00261 The Story of the 28th Zen Patriarch—Bodhidharma (2/2)
00261 The Story of the 28th Zen Patriarch—Bodhidharma (2/2)
No. 00261
Category / Between Master and Disciples-story
Event date / 1987.07.31
Place / (Formosa/Taiwan) Hsintien
Language / Chinese
Time (mins) / 56m10s
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Provincial Governor Yang Xuanzhi begged Bodhidharma not to leave the world and to continue to transform sentient beings universally; the Patriarch, however, did not want to stay in the mundane world and cause ordinary people to be jealous and hate him which would increase their own karma. Later some people saw the passed Boddhidharma appear in Pamir Heights and returned to India, leaving behind only an empty coffin and a pair of straw shoes.

In the Dharma-ending Age, evil things are more than good things. Beings are troubled by Mayas. Even if they meet Master, they may still fall into bad way if they do not practice themselves. Supreme Master Ching Hai reminds us to be cautious in spiritual practice. Having a Master doesn't guarantee everything. We should rely on ourselves and follow Master's guidance. If we do not change ourselves, it would be useless even if we live with a saint. If we are not open to higher wisdom and ideals, we may be dragged down by worldly situations. Therefore, we should learn from the examples of saints and Buddhas, and their way of life and ideals, so as to avoid falling into Maya's traps. Otherwise, although we say we want liberation, we are still attached inside, and still cannot escape from the circle of life and death.

  1. Why did Bodhidharma refuse the Provincial Governor's request for him to stay, and not continue to teach the sentient beings, but choose to leave the world instead?
  2. Why did Bodhidharma leave a pair of straw shoes in an empty coffin?
  3. Disciples of Fodashengduo were divided into six schools. What inspiration can we draw from this?
  4. Does meeting enlightened masters guarantee liberation?
  5. Why did Master say that the love of humans is not real love?
  6. How did Huike get the key for Great Dharma and Eye-treasury?
  7. How can we get real liberation? Why is it that we cannot get liberated without the friend called mind?
  8. Why can't some people remember what they see in the higher level after they come back?
  9. Can spiritual practitioners use magical power? What is the highest magical power?