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One day of the Buddha

Update: 27/02/2008
 

One day of the Buddha

 

aying ‘one day’ is already much enough because to Tathagata\r\nBuddha only one minute means his present time. And ‘one minute’ is also much to\r\nhim because his present does not include any voice of time. The Buddha has made\r\nthe manifest of himself in the world - that is, he comes to living beings\r\nwithout having to count on the fingers of our hand to know what time that\r\nmoment is. That is why we can say that one day of the Buddha is a peaceful and\r\njoyful day.  

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Late at night when all the monks sat in meditation, the\r\nBuddha also did it and when the monks left out meditation, so did the Buddha.\r\nThat means what the monks did; the Buddha also did it or where the monks were,\r\nso was the Buddha. But, the Buddha is the Buddha, for the heart of Tathagata is\r\nthat of a great master who has attained enlightenment, a total enlightenment\r\nwhich has been transformed right in our life. That is to say the Buddha could\r\nnot have been separated from human beings to attain Buddhahood. That is why the\r\nBuddha loved us and had a favour of gratitude received from us, living\r\nbeings.  

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In the morning, before coming out of the state of dhyana,\r\nTathagata used his eyesight view to observe the world so as to know who is the\r\none who sowed the before conditions with him of old days. And once having\r\nmastered this, Tathagata walked to such a person. The Buddha liked to walk\r\nalthough he could fly. All through his life, aiming at transforming people by\r\ninstruction and rescuing all beings, the Buddha did not want to start anyone in\r\nsurprise even it was the case of a great mind like Sariputra, one of the ten\r\ngreat disciples of the Buddha, or the slowest one like Suddhipanthak, or the\r\nkind-hearted one like Anathapindika, or the heartless one like Angulimala  -  the\r\nBuddha could stay close to and convert them by the great righteousness and\r\ngenerosity of himself.  

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Once having helped somebody work out his own salvation, the\r\nBuddha silently embraced his alms-bowl and went to another alley, going on with\r\nhis begging for food as prescribed by this rule. Tathagata did not say a word,\r\nbut his title resounded like thunder. The World Honored One, the most honored\r\nbeing in the world, led a homeless life and in a foreign land for living\r\nbeings. Suddhodana, the father of the Buddha, shed in tears but, in\r\ncompensation the entire reigning king’s court was shining with Buddhism light.\r\nThe Buddha came from house to house, knocked at each heart-door to show the\r\nliving beings which right road to take and on which to return. At the age of\r\neighty the respected master’s shade still spread on Vesali citadel. But his\r\nshade in the old days became shrunk in conformance with his old age, which made\r\nhis impression not fade - being the impression of altruism.

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2/At noon, the Buddha had a meal before lunch-time. Then he\r\npreached a short talk and together with his entourage thought of the gratitude\r\ntowards their alms-givers. Afterwards, he withdrew himself into his dwelling\r\nplace for a short rest. When he woke up, he entered his great compassion power\r\nand then used his mental outlook to observe the masses, especially the bhiksus\r\nwho had gone into the jungle to practise their meditation. If necessary, the\r\nBuddha directed his help to them so that they might reach the result of the\r\nBuddha-way or Nirvana. 

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In the evening, good believers came to listen to his Dharma\r\npreaching for about one hour. The Buddha preached on the livelihood of the\r\nmass. All listeners thought that he talked directly about their situation as he\r\ntalked on his policy known as “In the dogmas of Tathagata there is no difference\r\nin social ranks between the rich and the poor who have the same salty tears and\r\nthe same red color of blood” As a result, all the listeners shared the same\r\nbenefits and saw that the Buddha understood them very much. 

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Once the Buddha paid a visit to his parents and gave a talk\r\nto the royal family. At that time Yasodhara, his previous wife, was still\r\nsecretly angry with his previous husband for having left his family for his own\r\ncultivation; she, accordingly, did not show up to see him, just flickered herself\r\ninside. She overheard of his talking about the worldly ties of which kissing\r\nand cudling was the most dangerous thing of all. This made her thought that he\r\nwas mentioning her and realised that he wanted to refer to only her, and so she\r\nbecame less and less angry with him when she saw that he still thought of his\r\nprevious wife and their child, and so she started listening to his preaching.\r\nLater on, she was one of the daughters of a high mandarin who participated in\r\nthe rank of a saint female disciple and was most beloved by Tathagata. This\r\nshowed how attractive the Buddha was!

