One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
YOU AND THE WORLD
the d.o.m.: When you die will the world die with you or no?
Visitor 1: No, not. It dies without me.
the d.o.m.: To die means to nirvana, like the Buddha did. Why don't you want to die? You want some more time to practice to die. Right?
Visitor 1: Practice is practiceless. When time ends practiceless ends.
the d.o.m.: It is told that there is some special method of practice in Tibet: death practice. It will directly take you to nirvana instantly. Would you like to try that method of practice?
Visitor 1: But first you should tell me the truth...
the d.o.m.: Oh! You want the dom to tell you what the truth is. Why didn't you let him know sooner? But it doesn't matter [Right? 'Doesn't Matter'?]. It is like this:
- I shall die afterall. - You shall die afterall. - He will die afterall. - She will die afterall. - It will die afterall. - They will die afterall.
This is the absolute truth, isn't it?
Visitor 1: This time, it is you who needs more time.
the d.o.m.: Of course, for someone like you.
Visitor 2: The DOM is many things but he is not a liar. Tibetan Buddhism recognizes the natural fact that human beings tend to avoid admitting death as an immediate threat in their own lives. Indeed, this refusal to acknowledge the imminence of death and impermanence is regarded in Buddhism as a fundamental cause of the confusion and ignorance that prevents spiritual progress. Spiritual growth is achieved not by cowering from death, but by confronting it head on. Therefore, to facilitate confrontation with such raw reality, Buddhism offers several detailed meditative strategies. These death meditations enable Buddhist practitioners to engage seriously the truth of impermanence and, in turn, to comprehend the true nature of human existence. Mindfulness of death engenders both control and freedom; it brings about control in the sense of curbing the desire for permanence and security, and it promotes freedom by offering the meditator an enduring glimpse of the Buddha's liberating wisdom. The clear advantages of regularly contemplating impermanence and death make such meditations supreme among all the various types of Tibetan Buddhist mindfulness training. Taking the practice seriously helps to inspire further spiritual endeavor, overcome the delusions of permanence and immortality, and increase the probability of a virtuous life? and death? experience.MU
the d.o.m.: No. He is not many but the All.
Visitor & the d.o.m. 10/31/03
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