Posted on: May 25, 2022 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

Looking at the Buddha, each person sees the Buddha differently, because each person’s circumstances, thoughts, and understanding are different.

Looking at the Buddha with the naked eye, the Buddha is Prince Siddhartha who is intelligent, gentle, beautiful in appearance, and has extraordinary health. But he gave up the high life and entered the forest to practice asceticism. After that, he abandoned this wrong practice and went to Bodhgaya to meditate under the Bodhi tree and spent 21 days according to Theravada Buddhism, or 49 days according to Northern Buddhism, he attained enlightenment and attained enlightenment. Unsurpassed Righteous Enlightenment. Since then, the Buddha came into life, to all sections of society to teach people to have a clear, peaceful and happy life. At the age of 80, the end of his birth in the world, the Buddha entered Nirvana. Such is the life of the Buddha with the simple view of mortals.

But the first monk Assada had the wisdom to see that the Buddha was not ordinary. When the crown prince was still in his cradle, he saw that he was the Buddha, the omniscient Great Saint. That is the view of a cultivator who has the wisdom eye to see inside people.

On the surface, everyone is the same, but on the inside, each person’s bad karma and good roots are completely different. Inside there is an evil nature like a virus, although it can’t be seen with the eyes, its harm is extremely great. On the contrary, people with compassion think that life will radiate holy energy to make people happy. Therefore, when we look inside, we can see the real person.

The statue of the newborn Buddha at the headquarters of the Enlightenment newspaper

I believe in the bodhisattva’s blessing

To see the real inner person of the Buddha is to see him descend from the Tusita heaven, or the Lotus Sutra says that the Buddha became a Buddha a long time ago, but he appeared in human form to guide people to walk on me. the way to liberation from the suffering of birth and death.

Indeed, the Buddha asserted in the Lotus Sutra that people with heavy karma cannot see the Buddha, so he must manifest his body like them, renounce the world, leave home, attain enlightenment, preach the Dharma, and enter Nirvana in order for them to receive it. Human life is short, everything is impermanent, giving birth to boredom, penetrating Buddhism.

In other words, it can be compared to make it easy to understand that the Buddha played the role of an actor who appeared on the stage of life so that he could play the role of the crown prince to practice, attain Buddhahood and attain Nirvana. But actually he was a Buddha and put on a human shirt, so people thought he was an ordinary person like everyone else.

The Buddha affirmed that Prince Siddhartha was the son of the Shakyamuni family who was born and died like everyone else. As for the Buddha, he is eternally immortal in the world of True Retribution, which humans cannot see and cannot enter this real world. Therefore, in order to save all beings, he had to take on a human body, become Crown Prince Siddhartha, renounce the throne, practice to become a Buddha, and then devote himself to thousands of life paths to teach the teachings of enlightenment and liberation. He said that the things that needed to be done in this life, he had done, those who deserved to be saved, he had saved. Perfectly completing the salvation of birth, he returned to Nirvana and returned to the eternal and immortal world.

The Buddha taught that human life is full of suffering and joy in the endless cycle of birth and death, which is due to the impact of ignorance of karma. Indeed, since we do not see things properly, we only see them according to our ambitions, but things never always turn out the way we want them to. Evil karma created but want to enjoy sweet results certainly never get. It is necessary to create a good cause to enjoy the sweet fruit. Therefore, the Buddha reminds us to stop all evil deeds, do all good deeds and have compassion on sentient beings.

Expressing this spirit, commemorating the Buddha’s birthday, we have a Buddha Bathing ceremony called Moc Duc. Bathing Buddha, we look at Buddha statues, think about Buddha. And to look according to the Mahayana is to see with wisdom, to see with the dharma eye to see the Buddha is different than seeing with the naked eye, only seeing an inanimate statue.

With wisdom eye, dharma eye saw the Buddha born from the waist of Holy Mother Ma Gia, standing on a lotus, one hand pointing to heaven, one hand pointing to the earth and walking on seven lotuses. The newly born crown prince walked seven steps, who would believe? Only the wisdom eye and the Dharma eye can be believed.

Personally, sometimes when I look at the sky, I see a beautiful cloud floating as if there are gods. I think it’s seeing with faith, with wisdom eye it’s different from normal seeing, which is closing your eyes to see. Normally you have to open your eyes to see. But to close your eyes to see is to see in Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration.

In the verse bathing Buddha said that when Buddha was born, 9 dragons appeared to spray water to bathe him. If it is said that on Buddha’s birthday, the weather is cool, then it makes sense. But it is difficult to believe that there are nine or nine dragons that spray water to bathe the Buddha. However, by faith derived from good roots, there are 9 dragons who have bathed the Buddha. Or it is also said that under the Lumbini pond there is a red dragon that sprays hot water and a black dragon that sprays cold water to form a warm stream of water to bathe Buddha.

