續前期：August 19, 1975年8月19日星期二晚
issue: Tuesday, August 19, 1975 (evening)
An interesting thing about Lucy
that her owner, Upasika Guo Cong, was expecting Guo Fang at the time.
Shortly before Guo Cong's daughter was born, Lucy just disappeared. She
didn't get lost; nobody lost her. She just wasn't there anymore and
shortly after that Guo Fang was born. Now, don't draw any conclusions
necessarily,because I've never seen Guo Fang pull that trick of sitting
down on her haunches and playing around with her paws, so there may not
connection. At any rate, that's the story of Lucy. Lucy isn't here
today due to those
causes and conditions, but she was very much cured by the power of
people's recitation of the Buddha's name. The important thing in this,
course, is the power of not of one person but of lots of people. When I
for the other dog—Ah Choo was her name and she's actually very much
the present—I knew that it was the power of the Buddhas and
that worked through the invocation of the mantra and the Buddha's name.
aren't always clear about this. However, it's easy when you have an
powerful mantra in your grasp to figure that it's you doing it and
confused and maybe show off a little bit. This can be very dangerous.
This happened to someone in
There was a Bhikshu who had a lot of cultivation and he was known as
the "Living Arhat." His specialty was using the Great Compassion Mantra
to cure people, and he could cure anybody of any disease. One time a
lot of Dharma Masters were assembled at Putuoshan in China for a
After the ceremony was over, many of them had no way to get back to
their home temples.The Living Arhat did a lot of flamboyant curing with
Compassion Mantra, amassed a lot of money, and rather conspicuously
bought everybody tickets or chartered a boat to get everyone back to
temples. At that time the Master was part of the assembly and he saw
Living Arhat was due to die pretty soon himself, so he went up to him
"You're called the Living Arhat, aren't you? You can cure other
but have you cured your own?"
"What illness do I have?" asked
you've got the illness of seeking for fame, and in the future, you're
going to contract the illness of seeking for profit. In fact, it won't
be long before you fall," said the Master. Now the Arhat had some
He never lay down to sleep and ate only one meal a day, and he had this
power, and he recognized that something was going on. But it was very
he immediately bowed down to the Master and pleaded with him, not to
him from falling, but that when he did fall, to come and save him. So,
Master grants people's wishes and the man was sincerely asking to be
when he fell, the Master said, "Alright, when you fall I'll save you."
Years passed, and Dharma Masters
had to leave the
mainland and flee to Hong Kong and Taiwan and so on. After a passage of
what should happen but, on the streets of Hong Kong, the Master ran
"Living Arhat," except that he was no longer a Bhikshu. He was dressed
layman. He had gone back to lay life; in other words, he had fallen.
The Master said, "Well, what happened to your Living Arhat?"
The man said, "It's just because
say is so effective. Your words are magical. It's just because you said
going to fall that I've fallen."
The Master said, "Well, I
promised you that if you
fell, I'd save you, so I'll save you. So you can go back to being a
"Well, I haven't got any money,"
said the man.
Now, in China,you had to pay a lot of money to leave home. If you
leave home and you were broke, you were out of luck.
Master said,"That's OK, I'll give you money and you can leave home."
And so the man did. You would think the man learned his lesson, but he
involved with a layman in Hong Kong who was looking for a Bhikshu as a
drawing card for his establishment. The layman at first approached our
would have no part in being used as an advertising gimmick. But this
Living Arhat took him up on the deal. So the layman set him up as a
Buddha,"bowing to him as such. It wasn't very long before the "Living
just disappeared. So it's very dangerous to play around with the
mantras and the curing power behind them for one's own personal benefit.
What is generally done in order
to aid people is
to transfer the merit from recitation of the mantras or recitation of
name for other people's benefit. Transferring merit is one of the Ten
of the Bodhisattva Samantabhadra, and these vows are recited every
by people who do Morning Recitation.
The first vow is to worship and
Buddhas. This is done by bowing to all the Buddhas, not just one
Buddha. It certainly
doesn't mean bowing to blocks of wood or pieces of stone that are
represent Buddhas. Rather, it means taking refuge with all the Buddhas
of the ten directions and three periods of time.
To be continued