Source: BUDDHA BLESS The emperor of China asked a renowned Buddhist master if it would be possible to illustrate the naure of self in a visible way. In
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, Mar 28, 2011
Source: BUDDHA BLESS
emperor of China asked a renowned Buddhist master if it would be
possible to illustrate the naure of self in a visible way. In response,
the master had a sixteen-sided room appointed with floor-to-ceiling
mirrors that faced on another exactly. In the centre he hung a candle
aflame. When the emperor entered he could see the individual candle
flame in thousands of forms, each of the mirrors extending it far into
the distance. Then the master replaced the candle with a small crystal.
The emperor could see the small crystal reflected again in every
direction. When the master pointed closely at the crystal, the emperor
could see the whole room of thousands of crystals reflected in each tiny
facet of the crystal in the center. The master showed how the smallest
particle contains the whole universe.
True emptiness is not
empty, but contains all things. The mysterious and pregnant void creates
and reflects all possibilities. From it arises individuality, which can
be discovered and developed, although never possessed or fixed. The
self is held in no-self, as the candle flame is held in great emptiness.
'May we live in peace without weeping. May our joy outline the lives we touch without ceasing. And may our love fill the world, angel wings tenderly beating.'