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Buddhadharma : Summer 2015
50 buddhadharma: the practitioner’s quarterly summer 2 0 1 5 An ordinary man of this world will say that I am not a buddha, just a man like any other, because he sees me through ordinary-man-colored glasses. When he wears blue glasses, he sees the world in blue. If they have the color of desire, then in this world he sees only objects of desire. We must then comprehend true reality. Still, it is not an easy task, since the human condition is opposed to it. Here, all is illusion. In everything in the world, nothing exists besides illusions. Every- thing, without exception, is illusion. Let’s just say that it’s all karma. A man has stolen something, is afraid, and runs away. A policeman pursues and stares at each passerby, wondering if the guy in front of him might be the thief. In consequence, the pursued and the pursuer go along in completely dif- ferent worlds. This is why it’s so difficult for us to understand. To discover the true nature of reality is to embrace the panorama of the universe in a single glance. When we have vision like this, we have comprehended the teaching of the Buddha. It’s not necessary to use a telescope or bend over a microscope to contemplate the spectacle of the universe. There’s no need to take so much trouble. It’s sufficient to refuse to perceive as true all the illu- sions that blind us. We must say to ourselves, “My ideas are false: this one, that one, all are false. I reject them.” commeNtarY T he aim of the practice of Buddhism is to make us discover true reality. It imme- diately awakens a pressing need to know what it’s like. Now, the true char- acter of reality has but one characteris- tic: an absence of character. It’s neither this nor that. All existence in the universe, all phenomena without exception are the true nature of reality. It is said in the Heart Sutra: “All dharmas are marked by empti- ness; they neither arise nor cease, are neither defiled nor pure, neither increase nor decrease.” Such is the true nature of reality: without beauty, without filth, without birth, without death. We can’t see this reality from our human point of view. The men of our time, especially the intellectu- als, those people who make it a habit to pass exams and fill a copy book no matter what the subject, try hard to push their pens to describe it. But the more they seek it, the more it hides, and whatever their papers produce resembles a tiny little turd. Due to the very fact that we are human beings, it’s impos- sible for us to see the true nature of reality. We men can see only our world of men. A fish sees only its world of fish. A thief sees only thieves. Someone told me that a judge remarked, “I see a criminal in every man,” no doubt a true statement. As he was an expert in lies, it’s normal that he should think in terms of guilt. If you are an antique dealer and revere a buddha, you begin by estimating its value: “How many yen is it worth?” As soon as you see a buddha, you put a price tag on it. This is the reason all the buddhas have disappeared. Regarding the world with the eye of the Buddha, everything is buddha. Demons no longer exist. All beings, sentient and insentient, are the Way: grass, trees, land, planet, all is buddha. Our body, just as it is, is buddha. It’s not necessary to use a telescope or bend over a microscope to contemplate the spectacle of the universe. It’s sufficient to refuse to perceive as true all the illusions that blind us. When one establishes the reality of things, neither man nor dharma remains. The avichi karma is instantly annihilated. If I lie to deceive you, May my tongue be torn out forever! —From The Song of Awakening by Yoka Daishi (665–713)