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Footprints on the Journey: Loquat Fruit -Khenpo Sodargye
« on: November 23, 2016, 02:58:15 pm »
Loquat Fruit

Due to the El Niño effect, the spring weather has turned out to be very hot and humid, almost like midsummer.

On the street, I caught sight of a vendor carrying a basketful of golden fruit. Embellished with green leaves, the fruit looked so juicy and fresh, making one’s mouth water. I had never seen anything like it, and learned after inquiring that they are called loquats. I peeled one open and put it in my mouth. A refreshing and delicious juice filled my mouth—yum! Such tasty fruit must be the treat of the god realm! After a little bargaining, I brought dozens at quite a steep price and hurried home with them, thinking to savor them with my readings.

Turning the pages of the Great Biography of Buddha Shakyamuni, the White Lotus, I read this: “How many people in the world will enjoy everlasting happiness? How many people in the world will suffer endless miseries? How many have never experienced suffering? After attaining happiness, how many have enjoyed it forever?” Indeed, throughout the journey of life, there will be happiness, but suffering will be there as well. Whatever one’s identity is, one is bound to taste the assorted bitter sweetness of life. A person of wisdom therefore must meet life’s vicissitudes calmly: neither becoming arrogant with success nor discouraged by failure. The French philosopher La Rochefoucauld says that the happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune, mirroring this ancient saying:

Misfortune, that is where happiness depends;
Happiness, that is where misfortune underlies.

We can see that all things are but relative. Everything is impermanent.

Therefore, whenever we are seized with intense emotion of pleasure or pain in a happy or sad moment, we should look squarely at its essence. This is the most crucial, most powerful way of practice.

While entertaining these thoughts, I forgot completely my plan to enjoy the loquats. Yet from a book I have tasted something more delicious than the exquisite fruit. The teaching is the most delectable loquat in the world, it will never rot, and it is ready to be savored even a hundred or a thousand years later.

11th of March, Year of RenWu
April 23, 2002

 


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