Yesterday while at the Lion grocery store, I picked up a copy of "Meditation & Heath" magazine and was happy to come across an English translated version of a classic Chinese stories, "Mothers are Buddhas."
Mothers Are Buddhas
Translation by Mi Zhea
During the Ming Dynasty, there was a young man from Anhui province called Yangfu. His father passed away when he was very young, so he was brought up by his mother. The early passing of his father made Yangfu reflect deeply on the impermanence of life. As a result, he decided to pursue a Buddhist path as soon as he reached adulthood. After hearing that Zen master Wuji was the reincarnation of a bodhisattva, he traveled a long distance to learn from him.
When he met Wuji, he asked where Buddhas could be found. The Zen master told him, “On your way back, when you look for a place to rest for the night, the person who will open the door for you wrapped in a quilt and wearing shoes the wrong way is a Buddha.”
After leaving the master, Yangfu began searching for Buddhas. Climbing high mountains and crossing wide rivers, he knocked on countless doors to find resting places. He closely examined each person who opened doors for him; none fit the Zen master’s description of a Buddha. Feeling very disappointed, he headed home.
It was midnight when he arrived at his doorstep. Utterly exhausted, he knocked and called out, “Mother, please open the door quickly.”
His mother had not been able to stop worrying about him since his departure. Hearing her son’s voice, she sprang from her bed. She hurriedly wrapped herself in a quilt and stuffed her left foot in her right shoe and her right foot in her left shoe, and ran to the door.
When she saw that her son had indeed returned safely, her heart was at peace.
Yangfu gazed at his mother as she stood in the night chill awkwardly wrapped in a quilt, wearing shoes the wrong way. In that moment, Yangfu remembered the Zen master’s words: “The one who will open the door for you wrapped in a quilt and wearing shoes the wrong way is a Buddha.” He came to the sudden realization that the person he had been searching for far and wide was right in front of him.
Mothers are Buddhas.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
"The Great Legacy" is a simple yet deeply inspiring movie that was shot in Phaung Daw Oo School of Madalay and the surrounding areas in Burma. All the actors and actresses in this movie are volunteers. This film was made without any audiovisual professional experience or professional equipments; it is simply shot with only one simple camera. The full movie is available on youtube in English, Burmese, French, Spanish and perhaps other languages also. Also nice to watch after the movie is the 10 minutes interview video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vs5fVyZTEE
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Just finished reading the book, "Mae Chee Kaew: Her Journey to Spiritual Awakening & Enlightenment" and am profoundly inspired by it. She is revered as a modern enlightened Buddhist saint in the Thai forest tradition of Ajahn Mun and Ajahn Maha Boowa and had been taught by Luang Phor Mun.
"Mae Chee Kaew (1901- 1991) was a countrywoman, who lived a simple village life in the northeastern region of Thailand and overcame enormous difficulties in her attempt to leave home and follow the Buddha's' noble path. Blessed with the good fortune to meet the most renowned meditation masters of her era, Mae Chee Kaew took their teachings on meditation to heart, diligently cultivating a mind of clear and spontaneous awareness. Her persistence, courage, and intuitive wisdom enabled her to transcend conventional boundaries--both those imposed upon her by the world and those limiting her mind from withing--and thereby find release from birth, ageing, sickness and death.
Mae Chee Kaew is one of the few known female arahants of the modern era and testimony to all beings that regardless of race, gender or class, the Buddha's goal of supreme enlightenment is still possible."
The book is available for free at: http://www.amaravati.org/downloads/pdf/silaratano_mae_chee_kaew.pdf