Hsuan Hua

American Buddhist monk (1918-1995)

Hsuan Hua (宣化法師; Xuānhuà Fǎshī; born Bai Yushu; April 16 1937) was a Chinese Buddhist monk, teacher, and major contributing figure in bringing Chinese Buddhism to the United States in the late 20th century. He is the founder of Dharma Realm Buddhist Association (DRBA).

Hsuan Hua


  • Education is without beginning or end. There is not a single location that is not a place of learning, and there is not a single moment that is not a time for learning. (DRBU website)

One Thought Ten Dharma Realms (1972)

  • If you want to understand,
    All Buddhas of all times,
    Observe the nature of the Dharma Realm:
    Tathagatas are made only from the mind. (p. 1)

Spring Sun, Lotus Flower: Quotes From the Teachings of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua (2004)

  • When a proper person practices deviant dharma, even the deviant dharma becomes proper. When a deviant person practices proper dharma, even the proper dharma becomes deviant. (p. 5)
  • “The spirits and immortals of old had no special tricks; they were simply happy as could be, and they never worried.” This should be the motto of all cultivators. (p. 29)
  • All afflictions are based on selfishness. That is why we have so much anger and so many troubles. (p. 33)
  • Don’t get scared when you hear me call television, radios, and computers “man-eating goblins.” No need to be afraid. My hope is that you will clearly recognize these things for what they are. Once you recognize them, those electric gadgets lose their power to confuse you. But if you’re confused by them, then they can gobble you down. (p. 67)
  • When you reach the end of the mountains and rivers, You are free to roam throughout the Dharma Realm. (p. 86)
  • In the Buddhadharma, equality is found even in the realm of the Buddhas. All Buddhas are equal. It is not that some Buddhas are bigger than others, some taller and some shorter, some better and some worse, some lighter and some darker. All Buddhas are in accord and they have no mutual obstruction. (p. 133)

Handbook of Bodhisattva Precepts for Laypeople (2007)

  • If we understand the Precepts, we will be able to enter deeply the entirety of the Buddhadharma. If we do not understand the Precepts, then we will drift like clouds in the sky, devoid of any foundation. (p. xvii)
  • ...most people find it harder to give money than to slice off a piece of their flesh. (p. xvii)

The Chan Handbook: Talks About Meditation (2012)

  • When silence reaches an ultimate point,
    the light penetrates everywhere. (p. 26)
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