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Buddhadharma : Summer 2012
24 BUDDHADHARMA: THE PRACTITIONER’S QUARTERLY SUMMER 2 0 1 2 Tenshin Reb Anderson explains why each of the three turnings of the wheel of dharma is essential, and why we must continually cycle through them. Abuddha is someone who sees the way things really are. When we see the way things really are, we see that we’re all in this together, that we are all interdependent. A great surpassing love arises from that wisdom, and that love leads a buddha to wish that all beings would open to this wisdom and be free of the misery that arises from ignoring the way things are. Buddhas appear in the world because they want us to have a buddha’s wisdom, so that we will love every single being completely and protect every single being without exception and without limit—just as all the buddhas do. The Samdhinirmocana Sutra shows us how Shakyamuni Buddha sought to fulfill this won- derful desire, how he tries to bring us all to enlightenment. The scripture tells us that the Buddhist tradition has three phases, or as it is usually put, that there are three turnings of the wheel of dharma. What many believe to be the first scripture recording Shakyamuni Buddha’s actual words is called the Dharmachakra Parvar- tana, or “Setting the Wheel of the Dharma in Motion.” There were two more turnings of the wheel, and the Samdhinirmocana Sutra speaks of both of them. Buddha taught in different ways for different audiences, and the threads of the teachings some- times got entangled with each other because they weren’t laid out systematically. People sometimes got confused about what the teaching was. So this sutra attempts to straighten the threads out. The First Turning When the historical Buddha appeared in the world, there was something about him in his enlightened condition that made people ask him to teach them. People would ask him, “What’s going on with you? Why do you look so serene and joyful?” So the Buddha, with his intention to liberate all beings, interacted with people who had their own intentions and perspectives, and when they interacted, various things came up. He had to speak in a language that the people listening to him could understand, so in this first turning of the dharma wheel he offered a con- ceptual, logical teaching. He showed us how to Why the Wheel Turns Three Times PHOTO AVIJIT PATRA