After the rain all the plants and animals seem fresher and greener, and we can enjoy crisp clear air with the sounds of flowing water and singing birds.
Unsui Daigaku came and went, giving limitless life and light. Unsui (雲水) is the abridgement of ko-un (行雲), fleeting cloud, and ryu-sui (流水), flowing water.
Monks are called unsui, as they flow freely and fully high in the sky and low on the earth, freely functioning like life essence appearing as water or cloud .
Daigaku (大岳), the great rocky mountain, sits deep into the earth and stands high in the sky, becoming one with all in the way expressed by the Buddha:
Better than conquering thousands upon
thousands in the battlefield
is conquering one-self.
This is the true conqueror.
Conquering is right here and now, already achieved throughout the world flowing freely and fully.
Daigaku (大岳) talking at the Fo Guang Shan (仏光山) St. Louis Buddhist
Center on the occasion of the Vesak Day (celebrating Buddha’s
Birth, Awakening, and Parinirvana) on May 20.
Picture taken by Erin (恵林)