Thursday, August 21, 1975 (evening)
Those who have left home proclaim the dharma of those who have left home; those at home expound the dharma of those at home. Bhikshunis speak the dharma of Bhikshunis; Shramanerikas proclaim the dharma of Shramanerikas. Bhikshus speak the dharma of Bhikshus; Shramaneras proclaim the dharma of Shramaneras. Boys relate the dharma of boys; girls relate the dharma of girls. If you don't understand it, you will become confused. When you understand, you can wake up, become enlightened. This principle extends to Arhats speaking the dharma of Arhats; Bodhisattvas speaking the dharma of Bodhisattvas; Hearers communicating the Hearer-dharma; and Buddhas speaking the dharma of Buddhas. Gods speak the dharma of gods, asuras speak the dharma of asuras, and ghosts speak the dharma of ghosts. Animals expound the dharma of animals, hell-beings are moaning the dharma of hell-beings. In the ten Dharma Realms, each speaks the dharma of its own realm. If you understand that in the ten Dharma Realms all proclaim their wonderful dharma, you can then become enlightened; you can realize Buddhahood.
(And Little Guo Tong is here proclaiming the dharma of Little Guo Tong. )
Let's talk about people. People with eyes expound a dharma with eyes; people without eyes speak an eyeless dharma. What does this mean? Why do people have eyes? It's because in the past they refrained from doing much evil. Why does someone else lack eyes? Because that person looked down on others. Since he looked down on everyone, he now has no eyes. Why are deaf people deaf? They expound the dharma of deafness. Deaf people in the past liked to mind other people's business. They wanted to hear everything so they listened in on conversations, phone calls, and so forth, and thus they became deaf. Why are mutes mute? Because they indulged in gossip. Before long, they themselves became unable to speak. The deaf, mute, and blind all speak the Dharma. Cripples can't walk because they always took wrong roads. They walked down roads they weren't supposed to travel and thus became crippled and unable to walk. Those whose hands are paralyzed got that way because they stole too many things in the past. They are all speaking the wonderful Dharma. All of you, when you see something, if you understand it, it's speaking the Dharma. If you don't understand it, you're dreaming. Everything is a matter of cause and effect. So don't worry about the world, thinking that there are too many poor people who have no food, clothing, and shelter. It's because they planted those kinds of causes that they have reaped such effects.
If I explain more clearly, I'm afraid everyone will be unhappy. People without legs don't have legs because in the past they danced too much. People without eyes are that way because they watched too much dancing, too much striptease, and too many plays and movies. Now, a lot of people are very unhappy with me...
The principle is demonstrated in this verse:
As is the cause, so shall be the result...
Question: Does Dharma speak the Dharma of Dharma?
The Master (in English): Dharma cannot speak the Dharma.
To be continued