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The Jewel in the Temple (By Ven. Shih Jingang)

03/05/202117:52(Xem: 1168)
The Jewel in the Temple (By Ven. Shih Jingang)


Duc The Ton-9

THE JEWEL IN THE TEMPLE

By Ven. Shih Jingang

 

Once, as I was about to hold a summer Dharma class on a beach, as the first students began to arrive for the session I picked up two rocks and carefully placed them, one on top of the other, on to a much larger rock base. Observing what I had just done, three students approached: a young married couple and their five year old son.

 

“G’day Sifu, what were you doing?” asked the woman.

“Building an altar for the temple,” I replied.

“Altar? Temple?” said the confused woman staring at the pile of rocks on the beach.

 

“But there is no Buddha here for your altar!” asserted her husband.

“Isn’t there?” I replied.

 

Then their little boy did three prostrations before the pile of rocks.  In response I bowed to him. Then together we bowed to the ocean, the trees, the boy’s parents. All Buddha.

 

 

We are interconnected and interdependent in countless ways and, yes, even  a small child may be able to see that and more. May all sentient beings see the precious jewel in the temple.

 

Namo Amitabha!





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Ven Nguyen Tang & Ven Shil Jingang at Duc Son Buddhist Center, Bothwell, Tasmania (24/5/2021)





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