In this book the concept of “mountain, sea, sky, man” is used to express the “four realms of reality” of the Huayan school of Buddhism. Mountain corresponds to the realm of individual phenomena; sea corresponds to the realm of nonobstruction
between principle and phenomena; sky corresponds to the realm of the one principle (śūnyatā) ; and man corresponds to the realm of nonobstruction between phenomena, The same correspondence is expressed in the following verse:
From the sacred mountain of Huayan, entering the realm of reality; conventional truth is spoken in the realm of individual phenomena.
Returning to the essence through the sea of Vairocana; Buddha is the realm of nonobstruction between principle and phenomena.
The universal Dharmakaya is ineffable; in the realm of the one principle the essential nature is emptiness itself.
The vows of Samantabhadra span the three times; the realm of nonobstruction between phenomena—this is the Bodhisattva practice.
Dharma Master Hsin Tao
The founder of Ling Jiou Mountain
Soon after ordaining as a Buddhist monk, Master Hsin Tao began to emulate the spirit of Guanyin. Through many years of practicing austerities in lonely places he attained deep insight into the illusory and transitory nature of the world.
In his ongoing efforts to promote the ideals of respect, tolerance, and universal love, Master Hsin Tao has also established a number of affiliated organizations, including the Prajna Cultural Foundation, the Dharma Supporter Association, the MWR Foundation, and the Ling Jiou Mountain Charity Foundation. Upon its establishment in 2001 the MWR became the first state of the art museum in the world dedicated to promoting interreligious understanding and harmony. In 2002 Master Hsin Tao inaugurated the Global Family for Love & Peace, an international nonprofit organization working in the areas of interreligious cooperation, disaster relief, and the preservation of sacred sites.
The spiritual teachings of Master Hsin Tao center on meditation (wisdom) and social service (compassion). Thus the practice at Ling Jiou Mountain emphasizes the compassionate power of Guanyin and putting into practice the guiding principle of “A life dedicated to others is a life well lived.”