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The Buddha’s Dharma was therefore like a bright moonlight\r\ntenderly spreading over the China-India sky more than two previous thousand\r\nyears. This will also continue until many more thousands in the future. 

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In the evening, from 6 to 10 o’clock, the Buddha reserved\r\nthis period of time for the monks to freely raise any questions they had\r\nsuspicions about anything or about topics on meditation. Not a seal around the\r\ngarden, just the master and his students inside, but the secluded and quiet\r\nspace became a serious and respectful wayplace. Countless religious methods\r\nwere brought out from here  -  is that right that thanks to\r\nthese that many monks were able to quickly attained the experience of\r\nenlightenement? Writing up here, I recall the poem praising the Buddha composed\r\nin the past by the poet named Truc Thien, which is as follows:

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“He stiil sat here,
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His breath stopped each of the echoes,
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His innermost feelings stroke each of the shadows,
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His hands held each of the waves tight,
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His view swept up each of the thin spaces,
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Making each piece of ignorance fall down on the filled-up\r\ncourtyard,
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How beautiful this scenery was! 
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From ten o’clock to midnight it was the period when all the\r\nangels or gods were gathered to Buddha and/or asked him about the Dharma. At\r\nthis time, normal eyes from an ordinary people cannot see anything clearly.\r\nThis has still been recorded in a sutra as follows, “At that late point at\r\nnight, there was a son of heaven with a very bright halo came by the side of\r\nthe Buddha, respectfully bowed to the Buddha and then stood aside,...” Many\r\nanecdotes relating the oral between the World Honored One and the sons of\r\nheaven have been recorded repeatedly in the volume named Samyutta Nykaya (of\r\nthe Agamas sutra).

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The last night watch - from two to six o’clock A.M.  -  was\r\ndivided into 4 phases. The first one, from 2 to 3 A.M., the Buddha made a\r\nmeditative walking tour. The second phase, from 3 to 4 A.M. he lied down on his\r\nright side called ‘the auspicious posture’ to rest him. The third phase, from 4\r\nto 5 A.M. he himself entered the state called ‘the great pity set’ in which he\r\nspread his mind over everywhere, aiming to ease all living creatures’ mind. In\r\nthe fourth phase, from 5 to 6 A.M., he observed the whole world by his view,\r\nlooking for the person whom he was going to help during the day. Then he opened\r\nhis compassion for all living beings and in a peaceful state he rose up - in\r\nsuch a way the Buddha came to all species in the day. 

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Therefore, one Budha’s day equaled to one day of living\r\nbeings. Tathagata’s heart was the same as other living beings’ heart. The\r\nBuddha’s endless heart has lived in perfect with everyone’s heart - he has not\r\nkept anything just for himself, even for one day or for his whole life, all are\r\nthe same to him. The Buddha has been staying in living beings, or vice versa -\r\nTathagata has not wanted to make it any difference.

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Respectful congratulations on the Buddha’s birthday! On this\r\noccasion I dare not use my worldly pen to write anything wrong about the World\r\nHonored One, for fear that such a thing may lead me to sins. I just want to use\r\nTathagata’s one-dayto secretly remind me of his old message, “The Buddha\r\nmanifested themselves in life is just for only one casual connection: to\r\nenlighten human beings. Is it right that this is his sole ambition for the fact\r\nthat his policy is ‘All human beings are already-attained Buddhahood or\r\nto-be-attaining Buddhahood in future’.\r\n\r\n

Accordingly, why do we not respectfully bow to each\r\nTathagata who is around us, in ourselves and everywhere? Love, respect others\r\nand do not cause sufferings to none - this means we highly evaluate the Budha’s\r\nbirthday right in our life. And that also means a Buddha’s day is a day in\r\npeace and joy.

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Translated into English by layman  Hoang\r\nHuan.

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