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00245 Story of the Third Zen Patriarch -- Sanakavasa
00245 Story of the Third Zen Patriarch -- Sanakavasa
No.00245
Category / Between Master and Disciples-story
Event date / 19870714
Place / Taipei,Formosa
Language / Chinese
Time (mins) / 45
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Do you want to know the whole story of the third Zen patriarch - Sanakavasa’s spiritual practice in the Himalayas? How did he, having attained magic powers through practicing heavenly Dharma, switch to practice the correct Dharma of Sakyamuni Buddha? And how did Ananda transmit the Tathagata's great Dharma of Eye Treasury to Sanakavasa? What did Buddha predict about Sanakavasa’s transmission of the Proper Dharma? Sanakavasa passed down the Great Dharma of Eye Treasury to Upagupta. When he had finished spreading the Dharma and prepared to go to Nirvana after transmitting the Great Dharma of Eye Treasury to Upagupta, what interesting things happened? How did he use the oppotunity to educate and remind Upagupta’s 500 lazy and arrogant disciples? Please listen to this wonderful story told by Supreme Master Qing Hai.

Apart from that, Supreme Master also reminds us with 2 Au Lac (Vietnamese) stories: this world is so miserable, so those who want to practice spiritually should practice sincerely and put everything down in order to save ourselves and our loved ones. The more you practice, the more blessings we will have, so we can help many sentient beings, not just our relatives; don’t think too much about ourselves too much or do things for our personal interest. The whole world is our family. We should have a lofty ideal: whatever we do is to help sentient beings free from sufferings and gain happiness.