The life of the Buddha demonstrated the wisdom of the Fully Enlightened One, the virtue of the Master of Gods and Men, and the extremely holy deeds of the Great Saint. And the Buddha’s teachings are still of absolute value, bringing immense benefit to mankind.
Reading the history of Buddhism, we know that more than 2,500 years ago, Buddha existed in the world as the son of King Tinh.
Sanskrit and Queen Ma Gia. However, if we look closely, we see that he is a very special prince, different from the princes of this world. Indeed, history books record that he had extraordinary strength, superhuman intelligence, perfect martial arts, perfect general and boundless compassion for people. Having full power and the highest material life in the world like that, he didn’t care, shook off all the peaks of human life, to find a way to liberate life and death for himself and for all. all sentient beings. After 11 years of living a holy life in the deep forests of the mountains, with perfect wisdom and determination to find the path of immortality, he attained the state of Supreme Enlightenment after 21 days of thinking under the Bodhi tree. . Therefore, he is honored as the Sublime One, the World-Honored One, the Buddha, the Great Teacher of Gods and Men, and in fact in this life, before and after him, there is no one who has attained this fruition. such supreme taste.
From there, let’s think about the motivation that motivated him to do things beyond human ability, that is, beyond the governing laws of the three realms to penetrate the eternal and immortal world. The scriptures affirm that it is the sambhogakaya, combined with merit and wisdom, that creates the Buddha, a transcendent human being. This idea was clearly taught by the Buddha himself in the sutras French Flower that “In the past, I practiced the bodhisattva religion, feeling that my life span has not ended yet, but is even greater …” That is, the Buddha went through the process of cultivation for countless kalpas, accumulated into a human His second life, called the Sambhogakaya and the Sambhogakaya, has not only not ended, but has grown.Indeed, the Buddha’s birth body ended in life thousands of years ago, but the Buddha’s life span does not end. In other words, the Buddha’s birth body has long been absent, but the Buddha’s sambhogakaya, or meritorious wisdom body, is still present and growing stronger and stronger. , all Buddhist disciples practice is to find the sambhogakaya Buddha, to live with the eternal and immortal sambhogakaya, and to grow their own sambhogakaya until they achieve the perfect sambhogakaya like the Buddha.
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Why is the sambhogakaya Buddha still eternal and always evolving beyond time and space? It can be asserted that the sambhogakaya Buddha has no end, remains eternally, because the sambhogakaya Buddha is always intimately associated with all dharmas, and dharmas are always present, so the sambhogakaya never ends. . At the same time, the sambhogakaya Buddha combines with the dharmas, transforming the dharmas into the Buddha body, which is called the eternal and immortal dharmakaya.
This idea is appreciated Hoa Nghiem describes that nothing that is not Buddha is Buddha, that is, Buddha is not outside of dharmas. The dharmas are the Buddha, or dharmakaya when the dharma is penetrated by the sambhogakaya.
Back to the scriptures French Flower, Dharmakaya is considered the worldly general permanent. For example, a person has a deep belief in the Buddha and imagines the Buddha to paint a picture of the Buddha or make a statue of the Buddha. And by faith, people see the Buddha image and think it’s Buddha. Terrible Hoa Nghiem called unknowingly preaching the Dharma, because stone statues or paintings can’t preach the Dharma, but because of the influence of faith, they think of the real Buddha and develop the mind to practice and attain the Way; that is the Dharmakaya Buddha.
According to the Mahayana spirit, the Buddha exists forever in this world, that is, the Buddha is eternal in everyone’s mind, thoughts, and deeds, and he also exists in all phenomena called dharmas. . Therefore, we clearly see that the Buddha is present throughout the five continents and four seas, everywhere there are pagodas and stupas to worship Buddha, there are schools teaching the Buddha’s Dharma, some people abide in the Buddha’s teachings, there are people who volunteer to guide the Buddha’s teachings. lead others to live in the spirit of the Buddha’s teachings, and together light the Buddha’s lamp in the world to build a life full of love, understanding, harmony, peace, and liberation for mankind.
Celebrating Buddha’s birthday, we review the image of Buddha Shakyamuni that existed in this world more than 25 centuries ago. The life of the Buddha demonstrated the wisdom of the Fully Enlightened One, the virtue of the Master of Gods and Men, and the extremely holy deeds of the Great Saint. And the Buddha’s teachings are still of absolute value, bringing immense benefit to mankind.
Therefore, the Buddha’s sambhogakaya, or the Buddha’s merits and virtues, is still a guide to guide everyone’s steps, that is, it still has a beneficial effect on everyone, everything, and all dharmas and has transformed everything. both become the Buddha Dharma, the Dharma body of the Buddha. And since all dharmas are eternal, the Buddha’s dharmakaya also lives unceasingly on the endless stream of human time.
All the three aspects of Buddhism under the newly developed Mahayana Buddhist perspective can be summed up in one sentence of Theravada Buddhism that, The Buddha Dharma is still present in the world.
HT. Thich Tri Quang