Inspiration is not lacking this afternoon, but energy is. I will dance with a variety of topics over the next several days, but thought I would share a parable here today…
The parables of Jesus are widely known in the Western culture, but little is known of the parables of Buddha. This enlightened one’s lessons have stood the test of time as well.
The crucial role of the Bodhi Mind in Buddhist cultivation is illustrated in the following parable.
Suppose a person is trying to fill a small tank of perhaps three cubic feet with rain water for drinking purposes. As soon as the tank is filled, all excess water escapes and is lost. The same is true if instead of a tank, he has only a small container, or for that matter, a teacup to fill up. However, if his vessel is as vast as a city’s reservoir, or the Amazon River, or for that matter the Pacific Ocean, he can store whatever rain water falls without ever losing a single drop!
This is the same for a devotee. If he is only seeking personal liberation or the good of his immediate family, his vessel is only as big as a cup or at most a three-cubic-foot tank. However, if his mind is like the mind of the Bodhisattvas and Buddhas seeking enlightenment for all, his vessel is as great as the rivers and oceans of the entire world. No amount of merit and virtue can ever be lost. Therefore, developing the Bodhi Mind — the aspiration to rescue all sentient beings — is not only necessary, it is the very essence of Buddhist practice.
One of joyful sources of fulfillment this blog has brought me is the ability to share my mind’s creativity with others, while cultivating and developing an intimate awareness of this creativity at the same time.
For free and for fun. What can beat that?
One further note, be sure to check out my third menu section at the top of this page. I am beginning to add links that I have collected with references to literally dozens of sources of FREE education.