|Volume 7 no 4|
It's a Blissful Life
|Lost in my Illusions|
me Buddhism was one of those mysterious eastern religions where the monks
would sit around all day meditating, and as far as I was concerned they
were welcome to it. Who in their right minds would want to spend their time
in such a pursuit? Not me, that is for sure.
However, about two and a half years ago quite by accident I came into contact with this mysterious eastern religion through my work. I was contracted to pressure clean the brick wall of a Buddhist Mission that had just been built. I don’t know why, but I became fascinated with this building and would visit it quite often in the after hours when I thought no one else would be there. I seemed to be drawn to it like a pin to a magnet. It was here that I was introduced to Jen Chen Buddhism.
Now, I no longer feel fascinated as challenged, because my so called knowledge, thoughts, concepts, ideology and all the rest of it are being put to the test. After more than two years, I thought I had learned a lot about the spiritual stuff, but I can see now that the teachings of Venerable Master Shen-Kai are only just beginning to awaken my mind.
I have taken notice of my mind which is always grasping and never satisfied, always seeking but never finding, always busy looking for that elusive something that will bring happiness. It seems such a thankless task that will never be completed. If I could liken the distractive mind to a flea and the pure awareness of our Buddha Nature to an elephant, then my mind is like a flea that has taken charge of the elephant. And I had put all my trust and faith in the flea while I ignore the elephant that would carry me through this life with peace and joy.
Our trials and tribulations
in life, they are no more than illusions that hold us back from what we
truly are. For me it seems that I had let life's illusion cloud my vision,
and of course, I allowed that distortion to become my reality. If I were
to be faithful to them, then I will walk in darkness. On the other hand,
our Buddha Nature is what we really are, always have been and always will
be. If I am faithful to my Buddha Nature, then I will always walk in the
light. I trust that with my own sincere effort and guidance from my Venerable
teacher, I will be able to do away with the small mind that binds me and
walk on in the light of our Buddha Nature. I now have a new understanding
of the monks whom I used to ridicule.
I am fortunate and
thankful to have encountered Jen Chen Buddhism in Western Australia. I
am grateful to the Venerable teacher for helping me to find my path in
life, and I will always be deeply grateful to Venerable Master Shen-Kai
whose teachings made me aware of my Buddha Nature, and whose footsteps
I will truly follow lifetime after lifetime.