① Dhyana Master Gao Fengmiao was a cultivator who sat on the inverted lotus precipice of Xitian Mu and meditated. Why did choose such a dangerous ledge? Were he to doze off, he would fall thousands of feet into the valley and be smashed to pieces.
② Because he had a tendency to doze off during meditation, he vowed to go to that dangerous place. “Let’s see me fall asleep now!” he said, positioning himself near the edge. He sat there for about seven days without falling asleep; he didn’t dare! After all, his life was at stake. Therefore, no matter what, he simply would not fall asleep.
③ However, on the eighth day, he could no longer control himself. While sitting in meditation, he dozed off.
④ As soon as he fell asleep, he slumped forward and tumbled right off the edge. Waking, he thought, “It’s all over. I’m certainly not going to come out of this alive.” Just then he put down his body and mind. “If I must die, then I will die. I’m not going to pay any attention; I’ll get ready for the big sleep.”
⑤ When he had fallen halfway down the mountain, Weitou Bodhisattva manifested in empty space and dragged the Dhyana Master back up to the top of the mountain.
“Who is this protecting my Dharma?” the Master asked.
“It is I, Dharma Protector Weitou!” came the reply.
⑥ The Dhyana Master suddenly became arrogant and had the thought, “You mean I moved Weitou Bodhisattva to protect my Dharma? Probably, in this world, the number of cultivators who are as vigorous as I am is very small.” And so he asked Weitou Bodhisattva, “How many cultivators are there in the world who work as hard as I do in their cultivation?”
“About as many as the hairs on a cow,” said Weitou Bodhisattva dryly. “And since you are so arrogant, I'm not going to protect your Dharma again for eighty thousand great eons!” So saying, he disappeared.
⑦ Dhyana Master Gao Fengmiao really regretted what he had said. He cried for a long while, and then thought, “I’m going to cultivate whether Weitou Bodhisattva protects me or not!” Then with great determination, he took his seat on the ledge once again and commenced to meditate.
A little while later, sure enough, he fell asleep and dropped over the edge again, plummeting down the mountain. “This time, I’ve really had it,” he thought. “It’s all over now!” Suddenly, he was caught in midair and hauled back up to the top again. “Now, who saved me this time?” he asked.
“It is I, Dharma Protector Weitou,” came the reply.
This irritated Dhyana Master Miao. “Old Brother Wei, didn’t you say that you weren’t going to protect my Dharma for eighty thousand great eons? Why did you save me again? Doesn’t that make you a liar?”
Weitou Bodhisattva replied, “Your tears and shame were very genuine; they canceled out eighty thousand great eons worth of time. Therefore I was obliged to come to your aid.”
This story proves that one thought can transcend eighty thousand great eons.
To be continue