(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 # 1151)
Therefore, to a spiritual cultivator, disasters, pain, sadness, grief, fear are simply “nouns.” When one cultivates and realizes emptiness, when one is enlightened, there are no worries. One succeeds in cultivation when one has no worries. “You have no more disasters, pain, sadness, grief, or fear because Hevajra is firm, indestructible, eternal, undying, and a state of great bliss. This Vajra deity and his consorts know Emptiness and understand that everything is created out of Emptiness.” This is a very important statement [refer to chapter 25 of Grand Master’s book 201 Emptiness within Great Bliss – Exposition on Hevajra]. Everything is created out of emptiness!
I will tell the tale of a family who often played mahjong. In Chinese, playing mahjong is also known as “swimming.” One day, a child in this family started school and his father tried to teach the child Chinese characters. He wrote the word for mouth and asked his son, “What word is this?” The son replied, “Bai Ban.” The father wrote the character for east and asked the son what word he had written, and the son said, “Dong Feng.” The father became upset and slapped the son! Hitting a child is not allowed in the United States, but it is allowed in Taiwan and China. Pai! A hand print with five fingers mark appeared on his face! The son looked into the mirror and started crying, “Why did you put the Wu Tiao on my face?” This is a mahjong family. Chinese love playing mahjong. Do westerners play mahjong too? Some of them do. A five fingers print looks like the mahjong tile Wu Tiao, and the character for mouth is the mahjong tile Bai Ban.
We can intuit that the meditative stability of Hevajra is one of perfection. He has great power, symbolizing great, peaceful bliss. This is an important statement: There is neither creation nor destruction. The process of cultivation has no beginning or end. When you see a flower, you know the flower is fragrant. When you have Hevajra, you will have true great peaceful bliss. When you have inner fire, there will be light and heat. Why do we cultivate? For the great peaceful bliss or great bliss. By practicing the inner fire, you will engender light and heat which will lead to the complete opening of the central channel and the five chakras. You will see Buddha-nature. Why do we cultivate qi? With qi, you can engender bliss. Why do we cultivate qi? With qi, you can engender inner fire. Why do we cultivate qi? With qi, you can maneuver drops to descend. From qi, channel, drops, and inner fire, you can engender a concrete state of great bliss that will lead to realization and enlightenment 「ming xin jian xing」.
Om Mani Padme Hum.