We have now the beautiful bright moon in the sky. When we see this planet from the moon, it looks like the moon hanging in the air. Our life is hanging in the air like the sword of Damocles.
I imagine you saw the scenes of the tsunami in Japan, with a wall of water some 60 feet high pressing down upon towns and farms. What should we do when such waves press upon us? Our lives are like riding on the tsunami tide, rushing and hitting so many things because of our karma.
This sitting is to stop this karma: physical, verbal and mental. It stops the tsunami of karma and we can see nirvana, unconditioned peace, when there is no more flowing, no more ups and downs, no more death or Damocles’ sword, just peace and truth.
Anyone can sit stable and still, stop karma calm and clear, see nirvana of no storming, savor amrita, immortality, and live the awakened life as buddhas. We hope all beings will stay in peace, even in the ebb and flow.
When we sit in zazen, our mind eyes go to the unprecedented disaster in Japan. When people become quiet, their eyes go to the scenes of their struggles and sufferings.
The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster caused 220,000 people to be evacuated within a 20km radius, and to be forced to stay inside within a 30km radius.
These people cannot even look for missing people and possessions. The 9.0 earthquake and tsunami – a wall of water as high as 20 meters – shattered their lives and left them without water, food, electricity, etc.
We must really see why, how, and by whom such severe suffering was brought about. Are our systems sustainable, safe, simple, and saving life with law, love, liberation, and lielessness?
As such was brought by our karma, we must stop it and see how we can change our political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental actions for the better.
We must squarely see our sufferings, causes, and solutions, and the way for solutions, for our sake and for other generations and genuses.