人類今後的去向，在於還本清源，回歸到大悲同體。希臘語health，意為wholeness（完整），當人們社會有病時，就要 yoga (rejoin) 到 wholeness 大悲體。分崩離合的社會病態，也可以 wholeness 整體概念重新整合（integrate）；失衡的國內與國際經濟也可以E.F.Schumacher的佛教經濟的暢銷書Small Is Beautiful（小是美），內裡闡述佛教經濟，來改善得更合理化。
人類再如何無所適從，其原本潛藏的佛性本真，未嘗稍離寸步；像是小點火種，隨時等待及摸索機緣的到來。火種將像 e ＝ mc２ （能量＝質量×光速的平方）一樣，釋放出無限的光與熱。這個點燃火種大放光明的寶，就是佛家的八正道與六度。這些可以讓我們復甦原有的慈悲心和眾生皆有的佛性。
n Buddhist philosophy, the whole universe is one identical substance of great compassion; it is a peaceful and harmonious substance in which great and small are mutually inclusive and one and many are mutually non-obstructing. The small universes inside are a string of active nets in which the multi-layered and overlapping rhythmic movements are incessant. Thus there is not a single moment in which an independent entity can be called the self. The so-called individual is but an “event” or “process” in the jargon of modern physicists, or the temporary aggregation of causes and conditions in the language of Buddhism. The occurrences and transformations of affairs are merely the automatic adjustment of the force of karma so as to maintain the rhythmic balance of the greater universe.
Western philosophy and religions have tried to take apart this harmonious substance. On a larger scale, they separate people from God. In this two-element separation, people bow down at the feet of God in the relationship of master to servant (while in Buddhism’s motto of “I alone am honored,” the small self and the great self are perfectly fused.) On a middle scale, countries and people stand in opposition and annihilate each other with troops and weapons. And human beings want to conquer nature, slaughter animals, and spoil the natural ecological balance. As a result, the air, the oceans, and people’s minds have all been polluted, and the ecological system is thrown off balance. On a small scale, the spirit of regarding all men as brothers and all creatures as kindred has been lost. No one dares to help the victim of the car accident lying by the side of the road, for fear of being sued by the victim’s lawyer. This kind of separateness leads to the stiffening of our kind and compassionate natures. Mother Teresa bought a dilapidated building to house the homeless in The Bronx, New York City. In the end, because the government insisted on the installation of $100,000 elevators and other unreasonable requirements, the loving care could not reach the needy. As a result, the money was scattered and spent on sandwiches and hot soup for these helpless refugees drifting in the sea of suffering. (Taken from the new book The Death of Common Sense.) Modern lawyers are practicing the same “pot-fixing principle” which characterizes the “philosophy of shamelessness and darkened conscience”: first they make the crack bigger before mending it. All their efforts are motivated by money.
Earlier we mentioned the two interacting forces of the electrons and the nucleus. Centripetal force and centrifugal force are the basis for all the myriad phenomena of the universe. They can also be regarded as the collective subconsciousness of the universe. The subconsciousness of mankind, the Buddha-nature, naturally and intuitively seeks for the goodness and beauty of the original truth. People took a wrong turn, however, and at some unknown time the pure and true ideal of an Arcadia was quietly replaced by the modern Utopia. Arcadia is a society in which people are closely connected in their care and concern for one another. In the modern Utopia, although people claim to be searching for the perfect lifestyle, in fact the pursuit of material satisfaction far outweighs the spiritual quest. People mind their own business, and they turn into a bunch of lonely hard-shell beetles (people driving automobiles.) The Russian religious thinker Nikolai Aleksandrovich Berdyaev (1874-1948) suggested, “...maybe we should start a century in which all well-educated people would dream to escape the realization of Utopia...less perfection means more freedom.”
Human beings on this planet seem to have lost their sense of direction and are at a crossroads, wondering which way to go; it’s wrong if they do things at will, and it’s also wrong if they pursue perfection. However, the darker the times, the more the latent Buddha-nature of living beings will be able to emit light. The following examples are proof of this fact.
In a small town in the midwestern United States, the people used to hold an annual get-together. Everyone would take his guns and allotted numbered cages of pigeons. Once the pigeons were released from their cages, people would shoot while being timed, so that later they could brag about their heroic actions. One year, just before the shoot was to start and after the live television broadcast had already begun, a few Boy Scouts opened the cages one by one and set the pigeons free. Under the pressure of world condemnation, the town has never held another pigeon shoot.
Two years ago in Australia, under the watchful eyes of the world through CNN television, over a thousand compassionate students, teachers, and prominent public figures very carefully and patiently pushed several beached whales back into the sea. This incident became the hottest and most talked about topic of the global village. When the last whale was successfully pushed back to the ocean, people were so overjoyed that tears were streaming down their faces. Those tears are the kind and compassionate water of the great compassion of identity in substance.
In the “Guanshiyin Bodhisattva Universal Door Chapter,” there is a passage: “If there are living beings who should be saved by a Buddha, Guanshiyin Bodhisattva will then manifest as a Buddha to speak Dharma for them; for those who should be saved by a young boy, young girl, or a layperson, Guanshiyin Bodhisattva will manifest as a young boy, young girl or a layperson to speak Dharma for them.” This passage aptly explains the above two examples.
To return to the original, pure source, we have to go back to the great compassion of identity in substance. The Greek word for “health” carries the connotation of wholeness. When human society is sick, people want to “yoga” (rejoin) with wholeness, great compassion. The crumbled and separated society can be re-integrated. The imbalance between national and international economy can also be improved according to E.F. Schumacher’s Buddhist economy (described in his bestseller Small Is Beautiful.) No matter how confused we human beings are, the original hidden Buddha-nature has never left us. It is like a small “fire-seed” (for example, a match), waiting for the right time to come. The fire-seed is like the formula e = mc2 (energy = mass times the square of the speed of light) in that it will give off limitless light and heat. The precious gems which ignite the fire-seed so that it can produce great light are the Buddhist Eightfold Path and the Six Perfections. They will enable us to awaken the inherent mind of kindness and compassion, the Buddha-nature possessed by all living beings.
Here, when we contemplate the spirit of saving all with great compassion in connection with the Master’s name To Lun (“ship of salvation”), we realize that the Master practices the giving of courage (part of the Six Perfections) and uses his great ship to save the helpless beings in the sea of suffering, by day and by night, sparing no blood or sweat and never pausing to rest. He also practices the giving of Dharma to cross over Easterners and Westerners alike. Most of his disciples can communicate in English, and some can translate Buddhist Sutras into English. At a meeting held in Berkeley, a library specialist from the Graduate Theological Union said that in the United States, Dharma Realm Buddhist Association is virtually the only organization that is translating and publishing the Buddhist Sutras into English. Let us follow the Buddhist principle demonstrated by the Master of sailing to the other shore and aspire to realize the Master’s childhood dream of “widely benefitting Westerners and leading them into Buddhism.” We, these small boats, can try our best to “save those with whom we have affinities at the crossroads.”
Sail! Sail! Sail to the other shore,
When everyone arrives at the other shore,
The heart is filled with bliss!
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