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Lions Roar : May 2011
SHAMBHALA SUN MAY 2011 66 know how to live with their true humanity. They do not reject their five aggregates. on the contrary, the people there know how to walk on the land of reality and to radiate light with each step, each breath, and each position of walking, standing, sitting, and lying down in mindfulness. Mindfulness is the infinite light that illu- minates all the comings and goings of the mind, and its radiance never comes to an end. That is why every person of that land is said to carry in them the energy of the buddhas and bodhisattvas. what is more, the life span of the people of that land is limitless, because every min- ute of their daily life truly encompasses the three times: past, present, and future. They have the capacity to live life deeply, and that life is continued beautifully. The number of the people of that land is also limitless. it is not possible to calculate them, so great is their number. People who know how to wake up and to live in the Pure land of the Present Moment always have a great impact on their family, friends, and society. Their faith and happiness open the upward path for the young generations to follow. Fur- thermore, the instant they enter the Pure land of the Present Moment, they carry along with them all their blood and spiritual ancestors. They are able to develop the seeds of talents, understanding, and love of their ancestors and to transform their seeds of vi- olence, hatred, and suffering. The Pure land of the Present Moment is made of such ex- traordinary merits and virtues as these. dear friends, in the Pure land of the Present Moment, the most beautiful im- age is that of the many noble practitioners coming together in communities. These communities are called sanghas. Those who are newly born into the Pure land of the Present Moment come to take refuge in these sanghas, so that they may further cul- tivate their insights, compassion, and ca- pacity to live happily and peacefully. how beautiful is the image of a throng of people of different races, religions, nationalities, and ages meditating together, listening to dharma talks together, having dharma dis- cussions together, and enjoying meals in silence together. brotherhood and sister- hood are the nutrients nourishing them. brotherhood and sisterhood show them the path and give them such great happi- ness that they no longer wish to pursue fame, money, power, and sex. Coming to these sanghas, everyone will recognize the presence of many noble practitioners. at this point, the movie actress asked: respected Thay, is there a relationship between the Pure land of the Present Mo- ment, which has much peace and happi- ness, and the world of samsara, which is full of busyness, anxiety, and affliction? Thay said: although the two worlds are different from each other, they inter-are, just as the lotus and the mud do. when our minds have awareness, understanding, and com- passion, and when we know how to dwell in the present moment, then the Pure land of the Present Moment manifests. on the other hand, if our minds are pulled by forgetfulness, straying into the past or the future and becoming dispersed by busy- ness, anxiety, and affliction, then we are back in the samsaric world. Therefore, if we practice mindful breathing and mind- ful walking, we can return to the Pure land of the Present Moment in that very space and time. dear friends, the Pure land of the Present Moment is portable. wherever you go, there the Pure land is. dear friends, while i am sharing with you the Pure land of the Present Mo- ment, innumerable noble practitioners all over the world are also sharing the Pure land of the Present Moment with their friends—business people, politicians, ed- ucators, scientists, parents, farmers, stu- dents, prisoners. at any point in time and space, there are always noble practitioners who have direct experience in living in the Pure land of the Present Moment. These practitioners see that their friends are drowning in the world of forgetfulness, anxiety, and affliction. Thus, they find new dharma practices and skilful means to show their friends the path to the Pure land of the Present Moment. dear friends, those who have felt wor- ried, anxious, fearful, and desolate from living in forgetfulness all have the capacity to awaken and to give rise to confidence in the Pure land of the Present Moment. This faith is not blind; it is based on the direct experience of their own past and present, which means that it is based on their own enlightenment. The process of awakening to the path and being born in the Pure land of the Present Moment may take place right in the present mo- ment, without having to pass through any difficulties. if a person knows to practice mindfulness, then with only one to seven mindful breaths, only with one to seven mindful steps, she can already be born in the Pure land with her own five ag- gregates. Therefore, practicing to enjoy the Pure land of the Present Moment is appropriate for people of all different ca- pacities and backgrounds. everyone can practice and succeed easily. Thay had finished speaking. The movie actress, as well as all the monks, nuns, lay friends, movie stars, directors, and pro- ducers from hollywood and Tokyo, all had faith in what Thay had shared. They joyously accepted it and made the com- mitment to practice in order to enter the Pure land of the Present Moment. ♦