什麼戰爭呢？就是這個欲和這個理的戰爭。這個欲，英文叫 desire；這個理，就是這個真如的理體。你把裡邊的戰爭停完了，外邊也就沒有戰爭了。所以你要是真能達到那大無我的精神，那什麼魔障也沒有了。什麼也不怕了。這是我對你們兩位要講的話，現在是第二次。我那天到那個地方是第一次和你們講幾句話，今天是第二次。那麼，我還希望你們－－英文叫 try your best （盡最大的努力）。
Right now (November, 1973) war has started in the Middle East. Israel is at war with the Arab nations. Now we have two Bhikshus who have brought forth the Bodhisattva resolve to go outside and bow every three steps while praying for world peace. At the moment it seems that the fighting in the Middle East is abating, but there is still a great war coming along in its wake. For that reason, they must continue to work hard in their quest for world peace.
Today both of them, Guo Yu (Heng Ju) and Guo Dao (Heng You), have returned. It’s not that they have stopped bowing every three steps. It’s because we have several novices, Shramaneras and Shramanerikas, who wish to receive the Precepts. The two of them have returned to protect the Precept Platform. That’s why we sent Guo Hu (“Fruit of Protection”) to protect their return today, bringing them back. After the Precept transmission, they will continue to pray for peace in the world. That’s because, if the great war were to break out, it would be far worse than the Second World War, and so we hope there will not be such a war.
See how there is an energy crisis right now in America, and a shortage of fuel. Why is there a lack of fuel? It’s because of all the incidents in the Middle East, and the fuel crisis reflects that situation. However, that’s just the beginning. If the world is not at peace, suffering will ensue for humankind. Therefore, I’m most pleased that the two of them have brought forth resolutions of Bodhisattvas. Every day I wish their vows will be accomplished, and that the world will be peaceful.
For that reason, I hope the gods, dragons, and others of the Eightfold Division will guard and protect them. When they return to their bowing, the very best thing would be for rain not to fall in the area where they are bowing, perhaps for ten miles or twenty miles around them, and for there to be no snow. After they have bowed through an area, rain and snow could fall. That would indicate there was a response to their sincerity, a response of the gods, dragons, and others of the Eightfold Division protecting them. Therefore, when they go back this time, if rain and snow fall, they should increase the sincerity of their resolve and bow sincerely, not fearing the difficulty. If they can overcome that difficulty, the gods, dragons and others are certain to protect them. This is a test of their vows. If they can keep going in the face of great trials, it indicates their vows are being accomplished.
Now I have told people to bring out two benches. Would all of you like to hear about their experiences during the period of a month or more that they have being bowing? If you would like to listen to this, we can first welcome the two of them. How should we make that welcome? In America, you usually do it by applauding—not by slapping people on the face, but by clapping. If you welcome them, then you can applaud. Otherwise, you can just sit there in silence. [Everybody applauds, and the two monks take their seats on the Dharma Platform, Bhikshu Heng Ju on the Master’s left, and Bhikshu Heng You on the Master’s right. After they report on their pilgrimage, the Venerable Master asks for opinions, which people volunteer.]
Venerable Master: Now I will give my opinion. The kind of cultivation the two of you are engaged in is very difficult to do. It’s easy to bow for one day or two, three or five days, six or seven days; but to bow every day, day after day, not fearing rain or snow, is really hard. However, if you can do what is hard to do, then it becomes easy. Buddhism is just beginning in this country, and needs such people to bring forth this kind of Bodhisattva resolve as an inspiration for people. Nonetheless, this also brings out people’s jealousy. Even when the Buddha accomplished Buddhahood, the demon king was angered and objected, “Why do you want to become a Buddha?” All the living beings who were part of the Buddha’s retinue were delighted, but the members of the demon king’s retinue all cried. The states which you encounter on the road are your tests, whether the states are good or bad. That’s why I say: “Everything’s a test, to see what you will do.” That was spoken for you. “If you fail to recognize what’s before your eyes, you’ll have to start anew.”
