Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The BUDDHA in your home

Here's something about Filial Piety. Back several days ago i shared with my young sis in Ind. I hope this will touch her soul.

Once upon a time in ancient China, a young man by the name of Yang Fu said good-bye to his parents and embarked on a trip to Sichuan (more popular known as Szechwan). His goal was to visit the Bodhisattva Wuji (literally meaning "limitless" or "without boundary"). On his way there, he encountered an old monk.
(Bodhi means great awakening or enlightenment; sattva means "being." Bodhisattva therefore means someone who possesses great wisdom or compassion.)
"Where are you going?" the monk inquired. Yang Fu replied that he was going to study under Bodhisattva Wuji.
"Seeking the Bodhisattva cannot compare to seeking the Buddha," asserted the old man. Yang Fu agreed with this, for although Bodhisattva Wuji was a person of great wisdom, the Buddha was the absolute paragon of enlightenment for which there was no equal.
Yang Fu then asked the old monk where he could find Buddha, and the old monk surprised him by telling him that the Buddha was at that moment in the house he left not too long ago - his own home. Yang Fu wondered how he would recognize the Buddha. The old monk seemed to have the answer to that one as well:
"When you get home, you’ll see someone wearing a blanket with shoes on backwards coming to greet you. Remember, that is the Buddha."
Something about the old monk’s certainty convinced Yang Fu, and so he hurried home. By the time he got there, it was already the middle of the night.
His mother had already gone to bed, but when she heard her son knocking on the door, she was beside herself with happiness. Like all parents, she had been worried sick about her child’s safety on such a long journey. She rushed out to greet him immediately. She grabbed her blanket rather than to put on a coat, and in her joyful haste was totally oblivious to the fact that she had put on her slippers the wrong way.
Yang Fu took one look at his elderly mother and saw the look of pure happiness on her face. Recalling to mind the monk’s words, he became suddenly enlightened.
A wholesome thought from within the mind, a simple delight in a simple thing... these are the essence of Zen. They help us transcend the limits of our mortal selves and material obsessions. Something uncomplicated yet profound, like the croak of a frog, can cause us to suddenly experience a spiritual awakening or enlightenment... and win another piece of the puzzle known as Soul Growth.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books - a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.
--- Albert Einstein

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own commonsense.
---Buddha (563BC-483BC)

"I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed on me by my own reason. I am conscious of my own inability to grasp, in all its detail, and positive development, any very large portion of human knowledge. The greatest intelligence would not be equal to a comprehension of the whole... I receive and I give — such is human life. Each directs and is directed in his turn. Therefore there is no fixed and constant authority, but a continual exchange of mutual, temporary, and, above all, voluntary authority and subordination." ~ Mikhail Bakunin

"There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors."
J. Robert Oppenheimer, quoted in Life, October 10, 1949

In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
--- Galileo Galilei