With last night’s rain, we have now fresh greens and refreshed flowers. With sittings,
we have a refreshed world with pure peace and prognosis. The Buddha said that to
be born as a human being is like a blind turtle living at the bottom of ocean, rising
to the surface once in a hundred years to stick its head into a hole of a floating log.
It is so rare. Is it precious or not?
He said that humans have shed oceans of tears. Living beings are blind with karmas
and humans have added karmas for self survival and suffering. Our life is as shown
in the 12 limbed Dependent Origination diagram - driven by formations (physical,
verbal, and mental karmas of evolution in time and space) with nescience and
craving roots resulting in samsara and suffering.
How can we be freed from this situation? Retract the head and limbs from the log,
return to the bottom, reunite with the wholly wholesome world, and regain
wholesomeness in peace (nirvana) before separation (sinfulness, selfishness).
Human babies develop senses and motor organs to increase self senses. Zen
stages are to free from this karma kinetics to Dharma domain.
This is to open blind eyes for awakening. If this turtle can climb a mountain step by
step, slow but steady, unlike the rabbit who could run faster but rested in sleep, it
will reach the summit to command all peaks and planets - knowing how they have
come to their present states. Prognosis comes from this perspective, proportion,
and priority to enjoy the Awakened Way in amrita.