Nirvana The Last Nightmare ~ 07

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event type discourse
date & time 17 Feb 1976 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Poona
language English
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shorttitle NIRVAN07
Reader of the sutra: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The master Foso Hoyen said: 'They say that Buddha uttered five thousand and forty-eight truths during his lifetime. They include the truth of emptiness and the truth of being. They include the truth of sudden enlightenment and the truth of gradual enlightenment. Are not all these yea-sayings?
But on the other hand, Yoka, in the "Song of enlightenment" says there are no beings and no Buddhas -- sages are sea-bubbles, and great minds are only flickerings of lightning. Are not all these nay-sayings?
Oh my disciples, if you say yea, you deny Yoka, and if you say nay, you contradict Buddha. If Buddha were here with you, how would he solve this problem?
If we knew where to stand we would question Buddha every morning and greet him every night. But as we don't know where to stand I will let you into a secret: When I say this is so, perhaps it is not a yea-saying. When I say this is not so, perhaps it is not a nay-saying.
Turn to the East and see the holy Western land, face South to see the Northern star.'


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