The Buddha soon sat cross-legged, upright at the top, gentle eyes looking at his disciples, voice gentle, quiet, full of compassion. “Do you know how long life is after all?” The Buddha looked around at the 1,250 disciples sitting with very bright eyes.
The morning sunlight crept through the dense foliage, illuminating everywhere, making Jetavana Vihara (a famous Buddhist monastery in India) glittering in the new day.
At this time, the disciples who had gone for alms early had returned to the monastery, their steps were slow and solemn, bringing a little noise to the already quiet vihara.
The sun shines on the robes on the disciples, the two entities interfere with each other to create a splendid golden color.
After washing the bowls and hands and feet, the disciples entered the auditorium one by one, spread their carpets in a straight line, took up mindfulness, and prepared to listen. Buddha preach.
The Buddha soon sat cross-legged, upright at the top, gentle eyes looking at his disciples, voice gentle, quiet, full of compassion.
“Disciples, you are so busy begging for alms every day, for what?”
“Buddha, we go for alms to nourish the body, we want to borrow the body to seek pure liberation for life!” The disciples put their hands together and respectfully answered.
Long or short lives are arranged by the law of cause and effect
“Do you know how long life is after all?” The Buddha looked around at the 1,250 disciples sitting with very bright eyes.
“Buddha! the average life of sentient beings goes through dozens of hot and cold seasons.” – A disciple confidently answered.
“I don’t understand the truth of lives really.” The Buddha’s face was a little disappointed.
“Buddha, our human life is like a flower and grass. In spring it sprouts and sprouts, beautiful and brilliant like a brocade, in winter it fades away, returning to dust.” – A disciple said with a solemn face.
“You can realize that life is short and fleeting, but you can only understand the surface of the Buddhadharma.” The gentle Buddha suggested to his disciples.
“Buddha, I think our lives are like ephemeral, soon blooming and dying, only existing for one day and night!” one disciple said in a sad tone.
“You can observe the phenomena of life and death so meticulously, you can say that your awareness of the Buddhadharma has already entered the muscles.”
“Buddha! actually our lives are as fragile as the morning dew, which will immediately disappear when the sun shines.” – A young disciple answered with integrity, his voice clear and resounding throughout the lecture hall.
Contemplating life in the breath to live life to the fullest
“If life is like morning dew, you compare it very well, your understanding of the Buddhadharma has already penetrated into your bones.” Buddha smiled.
In the large lecture hall, the disciples were still enthusiastically discussing the truth, the false, the suffering and the joys of life.
Suddenly, a disciple stood up, leaned to the right, bowed his head respectfully, and said: “Buddha, according to the disciple, life is only as short as a breath.”
As soon as the voice spoke, everyone was shocked, stunned.
At this time, the Buddha said: “That’s right, disciples, life is as fleeting and impermanent as a breath, those who can perceive such are those who truly understand the nature of life. You must cherish and enjoy peace, master every moment of your life, and work hard to strive forward!”
The wisdom dharma sound of the Buddha entered the heart of every disciple.
In this world, nothing is fixed and unchanging, the formation and loss of rivers, mountains, and land; birth, aging, sickness and death of human life… all of these are impermanent and transient phenomena.
Although in Buddhism there is emphasis on the three worlds: Past, present and future, but especially attaches importance to the present.
The present is now, the moment when life really exists. Because life is impermanent, so it is more and more encouraged to practice, grasp and master each actual breath. Only then will we not waste our lives, waste our lives when we come to this world.