Buddha is here, right now!

The teachings tell us that buddha is here, right now. It is said the moment you think of them, the buddhas are here. I often reflect on this and try to get my head around this statement because I find it difficult to grasp. How can it be that the buddhas are here the moment I think of them? One way my teacher has sometimes explained this is to think of Buddha as the ultimate truth. Since buddha nature is the nature of everything, it is present everywhere. The other way to think of buddhas is to think of actual beings. I have heard that the Dalai Lama once answered a question about this by explaining that just as there are beings like me there are enlightened realized spiritual beings. They are the natural manifestation of this truth.

Buddha Shakyamuni

One of my teachers, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, used to compare our buddha nature to a mother and us to a crying child that has lost its mother and feels alone and in need of comfort. The mother is holding the child and trying to comfort him, but it is a tragic situation because the child cannot see and feel the mother and thinks the mother is not there. Therefore, it keeps crying even though its mother is right there.

To get used to this idea, I sometimes try to imagine that buddhas are present in the room even if I can’t see them.

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2 Responses to Buddha is here, right now!

  1. d says:

    mY HONOR HAS BEEN IMPUNE BY A man I thought was a friend. It hurts. I now have hatred for this man i once called my friend. i would kill him.

    I can killl him.

    How do I desire not to kill him?

    How?

    i give my email in hopes of some guidance, do not shre this with anyone.

  2. Bernie says:

    Hello,

    I am so sorry to hear you have been hurt so badly by your friend! I don’t think I can make your pain go away but here are a few things that came to my mind that might help you with dealing with your anger and desire for revenge, which if acted out would just cause more suffering to yourself and others. Please don’t misunderstand my suggestions to imply that it is ok for others to harm us. It is not right to harm and we have a right to defend ourselves against injustice, but it is best done with a peaceful way and without anger and hatred. The plight of the Tibetan people under the Chinese occupation and how their leader the Dalai Lama is responding to this injustice and is an example of this kind of spiritual and peaceful approach.

    When I feel deeply hurt I find it important to not deny the pain I am experiencing. Suppressing will not help. I find it easiest when I let the pain be there and tell myself it’s ok to be in pain. Unfortunately, we can’t avoid getting hurt in this world. The teachings tell us that this is how Samsara is. We have been killed and eaten and harmed and experienced many more unimaginable sufferings innumerable times throughout our countless lives. From a spiritual point of view the best strategy is to use the pain as an opportunity to train ourselves to learn how to deal with pain.

    A friend of mine recently told me about how she deals with pain which I found helpful. When she is in pain she asks herself “What is wrong with this very moment?” She says she usually finds there is nothing wrong with this very moment. What creates distress is when we focus on a past memory or fear of the future. I often find myself so caught up in my painful emotions and to just to redirect my mind to the present when I am struggling with my feelings helps me.

    Reason can also help to weaken your anger and desire for revenge. For example you could contemplate like this: If you take your revenge will it really make your hurt go away? If you kill someone most likely you will end up in prison for the rest of your life. On a spiritual level the Buddhist teachings on karma also explain that the act of killing will cause you to suffer being killed in the future. So when we feel the urges to retaliate you can reflect if it would really make you feel better?

    When our honor is impuned by someone it can cause strong emotional pain. Maybe we feel we lost face, that we have been humiliated and lost respect of others. However on a deeper level we can also remember that who we really are cannot be injured or affected by insult. In your true nature you are still the same person as before the event. It is how we look at the event that causes us the pain. The spiritual path is about looking for that deeper freedom of the mind where we learn to not be controlled by our emotional responses to harm and suffering. One day we all have to die and when we do we need to let go of all these things that we cherish now- our friends, possessions, and even our honor. When you look at it this way you can use the pain you are experiencing as an opportunity to learn to deal with your emotions.

    In a famous teaching called “The eight verses of training the mind” it says, even if someone I have helped or in whom I have placed great hopes mistreats me very injustly, I will view that person as a true spiritual friend.” (verse 6) This is a very advanced practice. Most likely people like you and me have to focus just on dealing with our anger and pain and at least not cause more harm. But that’s already a good step because when you have been hurt and you can refrain from revenge you can look at this event in the future and tell yourself, ” I did well. I did not retaliate!”
    Hope this helps

    Wishing you all the best

    Bernie

    P.S.: These are just a few thoughts of mine. I am not qualified to offer emotional or spiritual assistance and guidance. If you start feeling that your anger and desire to revenge might overpower you I strongly suggest that you look for someone who is qualified to help you with this, like a minister or priest or counselor.

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