上人：那你可以叫他成佛去。You can say, "I vow you will go to Buddhahood first."
Continued from last issue: Tuesday, August 19, 1975 (afternoon)
We are now conducting a Buddha Recitation Session. The Dharma-door of chanting "Na-mo A-mi-to-fo" is not easy to encounter. It is said:
Supreme, profound, wondrous Dharma
Is hard to meet in a million eons.
I see it, accept, hear, and uphold it,
And I vow to understand
the Tathagata's true principle.
Supreme, profound, wondrous Dharma. It may look to you like Buddha Recitation is very easy, yet this method is quite rare and hard to find. You should all think about it: In America alone, how many people understand the Dharma-door of Buddha Recitation? Many people will say, "Buddhists sit in Zen meditation." Others say, "Cultivate the Secret School. It's fantastic. It's a secret." Very few truly understand how to recite the Buddha's name. In America such a Dharma assembly has simply never been held before. This is the very first timethat the deep, deep, and wonderful Dharma has been explained in the countryside. You might say our Dharma assembly is unprecedented in the history of this country. And what is more, people have come from the four quarters to attend, including such distant places as Los Angeles and San Francisco. This demonstrates real sincerity. If they were not sincere, they would not have come all this way. They'd be at the movies instead, or out dancing, drinking, playing cards, shooting a few holes of golf, playing football, iceskating, skiing, or whatever. However, these people have abandoned such pleasant diversions to chant "Amitabha" in the mountains.
Is hard to encounter in a million eons. Although it is hard to meet, you have now encountered it.
I see it, accept, hear, and uphold it. Now you have met with the Buddhadharma and know how to recite the Buddha's name.
And vow to understand the Tathagata's true principle. Vow to understand the true principles of the Dharma-door of the Pure Land.
You are all sincere and today I am very happy. Why? Because you have evoked a response and stopped the rain. It didn't rain last night and it didn't rain today. That's two days. This proves that you are earnest in your recitation. If it rains tomorrow, you've retreated. But if it doesn't, then you will have created three dry days. If it doesn't rain for a whole week, that will be conclusive evidence of genuine effort on your part.
Since you are all so earnest, I will tell you what I've been doing. In the last few days I have negotiated and signed a contract with the mosquitoes. It says,
Mosquitoes are not allowed to bite participants in the recitation session. Should they feel compelled to bite someone, they shall bite me first. This applies equally to all those attending, regardless of whether or not they are my disciples. Mosquitoes are not allowed to make trouble for anyone.
So they will bite me first because it doesn't matter if the mosquitoes drink a little of my blood; I want to give it away. After this, if anyone is bitten by a mosquito, please report it to me. If bitten by one mosquito, tell me. If two bite you, announce, "I've been bitten twice!" and I'll take it up with them. After all, they did sign a contract and if they don't live up to it, I just might take them to court!
Someone is thinking, "If I do, Dharma Master, you will say I'm not reciting sincerely." Well, if you don't tell me, you'll just cheat yourself. It's none of my business. Do as you please!
Disciple: Master, just as the subject of mosquitoes came up, one flew by my ear and I believe it is still biting me.
The Master: Oh? Very well, you can take it to Buddhahood. Tell it, "I vow that you will become a Buddha first."
To be continued