Monday, June 9, 2014

In Praise Of The Buddha



As regards the way in which the Lord has worked for the welfare of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world, for the welfare and happiness of both gods and humans, except for the Lord we find no teacher like this whether we survey either the past or the present.
Beautifully taught is the Lord’s Dhamma, immediately apparent, timeless, of the nature of a personal invitation, progressive, to be attained by the wise, each for himself.  Except for the Lord we find no one who could proclaim such a progressive teaching, whether we survey the past or the present.



The Lord has clearly explained what is right and what is wrong, what is blameworthy and what is praiseworthy, what is to be followed and what avoided, what is low and what is high, what is impure, what is pure and what is mixed.  Except for the Lord, we find no one who could so clearly explain such things, whether we survey the past or the present.
The Lord has well taught to his disciples the Way leading to Nirvana and they merge into each other, Nirvana and the Way, just as the Ganges and Yamuna flow into each other and go on united.  Except for the Lord, we find no teacher of the Way leading to Nirvana, whether we survey the past or the present. 
The Lord has gained many companions, both learners and those who have destroyed the defilements, and the Lord lives together with them, all of them rejoicing in unity.  Except for the Lord, we find no teacher such as this, whether we survey the past or the present.
 The Lord acts as he speaks, and he speaks as he acts. Except for the Lord, we find no teacher as consistent as this, whether we survey the past or the present.
The Lord has crossed over doubt, transcended all hesitation; in regard to the goal of the holy life, he has accomplished his aim. Except for the Lord we find no teacher who has done this, whether we survey the past or the present. 
Digha Nikaya II,222  

4 comments:

brahmavihara said...

Sadhu, Sadhu, Sahdu._/\_ _/\_ _/\_

jeff chang said...

amen

Mandy Soh said...

Who said it is clear? Many wasted their time understanding wrongly and not focusing on the important.

Soe am i said...

Dear Mandy, is it still not completely possible for people to not focus on the important because they did not look carefully to the clear instructions on how to weigh what is important and what is not first? Thus leading to misunderstandings and misinterpretations?

To believe in one thing as the only truth and no other, we need to examine the basis of our claim, that there is relevant causal evidence. The sun's brightness being concealed by clouds cause darkness, so too would darkness exist if the sun lacked the attribute of brightness. However the causes are completely different, one is by the existence clouds and the other, the non-existence of brightness. So before considering the non-existence of clarity, should we not look for the existence of carelessness in seeking clear instruction?