Accompanying Each Other Wherever We
- From TBN, issue 437
- By Living Buddha Lian Sheng, Sheng-Yen Lu
- Translated and Edited by True Buddha Foundation Translation
While in my retreat at
Leaf Lake, I often think of a rather silly question. Before I entered
my seclusion, I told my holy disciples, "We can accompany each other
wherever we are."
What I meant was that our body is given to us by our parents, and
it thus has the desires of the physical body. It is however made
up of the four elements and one by one they will break down as we
The holy disciples who followed me will know that the body is illusory,
and that we are simply taking advantage of this physical body to
help us cultivate. And one day this same physical body will be discarded
as it grows old and dies. It is false to think that we can avoid
entering nirvana, for the physical body will surely disappear from
this Samsara world.
While I am alone in seclusion, many emotions well up within my inner
heart as I recall the things I have said in the past. My age is
similar to many of my holy disciples-you can say we were born at
the same time and will grow old together. I think positive thoughts
about the good and wonderful things, such as the fact that we can
support each other, and accompany each other wherever we are, in
the human world or in heaven.
Even though our illusory bodies may be destroyed eventually, and
there will be no more life [in our illusory bodies], everyone's
illusory bodies can be together, and everyone's souls can be together
in the Maha Twin Lotus Ponds. We shall live peacefully together;
we shall have complete freedom; we shall cultivate together; we
shall care about each other.