THE BODHI STAND
INTRODUCING THE EMINENT
Upasaka Sun Ya Fu was born on December 2, 1910, in Liu He, Chiangsu Province. He graduated from Tsao Tao T'ien University in Japan. Upasaka Sun is married and has eight children and six grandchildren. He and his wife are both Dharma protectors who, in addition to giving support to the preservation and propagation of the Buddhadharma, are cultivators of the teachings in their own right. Professor Sun diligently practices the Dharma door of Mindfulness of the Buddha and also has very deep conditions with Earth Store Bodhisattva, whose name he recites thousands of times a day.
Upasaka Sun has taken refuge with the late Elder Great Master Hsu Yun,
who was Abbot of Chen Ju Monastery on Yun Chu Mountain on the Mainland; and with
Elder Master Kuang Ch'in, Abbot of Ch'eng T'ien Monastery in Taiwan.
everything always had its negative and positive aspects. Ultimately which one was correct? Was the positive right? Was the negative correct? There was no way to determine. What is true today may be false tomorrow, and what is false tomorrow may be true the day after. So, in the difficult years of my growing up in the human realm, what I had been taking in was false knowledge fabricated by people. I would switch from one philosophy to the next only to find that the new one was also false and that I must switch again. In the end it was clear that our whole civilization is built on false knowledge, and I felt that this was a pitiful state of affairs. It was then that I truly began to believe in the Buddhadharma, because it had proved to be true knowledge, not false knowledge."
THE WONDERFUL DHARMA LOTUS FLOWER SUTRA. "All Buddhas, World Honored Ones appear in the world only because of the causes and conditions of the one great matter," says Shakyamuni Buddha in this Sutra. What is the "one great matter?" In his commentary on this Sutra the Venerable Master says:
It is the great matter of everyone's birth and death.
Everyone is born and everyone dies. The problem of
birth and death--is it one you understand? Do you
know how it was you were born? You do not know.
Do you know how it is that you will die? You do not
know. Such extremely intelligent people and yet
you do not understand the question of birth and
death. You should figure this matter of life and
death out quite clearly. Then you will have finished
the great work, the great matter. If you are not
clear about the question of birth and death then
you haven't completed your great work, the great matter.
If you haven't ended birth and death, if you haven't accomplished the one great matter, you will want to read this enlightening Sutra, the Sutra for bringing people to the accomplishment of Buddhahood. Commentary by Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua, translated by Bhikshuni Heng Yin, edited by Professor Nancy Lethcoe, certified by the Venerable Master. First volume available this year.