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Footprints on the Journey: Question and Answer -Khenpo Sodargye
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Question and Answer

A Dharma Teacher in Minnan Buddhist Academy asked me today: “Does the Buddha still perceive sentient beings after having attained Buddhahood?” This is a question many Buddhists often raise. Some people say: “An enlightened Buddha has eliminated all perceptions of self and of beings; therefore, to him there are no sentient beings to be seen.” Still others wonder: “How can the Buddha tame sentient beings if he does not perceive them?”

The answer to these questions can be stated as follows: To the enlightened Buddha, in his wisdom that knows the nature of all phenomena, all appearances are indistinguishably equal; to him there are neither forms nor beings. In his wisdom that knows the multiplicity of all phenomena, the Buddha knows every thought and idea of all sentient beings; however, to him there is neither confusion nor clinging.

Tulku Dewopa, once cared for by Lord Maitreya, is a renowned contemporary Tibetan siddha from whom our Choeje (King of Dharma) Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche had received teachings. In the shastra Discerning the Views of Sects, the Tulku cites teachings from Pandita Rangjung as examples: There are two persons in a room; the first person is dreaming while the second one, who has the psychic power of knowing other minds, is awake. The second person sees the first one’s dream with no clinging because he clearly knows it is a dream. Should the dreamer have a nightmare and suffer tremendously, the second person can through his miraculous power enter the dream, dispel the horror, and wake up the dreamer. In the same way, the Buddha knows sentient beings’ conceptual thoughts and their perceived phenomena. The Buddha has no attachment and, with his skillful means that suit each individual, leads all beings gradually onto the path of liberation.

Even Bodhisattvas who have advanced to the level of bhumis cannot fathom thoroughly the wisdom and qualities of the Tathagata, what needs to be said of ordinary people with conceptual minds? Master Dharmakirti says it well: “The wisdom of the Tathagata is just inconceivable.”

Only through strong faith and scriptural evidence can one comprehend the ultimate wisdom of the Tathagata. It can never be resolved by the thinking and reasoning of a conceptual mind.

12th of March, Year of RenWu
April 24, 2002

 


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