When you still feel sorrowful, you are not happy yet.

Update: 26/04/2015
Being Buddhists, all of us have ever seen the statue of Maitreya Buddha in all pagodas.

When you still feel sorrowful, you are not happy yet.


He always has fun, smiling and laughing without a little\r\nhurdle at all.

 Why is he always in such a merry mood?

In Surangama sutra there is a section that reads that once\r\nthere were the Buddhas from various native places but had the common homophone\r\nand said to Anan and the masses, ”The thing that caused you undergo samsara was\r\ndue to your six senses, not any other causes. Likewise, the thing that helped\r\nyou quickly attained the tittle of the supreme bodhi or enlightenment of the\r\nBuddha was also due to your six senses, not any other causes.”


As such, the origin of our birth and death is also due to\r\nour six senses known as our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, physical body, and\r\nopinion. Accordingly, the origin of Bodhi Nirvana is thanked to our six senses.\r\nSo, is the road to enlightment and that of birth-death and samsara only one or\r\ntwo?




 Äá»©c Phật Di Lặc và sáu đứa bé, tức là sáu đứa cÆ°á»›p phá phách.

Maitreya Buddha and six pesky boys

Birth-Death road and that of Bodhi-Nirvana take the same\r\nroad with only the difference which is that one follows the clockwise direction\r\nwhile the other anti-clockwise direction. Likewise, if our six senses move in\r\ntheir favourable direction, it means we are moving in the samsara and\r\nbirth-death direction. And if we move against this, we are returning to\r\nNirvana, Boddhi and salvation road. If the six senses follow the objects of the\r\nsenses, we call this favourable direction, also the samsara direction. On the\r\ncontrary, we call this the direction where the returnee is on his way to\r\nBodhi-Nirvana and this is not strange to any of us. In short, although there\r\nare various different ways of religious improvement, the basic form is not to\r\nlet our six senses move together with our outside objects.

Maitreya is the Buddha who will attain this title in the\r\nfuture, but what is his method of religious improvement? It is the image we\r\nalways see about him that gives us the concrete answer. One of the pesky boys\r\nis picking his ear while another boy is digging up his nose, but he is\r\nphlegmatic and smiling, not showing any fit of testiness or sadness. That is\r\nwhy he is sure to become a Buddha in the future.

As for us, how will we be?

If someone picks our nose or digs up our ear, we will surely\r\nreact in some ways  -  whether we will respond with our fist, our\r\nkick or cry aloud with testiness. The way we cannot bear these harrassments\r\ncause disturbances to us.

The six boys who disturb Maitreiya Buddha are called the\r\npesky boys. In reality, do they disturb us? If our ears are being picked but we\r\ndo not feel any disturbances and, instead, we feel them really satiated, we are\r\nnot disturbed. Presently, we all feel disturbed by critical words coming from\r\noutside us.

If we feel tranquil or unruffled with scolding or critical\r\nwords, we have peace of mind. On the contrary, if we feel that those are\r\nhostile words and scarcastic remarks, they will devastate all our achievements.

We should be acquainted or phlegmatic with praising or reproaching\r\nwords, for these are not frank words. Even those words from our heart, they are\r\nnot true words; how are those from the outside of our heart? When our heart is\r\nnot touched with any outside words, we have already won the pesky boy who is\r\npicking our ear.

 Our eyes can see everything in front of us, including\r\nbeautiful and ugly things. The problem is that whether our heart can stay\r\nindifferent or emotionless before these things or not. When we can stay calm\r\nbefore such scenery, our heart has peace.

On the contrary, if we quickly conclude by confirming\r\nwhether it is beautiful or ugly  -  that is, we have the fear for\r\nlosing the beautiful one and the frettiness and anger for seeing the ugly one,\r\nthen oue heart will no longer be in peace.

Where does trouble come from?


The answer is from ourselves. If we see these things without\r\nany touch with pity, they are basically themselves. The fault is our love and\r\nour temper; that is to say, neither the things nor their pictures are faulty.\r\nWhen our heart shelters anger or love, it is considered that our precious\r\nthings or pleasures have all been robbed.

HT Thích Thanh Từ: "Nhá»› đến đức Phật Di Lặc, nhá»› đến sáu đứa bé móc tai, 
móc mÅ©i của Ngài. 
Chúng ta nên hằng giờ hằng phút kiểm Ä‘iểm lại mình, 
thử xem giặc có cướp của mình hay không"

Most Venerable Thich Thanh từ ever said, “When thinking of\r\nMaitreya Buddha, we should think of the six pesky boys who are picking the\r\nBuddha’s ears and nose. As such, we should review ourselves – whether we are\r\nbeing robbed or not.”

Our eyes bring the picture of our precious things being\r\nrobbed, which represents the boy picking our eyes. But, on the contrary, if the\r\npicture is just a picture and we still stay not being stirred or moved by the\r\npicture, or we can stay phlegmatic to it then we have peace of mind.

Likewise, when we sniff of fragrance or a bad odour but we\r\nstill stay unemotional, just like a furtive smell, then our heart has peace. On\r\nthe contrary, it is our being infatuated by such an odour  -  we feel\r\nsatisfied with fragrance and testy with a bad odour, then it is we ourselves\r\nwho ask too much for it. In other words, it is we ourselves who disturb us.

Maitreya Buddha is said to be a happy man, for the fact that\r\na happy person is usually fleshly and jubilant. Such a person is thanked to his\r\nabsence of sorowful clouds that hide his sun of intelligence, and even the six\r\npesky boys are disturbing the Buddha by picking his ear and nose, he will stay\r\nunconcerned with the disturbances. As for us, when we are disturbed in such a\r\nway, we are unable to suppress our testiness  -  our forehead will\r\nsuddenly pucker, our browns wrinkled, our eyes reddened and our face wretched.\r\nSuch a sign of misery is due to not being able to bear peskiness. 

If we can bear peskiness, it becomes a joke between the two\r\nsides. We all have such six boys with us, but whether they are pesky or\r\nfriendly depends on our very present situations.

Accordingly, if we know how to improve ourselves\r\nreligiously, then we will have our peace of mind. And, although we have not yet\r\nbecome a Buddha, our present existence is already in full peace. In other\r\nwords, all days as well as all years are our happy time.



Translated into English by Mr. Hoang Huan, layman.

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