enlightenment. How sound hearers and solitary realizers should practice the Path to Liberation is extensively explained. Venerable Pingshi further faithfully unveils the true doctrines of the sound-hearer Bodhi underlined in the four Agamas, highlighting the principles that are too implicit to be correctly and fully comprehended by Buddhist learners. By following these expositions, the contemporary and future Buddhist learners on the Path to Liberation will be able to distance themselves from their own speculative noumenon, thus attaining the first fruition by truly eliminating their self-view and even attaining the fourth fruition of liberation.
Chan: Before and After Enlightenment
(Two-Volume Series in Traditional Chinese; One Volume in Simplified Chinese)
These books will enable Buddhist learners to strengthen their faith and obtain an accurate understanding of how to practice their faith as they go on the path toward awakening. The sequential practice methods and how to attain enlightenment in the Chan School are discussed in detail. At the same time, these books point out and clarify the subtle mistaken or misleading notions about Chan contemplation, thus helping Buddhist learners recognize the unsound teachings of some masters and further enabling them to attain enlightenment or to realize their True Minds and see their own Buddha nature. Practitioners can then progress toward the stage of the First Ground (first bhūmi) to become a true son of the Buddha through post-awakening cultivations.
The Secret Meanings of the Heart Sutra
(In Traditional Chinese);
Mastery of School Tenets in the Heart Sutra, (In Simplified Chinese)
This book explains the secret meanings of the Heart Sutra. It also expounds on the relationships between the Heart Sutra and the Path to Liberation, the Path to Buddhahood, and the Gong‘an cases from the Chan patriarchs. The real meaning of the Three-Vehicle Bodhi is also clearly explained in plain and simple language so that learners can get a glimpse of the profundity of the true Buddhist Dharma.
The Contemplation of Selflessness in Mahayana Buddhism –
A Special Exposition before and after Enlightenment
(In Traditional Chinese)
This book explains the selflessness of Mahayana Buddhism in terms of the requirements for attaining enlightenment and the sequential stages of practice after attaining enlightenment. Insightful explanations of the differences and similarities between the realization of the Two Vehicles’ Path to Liberation and the realization of the Great Vehicle’s Path to Buddhahood are also provided. The sequential post-awakening cultivation stages for achieving Buddhahood are clearly stated. The book also preaches the various states of direct comprehension that should be personally realized in the bodhisattvaʼs course of practice for each Ground (bhūmi), and the path toward Buddhahood is clearly illustrated.
Mastering the Essence of the Diamond Sūtra
(Nine-Volume Series, in Traditional Chinese)
This book series elucidates the true principle and underlying essence of the Diamond Sutra. The contents of the books totally differ from the direct and literal interpretations of various schools from the past to the present, which merely paraphrase the sutra texts. This series essentially points to the Mahayana path of vision’s direction, principle, and method. Mastering the essences elucidated in this book will assist Buddhist practitioners attain enlightenment and see the path, and will facilitate their practice of the inner-gate (more profound) teachings of the six paramitas specifically for the post-awakening stage. One’s chances of achieving Buddhahood are next to zero if one has not personally realized the prajna of the Ultimate Reality.
A Discourse on the Vimalakīrti Sūtra
(Six-Volume Series in Traditional Chinese; Three-Volume Series in Simplified Chinese)
In these books, Venerable Pingshi extensively elaborates on the Vimalakīrti Sūtra and narrates the state of the wondrous wisdom of the non-duality specific to the Buddha Dharma of the Great Vehicle. The Vimalakīrti Sūtra elucidates the unsurpassed and wondrous meaning of the Mahayana principles expounded and manifested by Vimalakīrti Nirdeśa, a Virtual Enlightenment bodhisattva who displayed ill during the time of the Buddha. This sutra has been the literature of choice and the “magic mirror” (reflective mirror of false enlightenment) of the Chan School. Although the wording of the sutra seems simple and concise, the extent of the meaning is immense. Those who practice and cultivate prajna or seek to attain awakening to the True Mind should apply the true meaning of this sutra when examining themselves. This will enable them to avoid committing the karma of grievous false speech concerning enlightenment due to ignorance. In addition, by employing the true meaning of this sutra, one can correctly adjust the direction and method of one’s Chan contemplation and thus attain true enlightenment.