By Buddhadasa Bhikkhu
Transparent and straightforward teachings on voidness and residing a moral life.
In Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree, Buddhadasa Bhikkhu provides in easy language the philosophy of voidness, or sunnata, that lies on the middle of the Buddhism. through conscientiously tying voidness to moral self-discipline, Buddhadasa presents us transparent and open grounds to mirror at the position of the philosophy in our lives. together with his ecumenical, stimulating, and enthusiastically engaged method of studying the Buddha's instructing in complete flourish, Ajahn Buddhadasa transforms the jungle of philosophy right into a glade as inviting because the one during which he famously taught.
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This was a solemn, awe-inspiring figure, made more so when the flame of the butter-lamp in front of it would flicker and light up its face. Before I knew what was happening, my master did something most unusual. He suddenly hugged me and lifted me up off my feet. Then he gave me a huge kiss on the side of my face. For a long moment my mind fell away completely and I was enveloped by a tremendous tenderness, warmth, confidence, and power. The next occasion was more formal, and it happened at Lhodrak Kharchu, in a cave in which the great saint and father of Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava, had meditated.
44 THE TIBETAN BOOK OF LIVING AND DYING The introduction by my master had sown a seed deep inside me. Later, I came to realize that this was the method of introduction employed in our lineage. Not knowing this then, however, made what happened completely unexpected, and so more astonishing and powerful. In our tradition we say that "three authentics" must be present for the nature of mind to be introduced: the blessing of an authentic master, the devotion of an authentic student, and the authentic lineage of the method of introduction.
Why not at least try and explore the possibility that there may be a life after? Why, if we are as pragmatic as we claim, don't we begin to ask ourselves seriously: Where does our real future lie? After all, no one lives longer than a hundred years. And after that there stretches the whole of eternity, unaccounted for . . '" A very poor man, after a great deal of hard work, had managed to accumulate a whole sack of grain. He was proud of himself, and when he got home he strung the bag up with a rope from one of the rafters of his house to keep it safe from rats and thieves.
Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree: The Buddha's Teaching on Voidness by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu