Interpretation of the Ten Great Buddhist Classical Quotations

Buddhist verse: “All conditioned dharmas are like bubbles in a dream, like dew or lightning, and should be viewed as such.”

Classic 1: Everything is illusion.
Everything is illusion and should come from the Mahaprajna department of Buddhism. There are many volumes of Prajna Sutra, and it is said that the concentrated essence is the “Vajra Prajna Paramita Sutra”, which is what we often call the “Diamond Sutra”. There is a saying in the Diamond Sutra that everything is illusory, and there is also a stanza that says, “All conditioned dharmas are like bubbles in dreams, like dew or lightning, and should be viewed in this way.” In other words, all dharma in the world is temporary and unreal, just like dew bubbles, dreams, lightning clouds, and should be treated as such. Everything is illusion. The illusion mentioned here does not mean nothing. I think it should be the “emptiness” talked about by Buddhism.

Classic 2: It cannot be said. To say it would be wrong.
I seem to remember that the original text is, it cannot be said, it cannot be said, and it is wrong to say it. There are no flaws in words, and the same goes for language and expression. If you say something, there will always be something to refute you, right? Hoho ~ Sakyamuni Buddha taught the Dharma for 49 years, and in the end he said that he did not say a word. It is true that he did not say a word. The Buddhist scriptures we see now were compiled and handed down by the disciples of the Buddha. They are the first in history. A meeting of 500 monks was held to do this work. The Buddha’s cousin, Venerable Ananda, dictated it and everyone recorded it. This Venerable Ananda is said to have a very strong memory. He can remember everything the Buddha said, and he has always been with the Buddha. Therefore, we can now read the Buddhist scriptures, and we have to thank this great venerable.

The teachings circulated at that time are now widely spread in Southeast Asia. Those on our side call them Hinayana Buddhism, which means that their practice method is self-liberation. Our side is Mahayana Buddhism, which emphasizes self-interest and altruism, and the salvation of all living beings. Tantric Buddhism may be the original Buddhism that maintains the most original flavor. There are ten major sects of Buddhism in China. The familiar image of Venerable Kassapa holding flowers and smiling is Zen sect, which is a method of teaching from heart to heart. Many elderly people recite Buddha’s name. Namo Amitabha is the Pure Land sect, as well as Huayan sect and Dharma sect. Hua Zong, wait, hey, my teeth are starting to hurt. Every time I say something wrong, my teeth will hurt. Really, this is not nonsense. It may indicate that there are many mistakes in the above text explanations. There is no unbreakable writing, but there is a sincerity in writing, and maybe this is enough.

Some people say: Some words cannot be said. Once the words are lost, the fragile companionship will often be broken, even if it is regrettable.

Classic Three: Form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
This brings us to this sentence, form is emptiness, and emptiness is form. This sentence appears many times in the collection. Everything we usually see and think about can be said to be color. Color is a form, an external form of expression. Our thinking consciousness is also color, a form; emptiness is the principle. , is the true nature of appearance. This emptiness does not mean that it does not exist. Just like void, it also exists. For example, when we see a building, what we see is the color of the building. However, we know that the building is made of masonry, steel bars, and cement. It is composed of matter, etc., and all of these are composed of matter, that is, atoms, molecules, etc. according to modern science. It is real and cannot be denied. We also know that after a few years, the house you live in will change. Just like the green space of Heping Bridge, it used to be a house by the river, but now it is a green space. The color has changed from a residential house to a green space. The current location of our earth has also changed. It will become the void of the Milky Way in a few years, but the earth’s matter will not disappear, it will just be transformed. The same goes for human consciousness. It’s like thinking about the Dharma that I read before, but when I get home from work, I think about many other things. Are human thoughts like a house? It’s built, demolished, built again, demolished again… …and the cycle repeats.

When a thought comes, you don’t know how it came, and when it leaves, you don’t know how it leaves. The way to retain a thought is to stay calm. However, we can try to see how long we can hold a thought. Time, this concentration, is said to be uninterrupted. Here we are talking about the issues of contemplation and concentration. I am going too far. Haha~ It is difficult to retain thoughts even if you want to. You say they have them, but you cannot retain them. It is like When you think of an apple, for a moment, you might think of a mango. Is that true? Say no, it does exist, it has come, I feel it clearly, it is really real, it seems that I can’t say it is or it is not, it seems that sometimes it is there and sometimes it is not, it seems… can I be the master of my thoughts? Do you feel like you are being led all the time? ? ? Therefore, color is emptiness, emptiness is color, color is not different from emptiness, and emptiness is not different from color.

Classic 4: One flower, one world, one Buddha, one Tathagata.
According to the “Buddhist Scriptures”, when the Buddha was picking up flowers, Kassapa smiled and walked towards the bliss. From a single flower, one can understand the whole world and ascend to heaven. The Buddha is the Buddha. Who can have such a state? ! Buddha said: One flower is one world, one grass is one heaven, one leaf is one Tathagata, one sand is one bliss, one square is one pure land, one smile is one worldly connection, one thought is one tranquility.

It’s all a state of mind. If you have nothing in your heart, you can create a world with a flower, a paradise with a grass. After understanding these, one flower and one grass is the whole world, and the whole world is just like flowers and grass!

