Dharma Master Cheng Yen was born in 1937 in a small town in Taichung County, Taiwan. When she was twenty-three years old, she left home to become a Buddhist nun, and was instructed by her mentor, Venerable Master Yin Shun, to work “for Buddhism and for all living beings.”
In 1966, she founded a charity, which later turned into the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, to “help the poor and educate the rich”—to give material aid to the needy and inspire love and humanity in both givers and recipients.
In recent years, Master Cheng Yen’s contributions have been increasingly recognized by the global community. In 2011, she was recognized with the Roosevelt Institute’s FDR Distinguished Public Service Award and was named to the 2011 TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people.
The Compassionate Samadhi Water Repentance, also known as Water Repentance, written by Tang Dynasty Dharma Master Wu-da, is an explanation of the power of karma and the strength of repentance. It catalogues the innumerable afflictions and obstacles that Bodhisattva-practitioners encounter on their journey of spiritual practice. And it presents a practice of repentance to eliminate these obstacles.
Dharma as Water consists of three volumes. It is a compilation of five years of lectures taught by Master Cheng Yen. 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. 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. It is hoped that people will come together to study and practice these repentance teachings, and in doing so, bring purity to their minds and to the world.
Preface to the English Edition
Origin of the Water Repentance
The Meaning of Opening this Lineage
Opening the Dharma-door to Repentance
The Text of the Water Repentance
Transforming Negative Conditions into Positive Conditions
Tzu Chi Is a Bodhisattva Training Ground
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
A Sense of Remorse
A Sense of Fear
A Sense of Renunciation
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