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Footprints on the Journey: Moonlight - Khenpo Sodargye
« on: August 29, 2016, 11:14:38 am »
Moonlight

The last twilight in the western sky vanished with the setting sun. With silence all around, I waited for the evening curtain to roll out so that I could enjoy by myself a peaceful night in spring. This, it turned out, was just my wishful thinking. Suspended in the high void was a bright full moon that sprinkled a fine layer of silver dust over houses, trees, and the garden. It was exactly as described in the poem:

So long as there is water in the rivers,
Even if there are thousands of them,
The moon will be reflected in each.
So long as the sky is unobstructed by clouds,
No matter how many thousands of miles it spans,
It is all clear sky.

In the pond, washbasin, or even puddles from the rain, there appeared this round bright face, as if screaming to be picked up. No wonder the folklore of “Moon-Capturing by the Monkeys” came into existence.

Indeed, regardless of how many water containers there are on the ground, all will reflect the same beautiful moon as long as the water surfaces are clean and calm. Similarly, regardless of how many people there are on earth, as long as they visualize the Buddha with a pure mind, the Buddha will appear in front of them to bestow blessing, dispel suffering, and bring happiness.

The Jewel Heap Sutra (Ratnakuṭa Sutra) says: “Should anyone think of the Buddha with faith, the Buddha is there, right in front of them, constantly granting his blessings and freedom from all harm.” Hence to think of the Buddha is very meritorious. The King of Concentration Sutra also says: “Whoever recollects the Buddha while walking, standing, sitting, or sleeping will always be in Buddha’s presence, and will attain vast accomplishment.” People may wonder: How could the Buddha come to us the moment we think about him? Such manifestation is made possible by our minds being absolutely pure and by the power of Buddha’s great compassion. A Treatise on Finding Comfort and Ease in the Nature of Mind says: “Due to the power of our innate purity and the power of Buddha’s great compassion, the Buddha will approach us and grant whatever is desired just as we visualize him.”

As Buddhists, if we let a day go by without thinking of at least once of Buddha Shakyamuni, we should feel ashamed. We should constantly reflect on the adamantine words of the scriptures, which will bring us vast benefit in dispelling obstacles, establishing faith, and enhancing wisdom. On the other hand, if the vessels of our faith were turned upside down, then neither the moon reflection nor any form of the Buddha would ever appear to us.

15th of February, Year of RenWu
March 28, 2002

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Re: Footprints on the Journey: Moonlight - Khenpo Sodargye
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2016, 02:13:53 am »
Moonlight

As Buddhists, if we let a day go by without thinking of at least once of Buddha Shakyamuni, we should feel ashamed. We should constantly reflect on the adamantine words of the scriptures, which will bring us vast benefit in dispelling obstacles, establishing faith, and enhancing wisdom. On the other hand, if the vessels of our faith were turned upside down, then neither the moon reflection nor any form of the Buddha would ever appear to us.

15th of February, Year of RenWu
March 28, 2002

I don't think 'ashamed' is a good word at all. The quality of our lives may be lessened, certainly. Shame doesn't enter into it unless you qualify the word, placing it in context. We should perhaps feel annoyed at ourselves for not doing so, but not feeling that we have done something dishonorable or degrading. Maybe it was too hard a word  :wink1:
“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” Franz Kafka

 


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