Nowadays, many people who love each other will leave because of the poverty of the other person! Is this true love? Maybe someone will say the theory of love and bread! However, the old people in the past said that love is full of water. I also believe that if you really love someone, even though you are poor, as long as you are with the person you love, you will feel full even if you just drink water! Love is such a state of mind: when you get love, you feel like you have got the whole world!

Classic Five: Great sadness without tears, great enlightenment without words, laughter without sound.
Great sorrow without tears! Yes, when people reach the extreme of grief, which is the limit of all things, they feel like they have nothing. Therefore, for Bei, there may be an ending of “happiness comes from the extreme of sorrow, or joy comes from the bottom of sorrow”.

Enlightenment is speechless! In the same way, the top of understanding, the end of knowledge, and the depth of realization is great understanding. There is also debate and eloquence, so the only approach and posture is silence!

Silent laughter! Based on the above explanation rules, I think everyone will understand themselves!

Classic 6: The sea of suffering is boundless, but when you turn around, you will find the shore. Put down the butcher’s knife and become a Buddha immediately.
These are Buddhist words that urge people to change their evil ways and do good. It is a metaphor that once an evildoer realizes his crime and is determined to change, he can still quickly become a good person. The language comes from the Song Dynasty? Volume 53 of Shi Puji’s “Wu Deng Hui Yuan”: “Guang’e is a murderer without blinking an eye. He put down his butcher knife and became a Buddha immediately.”

Classic 7: It takes 500 looks back in the previous life to pass by once in this life.
The Buddha said: Only by practicing for a hundred lives can we cross the same boat, and only by practicing for a thousand lives can we sleep together. The five hundred stares in the previous life are exchanged for the one brush with each other in this life.

An encounter in this life will definitely give birth to too many sweet or painful memories in the past life. Everything that happens is due to fate! An accidental encounter, looking back suddenly, destined each other’s life, just for the moment when their eyes met.

You said: Destiny is the crystal clear snow in the mountains and the lonely forest in the fairyland. I said: The fate is that people have searched for her a thousand times, but that person is in the dim light. You said: The fate is that even if two people are happy, they still cannot escape the fate of fate. I said: fate is helpless, the flowers fall away, and the familiar swallows return.

Destiny is about joys and sorrows, partings and reunions, always ruthless, dripping by the window until dawn. Fate is endless longing. And I stood proudly in the desert and watched quietly its rise and fall.

Classic 8: Bodhi has no tree, and the mirror is not a stand. There is nothing in the beginning, so how can it cause dust.
The Fifth Patriarch Hongren asked everyone to write a stanza to determine the successor. Shenxiu, who had the highest voice for winning the championship, wrote: “The body is like a bodhi tree, the heart is like a mirror stand, brush it diligently, and don’t let it stir up dust”… Huineng was still a Qinza at that time. The staff, who was still illiterate, asked a young novice to read it to him, and then he said the now-famous gatha (you had to find someone to help write it next to the original). After reading it, the Fifth Patriarch said lightly: He said, “This comrade has not yet enlightened, so wipe it out.” However, in the middle of the night, he called Huineng and taught him a lesson on Xiaozao (a bit like Journey to the West). Then, in order to avoid disputes, he passed on the degree and asked the Sixth Patriarch to take his mantle and run away quickly. !

These four sentences mainly talk about letting people know how to let go, that is, the four elements mentioned in the Buddhist scriptures are empty, but they do not cling to the emptiness!

The first two sentences just use the bodhi tree and the mirror to illustrate: don’t be attached to things. The last two sentences talk about my own realm. I clearly want to achieve the Tao, but I am too attached to the Tao, and instead I am getting further and further away from the Tao. Zen Buddhism mainly explains that everyone has Buddha nature, and the emphasis is on cultivating the heart and mind, not the external!

Classic 9: If I don’t go to hell, who will?
At that time, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva could have become a Buddha, but when he saw countless suffering souls in hell, he could not bear to leave, so he stayed in hell and made a solemn oath: “I will not enter hell, and whoever enters hell will never be empty. I swear I will never become a Buddha!” So there is an origin for this sentence, which belongs to the Mahayana of Buddhism. Listening to the popular song “I Will Not Go to Hell” will make you feel better.

Classic 10: Living in the world is like being among thorns. If the heart is not moving, people will not move rashly, and if they are still, they will not be hurt. If the heart is moving, people will be moving rashly, hurting their bodies and bones, and then they will experience all kinds of pain in the world.
In life, be content with whatever comes your way, don’t reject fate when it comes, and don’t be surprised when fate goes by. And in this colorful world, how many people can keep their minds calm and have no delusions? Is it a blessing or a regret to have such a calm mind? The Buddhists follow the teachings that the human heart is one and the body is two. It is believed that as long as the mind is immobile, thousands of disasters can be avoided. Therefore, it can cope with all changes without changing. It is just a common person. If there is no thought, what kind of emptiness will it be? Because people have desires and Tao has power, everything is empty. What else can you do in this world? Pain is also a kind of practice. There is no such thing as “Heaven will give great responsibilities to this person”. It’s just you. The experience of climbing out of pain is also a kind of wealth.

In fact, I really like this Zen saying, and I can glean some truth from it. But I am a person in the world of mortals, and I have no intention of seeing through the world of mortals, so I will just write it down for the time being, and then savor it carefully when I reach the state of still water in the future.


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