(Book 223 Stories of Supreme Spiritual Responses《無上殊勝的感應》「2012年9月9日彩虹雷藏寺開示」)
(A dharma discourse given by His Holiness Living Buddha Lian-sheng on September 9, 2012 at Rainbow Temple, North Bend, Washington, U.S.A.)
Translated by Janny Chow
A US Daden Culture Publication
(continued from pg A7 , TBN issue # 1150)
This is because all celestial bodies are inter-related and exert influence on each other. The earth and all other planets within the solar systems have their own course and are maintained in place by various forces. If these forces are disrupted, the revolution and magnetic field of earth will change completely and the human world will be destroyed. At that time, the Wisdom of Equanimity will indeed manifest! No more gratitude, no more hatred, no more love, no more animosity, no more grievance. There will be no more anything. Everything becomes oneness and transforms into the Great Perfect Mirror Wisdom. Cultivators will enter the Buddha’s Pure Land or attain Buddhahood instantaneously. Isn’t it wonderful? To me, the end of the world is a great peaceful bliss! Whether it means the same thing to you, I do not know.
As a cultivator, what do I think of so-called family members such as parents, siblings, spouse, children, and grand children? Of course, we have sympathy for them. After all, my grandson and granddaughter, Lu Hong and Lu Jun, are so young, under ten years of age. But that is good too, since they have not yet started to ponder the meaning of happiness and suffering. To them, it will also be a great blissful state when the world suddenly goes out in a blast. Therefore, Hevajra has no worries. He does not feel sad nor does he have woes. What is there to be sad about when the world comes to an end? Let’s say there was to be one survivor only. He would find himself without tears as well! What is suffering? In that one flash, all has vanished. There is no pain. It is not pain, as it visits everyone equally. What is disaster? There is no disaster either. In the blink of an eye, everything is destroyed. It is only disaster from the perspective of man. I have cited the moon as an example. If there were typhoons, rainstorms, fires, volcanic eruptions, or earthquakes on the moon, let me ask you, are those disasters? No. Do such lunar events have anything to do with you? You would not feel disastrous about them. Therefore, do not worry. There is no disaster, there is also no pain, sadness, grief, fear, nor any other delusional thought.
I have told this story before: A man entered a beef noodle shop and asked the owner, “Boss, why is there no beef in this beef noodle soup?” The owner answered with perfect assurance, “When you eat moon cake, do you expect to find the moon inside the cake?” There is of course no moon inside a moon cake, just as there is no “lao po” 「wife」 inside a lao po bing 「melon or “wife” cake」, nor sun inside the tai yang bing 「sun cake」.
(to be continued)