「… 見來乞者，國王就生出悲憫心… 喜樂心… 尊敬心… 善友心… 廣大心… 堅毅心… 精進心… 不退心… 捨棄王位之心以及… 遍及一切之心」（《華嚴經》第39品之六第39頁）
「對來乞者，生如子心… 如父母心… 是福田心… 稀有心。起慈益心… 堅固心… 如視師長心… 如視佛心… 待以大慈…普遍佈施，令其滿足… 普施眾生，而心無分別。」(同一品第42-3頁)
如何能報答他的慈愛呢? 我翻開《楞嚴經》（卷8），得到師父的答覆：「… 聽佛教誨; 行佛所教，牢記不忘。你尊敬佛、依從佛，就是報了佛的深恩。」
Recently, I watched a show and could empathize with the hero for secretly loving the heroine. When I opened the Sutra later, Shr Fu immediately talked regarding this subject:
“Living beings without wisdom
Are injured and poisoned by the thorn of love…
What are the causes and conditions that bring us living beings to this Saha World? It’s all because of love… If your love weren’t heavy, then you wouldn’t be born in the Saha…”
Then he proceeded to explain the nine unbeneficial aspects of love. [FAS Chap 9, pg 31-3]
Shr Fu’s Dharma is suitably given at the right moment so that his disciples do not get carried away with matters of the heart and quickly realize the danger involved before it is too late.
The Sutras and Shr Fu’s commentaries to them are like a mirror, reflecting our faults, bad habits, false thoughts etc. Although the Dharma was spoken long ago, yet it is given at the most appropriate moment when we need it most just as medicine is prescribed to cure a particular sickness. It is truly a timeless teaching. Unlike other teachings that may teach their followers to depend faithfully on an external spiritual entity, Buddhism is an investigation into our own true nature and cultivation of our inherent wisdom, and not just having blind faith. Everything that happens is reasonably explained through the law of cause and effect. As Shr Fu says,
“Cultivators of the Way should reflect within at all times. Do not seek outside, for the Way cannot be found there.” [Biographical Sketch of the Elder Master Venerable Hsuan Noble Hua, pg 19]
It was my mother who guided me to the proper teacher. If not for her, I would have missed the opportunity to meet the greatest teacher in my lifetime. I wish to relate an incident where Shr Fu helped me cultivate the mind of compassion. My mother is very kind and compassionate and strives to help people in need. She is constantly besieged by people who request/demand that she solve all sorts of problems for them. Our telephone number has become a hotline. Although we could sympathize with the suffering party(s), it can become quite irritating and bothersome if we are constantly bombarded with the same problem (a couple of calls for help per day) until we solve it.
Although faced with all kinds of internal and external problems, nevertheless, my mother is willing to help even to the extent of making personal sacrifices. Her patience with the repeated requests and the ways in which she strives to meet their demands is laudable indeed.
Sometimes, I feel truly ashamed of myself for I cannot measure up to her and my maternal grandmother’s goodness in constantly responding to people in need. They attract appeals for help the way a magnet attracts iron fillings. They resemble a Bodhisattva who never grows weary of extending an arm to pull living beings out of the sea of suffering. Although they may not have heard or read much Buddhadharma (my grandmother is illiterate), they are truly practicing what is taught in the Buddhist scriptures. They are an epitome of kindness, compassion and patience.
Once, the telephone rang again. It was the same caller asking for help again. At that time, although I was doing my daily recitation, I could hear the conversation taking place. I was a bit afflicted with the caller for troubling my mother again with similar problems as in the past because it strains my mother’s mental and physical health. Can you guess what ensued? When I went upstairs after my recitation to read my Sutra, I read Shr Fu’s words:
“...upon seeing all those who have come to beg, the king brought forth a mind of compassion and pity… happiness… respect… befriending them… a vast great mind… a mind of perseverance… vigor…a non-retreating mind… a mind of renouncing and giving and… a mind of pervasiveness” [FAS Chap 39 VI, pg 39]
“Towards those who come to beg, he brought forth the thought that they were his sons… parents…a field of blessings…rare to come by. He gave rise to the thought of kindness and benefit… solidity… they were his teachers… they were Buddhas…He treated them with a mind of great kindness… He universally gave to all of them and made them all content… He gave them to all living beings without discriminating.” [pg 42-3]
Upon reading Shr Fu’s words, I changed my whole perspective of how I should regard people who persistently come to beg and request aid.
I am still amazed and very grateful each time Shr Fu responds to teach me in such a wonderful and astounding manner. Shr Fu explains that,
“There is no past, present, or future in the realm of the Avatamsaka.”
Great Sages have transcended the limitation of time. Thus, whenever Shr Fu speaks, even if it’s a taped lecture, we can still frequently experience the unobstructed interpenetration of the past, present, and future. The Dharma spoken a long time ago can be used to treat an illness in the future at the most befitting time.
We try to emulate the lifestyle in CTTB when we are back home. We play Shr Fu’s taped lectures when we have our noon meal. Through listening to his tapes, as well as reading his books, commentaries and
Vajra Bodhi Sea magazine, we have received and are still receiving immeasurable kindness and unseen aid from our greatly wise and compassionate teacher.
One amusing incident happened during the first or second day of the first lunar month this year. As usual we just select one of Shr Fu’s tapes at random during our noon meal. Can you imagine what he said? “Happy New Year!” He then proceeded to advise us what we should not do during the New Year.
It seems that Shr Fu is still with us, observing each one of us from empty space like what he said once, “I came from empty space, and I will return to empty space.”
If I have to describe him in two words, I would say that Shr Fu is omnipresent and omniscient!
How can I ever repay his kindness? I turn to the
Shurangama Sutra [Vol 8, pg 257] and received an answer from Shr Fu: “…listen to the Buddha’s instruction; do what the Buddha tells you and don’t forget it. By honoring and obeying the Buddha, you are repaying the Buddha’s deep kindness.”
Ashamed for not being able to put into practice what Shr Fu has taught me, I still consider myself so fortunate to have a most wonderful teacher who is constantly beside me to guide me along the path to Bodhi. I have made the vow that in every life at an early age, I will meet up with Shr Fu as my teacher and advisor. As I write the conclusion to this article, I happened to pick up a book in memory of the first anniversary of Venerable Master Hsuan Hua and came across Shr Fu’s words on page 356: “I am always with you.”
He has said these reassuring words to a novice monk. I cannot help but totally agree with the monk’s opinion that there will never be a time when Shr Fu is not with us. He is always there for us, leading us along the right path to Bodhi.