How do you start anew? Just continue to bow. That doesn’t mean returning to San Francisco and starting the bowing journey all over again. Rather, when you fail to recognize a state, continue to bow. If you didn’t recognize a state before, bow some more. Bow so that you become peaceful inside. If you want the world to be peaceful, you must start by having internal peace. What’s meant by internal peace? It means not having any false thoughts whatsoever. You merge with empty space. You bow to the point that there is no self, there are no others, nor are there living beings. At that time, you become one with the natural order of things. When that happens, should you wish not to become enlightened, probably you could not prevent it. In this work, you need to be concentrated. As it is said, “If you are concentrated, there will be a response. If you are scattered, you will be blocked.” Therefore, to seek world peace, start with peace of mind. Have no war in your mind.
What sort of battle would that be? It’s the battle between reason and desire. Reason is the substance and principle of True Thusness. Consequently, if you quell the war inside, outside there will be no war. If you can really achieve a great spirit of selflessness, there will be no demonic obstacles, and you won’t fear anything. This is the second time I’m addressing the two of you. When I went there to see you was the first time. Saying this in English, I still hope you will “try your best.”
The states of all Buddhas are inconceivable,
Characterized by sameness with space and the Dharma Realm.
They can purify beings’ net of stupidity and delusions.
This is what Maintaining Flavor can proclaim and tell.
The Buddha Eye is pure and inconceivable.
It totally takes in all states whatsoever.
He universally points out all wondrous paths for living beings.
This is what Floral Light’s mind has awakened to.
The states of all Buddhas are inconceivable. We living beings have our states of living beings, Buddhas have the states of Buddhas, and Bodhisattvas have Bodhisattva states. The states of living beings are conceivable states, and the states of Bodhisattvas can also be conceptualized. Only the states of the Buddhas are inconceivable. They cannot be conceived of by the mind or expressed in words. The thought processes and verbal expressions of ordinary beings are incapable of discussing them.
They are characterized by sameness with space and the Dharma Realm. As to the states of all Buddhas, all Buddhas are just the Dharma Realm, and the Dharma Realm itself is all Buddhas. The Dharma Realm and all Buddhas are both just like empty space. “Characterized by sameness” indicates there is no excess and no deficiency, but rather level equality to the utmost point.
They can purify beings’ net of stupidity and delusions. The Buddha’s states and the Buddha’s wonderful functioning of spiritual penetrations are able to purify and regulate the network of foolishness and delusions of living beings. To purify means to clean up, to straighten up and make clear. The clean-up is of all living beings’ “stupidity and delusions.” Stupidity means lack of clarity, and delusions refers to confusion.
Living beings resemble a fly. The fly can fly around to the north and south, east and west, up and down. What is the fly’s ultimate aim? It is trying to find things to eat, but sometimes it pursues many futile paths, and fails to find food no matter where it flies. It expends considerable energy, yet is not certain to obtain anything to eat. Then why does it keep on flying? It’s because of delusion. It is too deeply confused, and so it flies around everywhere. How did it come to be a fly, flying all over the place without any success? The reason is that on the causal ground, which means in previous times, it kept having false thinking, with false thoughts flying all over the place. It admired the fly for its freedom, its ability to do whatever it wanted with no one controlling it. As a result, from liking the fly, it became a fly. That is how it entered the net of stupidity and delusions. Fortunately there is the Buddha who can purify and regulate its net of stupidity and delusions, and so in the future it still has the opportunity to become a Buddha.
This is what Maintaining Flavor can proclaim and tell. The principles just discussed are ones which the Ocean-Ruling Spirit named Maintaining Flavor and Light can comprehend and fathom, which is why it says he “can proclaim and tell.”
The Buddha Eye is pure and inconceivable. The Buddha is replete with the Five Eyes and the Six Penetrations. Here the Sutra text is discussing the Buddha Eye. The Buddha Eye contemplates everything everywhere, and is pure. It is also inconceivable.
It totally takes in all states whatsoever. “All states” are the states of the Buddha and the states of living beings as well. It totally takes them in. Whether the states are those of the Buddha or states of living beings, they all appear within the perception of the Buddha Eye. The Buddha Eye is like a great, bright mirror, and so “it totally takes in all states whatsoever.” That it takes them in indicates it encompasses and includes them, which means the Buddha knows them.
He universally points out all wondrous paths for living beings. The Buddha knows whether the fundamental disposition of any given living being is primarily good or evil. The Buddha also knows what propensities living beings have. “He universally points out all wondrous paths for living beings.” In a universal way, he shows living beings all the wondrous pathways. What are wondrous pathways? They are simply the paths we go on in our daily lives, the ways we use each day.
To be continued