And looking with faith, I also saw that there were gods in the sky, gods appeared to celebrate Buddha’s birthday, as well as the scenery in Lumbini garden at that time was brilliant with beautiful fruits to welcome the birth of great people. In other words, the auspicious energy from the crown prince’s body radiates to make people cool and peaceful. Personally, I also have experience when I meet a true monk, I feel strange calm and cool energy.

When we do the Buddha bathing ceremony, the first bucket of water is poured over the Buddha’s left arm and vows that I will cut off all bad karma. From now on, I never think, speak or do evil to create good energy. Those who strictly follow such vows will be blessed by the Buddha family and at peace.

A second ladle of water was poured over the Buddha’s right arm and vowed that he would do all good deeds.

The third bucket of water poured over the Buddha’s feet and vowed to save all sentient beings. This vow is not easy. The Buddha said that one must practice the Bodhisattva path and become a Buddha in order to save sentient beings. Therefore, the Lotus Sutra teaches the vow of peace. That is, we have a vow to save sentient beings, but our status is small, so saving sentient beings is a great thing for a Bodhisattva, we have not been able to do it.

Recalling when I was a beginner, I had this vow, but Venerable Tri Tinh reminded me that the vows of the Buddha and the Bodhisattvas could not be fulfilled. You have to worry about becoming a Buddha to save sentient beings. If we don’t cut through greed and hatred, we can’t help others. Maybe bring your greed, hatred and delusion to vent to others. Cultivating to have a pure mind, we say to make the listener’s heart cool. Therefore, the Buddha’s Dharma is not to be argued with, but can only be said to those who want to hear it. On the path of cultivation, one must remember to put an end to all evil deeds, to do all good deeds and to save all sentient beings.

We pour three buckets of water to bathe the Buddha’s body, remembering that the Buddha made such a vow and he did so to become a Buddha. Out of compassion for sentient beings, the Buddha appeared in humans to save us.

We wash the Buddha image with water, not the Buddha, because the Buddha has become a Buddha, the Buddha is clean of karma, he does not need to take a bath.

We bathe the Tathagata who is the Tathagata on the slope still bound by the five aggregates. That is, we bathe the Buddha thinking about washing our own dirt, also wishing to clean it for others because all are covered by the five impurities. The five dregs are the stagnation of life, the dregs of view, the stagnation of afflictions, the stagnation of sentient beings, and the stagnation of life.

It is because these five impurities act to make us think wrong, see wrong lead to wrong action, so we have to suffer the consequences of suffering. The Buddha said that we have the same insight as him, but we cannot develop the lucid quality because we are blocked by the five aggregates.

Therefore, only the water of merit and virtue representing the Buddha-nature or the divine-truth nature of man can cleanse the dirt of sentient beings. This water of merit I take from my pure nature to wash all the dirt of sentient beings so that they can realize the Tathagata’s body. And I am determined to wash away these five impurities so that I too can become a Buddha.

And going further, we say that history records that Buddha was born in Kapilavastu, passed away in Kosina. That is the Buddha’s birth and death no more. But after washing away our impurities, we see the Buddha appearing in this life as the Buddha who was not born in Kapilavat and the Buddha who did not pass away in Kosina. It is the Buddha who is neither born nor destroyed, who is the true Buddha. And Buddha’s birth and death is the manifestation of Buddha.

The new Buddha, who is neither born nor destroyed, is the master of Taba. Currently, he is still the leader of Taba and he is still guiding sentient beings in Taba. And the Lotus Sutra says that some people see the Buddha, and there are people who do not see the Buddha because greed blinded them. The Lotus Sutra gives an example of a person who has been blind since childhood, so whoever says that there are many colors, they will not accept it, because they can only see black.

The Buddha appeared like a good doctor who cures blindness, he invented four medicines, which is the Dharma of the Four Noble Truths. Using this medicine, he was blind and able to see before he said he had seen all and knew all. But the fairy added that he could see what was in front of him, and what was behind or away from the wall, he couldn’t see, how could he see everything. He followed the immortals to practice, promote wisdom and become a Buddha, then he saw everything correctly.

The second example, the Lotus Sutra talks about a good physician who cures many diseases and he has many children, implicitly referring to the Buddha as the Unsurpassed One with many disciples. A disciple of a Buddha or a child of a Buddha whose words, thoughts, understanding and actions are not like the Buddha. Buddha’s children are not like Buddha, like children of a rich family who rely on their parents for a lot of money and power, no one dares to touch them, they just play and do nothing. When I studied in Japan, I met many young masters like this, whose parents sent money to study, but they spent squanderingly, and did not pay for their studies. While people with poor material conditions, they have to work while studying and still be successful.

Doctors give medicine is the Four Noble Truths, warm boys refuse to take medicine, just play for pleasure, study hard, it’s too bitter. The doctor must think of a way, say that he has business…


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