Adjust Our Eyes, Ears, Nose, Tongue, Body and Mind for Practice (07 Jun 2011)

Practice-GN-1When Buddhas and Bodhisattvas help sentient beings, they do not just possess emptiness wisdom to transform the sentient beings obscuration. They also possess external dignified appearances to make sentient beings joyful and pure.

Buddha possesses 32 major marks and 80 minor marks but we do not, why is this so? This is because we did not use our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind in our practice. We always try to make ourselves beautiful by having facials, trimming eyebrows, doing manicures, etc. But, our appearances is not dependent on these, they are dependent on causes and effects, for example: some are born with great merits, but they have no wisdom; some are born with wisdom, but they cannot speak because they are dumb; some are born with great merits and wisdom, but they are handicapped; some are born beautiful, but their hands are deformed. Why is it like that? This is because we did not train our body, speech and mind well.

The Buddha, in order to benefit sentient beings, has trained using body, speech and mind, hence Buddha possesses a dignified appearance. We always say to practice using body, speech and mind, but that is too abstract. For example, when you are reading a book, your mind is wandering. When your mind is thinking of Bodhicitta, your ears are listening to the worldly mundane music from an mp3. When you are listening to the Buddha Dharma, your mouth is eating impure food. When you are chanting sutras or mantras, mind is thinking about the stock market, business, mundane matters… Because our body, speech and mind is impure, we did not practice accordingly, so we are not able to possess the 32 major and 80 minor marks of Buddha. For example, some practitioners have very poor memory, insufficient wisdom, this is because they do not respect the Dharma books, did not place Dharma books in the proper places and stepped over Dharma books. So when they look at Dharma books, their minds are unable to settle. Although some are able to be ordained and practice but they are always very unsettled and lethargic, this is because they did not listen attentively to the Buddha Dharma in their past lives.

Practice-Buddha-2So our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind must be adjusted, we must practice very subtly. When we see sentient beings, we must use loving kindness and compassion; when we listen to Buddha Dharma, we must be attentive; when we eat, we must eat vegetables; when we talk, we must be gentle; we must always keep our palms together as a form of respect; we must sit cross legged in the vairocana posture, our body should be straight. In this way, our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body will be dignified and perfect. This way, when you become Buddha to liberate others, you will look dignified and good and beings who see you will be joyful and pure.

Compiled from Gyalwai Nyugu’s web teachings of 7th June 2011 —

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