After a long spell of dry hot days we at last had compassionate rain last evening. So, this morning we have a clear and calm Sunday sit in sesshin with fresh greenery and birds’ singing. Sesshin is touching the heart and embracing it, the Buddha heart – Shobozenzo Nehanmyoshin, the right Dharma-eye stored in the exquisite heart of nirvana, awakening in nirvana (no wind of karma).
Only in it we can have genuine compassion and comradery, friendship, knowing that we are karma machines, but can still karma and see the Dharma. We recited the four universal vows to save all beings, sever all defilements, learn all Dharmas, and achieve unsurpassed awakening. Bodhisattvas can live the fourfold divine life of friendship, compassion, joy, and equanimity.
All universal religions aim at reunion with the holy, wholly wholesome way world, but fall back into karmic sin, separation in small selfishness, because people do not know that they are karma machines and how to still karma to serve and save all. The Buddha saw the world deeply sunken in karma layers and doomed to destruction, and served it as a Bodhisattva all his life.
The future savior, would-be savior or everyone in potential, is expressed as Mitra, Mithra, Maitreya, Mazda, Massiah, Messiah, etc., meaning friend. Friends in need are friends indeed. Bodhisattvas are friends of all, with the practice of the four universal vows, the fourfold divine life, the Buddha-heart seal, the here and now with all for all in every action.