The Dharma Card for June
“Like the Dharma-rain falling”
I recite the Numbutsu
Light breeze in Lumbini
The rainy season reminds me of a couple of thought provoking phrases.
One of them is “Like Dharma rain falling,” which means “When the Bodhisattva
becomes a Buddha, he will propagate his teachings like the rain falling on and
reviving all the grass and trees.” (Larger Sutra) The Dharma is revealed generously
and equally to all beings in any circumstance, irrelevant of the depth of faith, just
like the rain from heaven falls on everything on the earth.
“Oh, rain, you have to fall even on the poop,” writes a school boy in his poem.
“In gratitude for this impartial Dharma-rain, I recited the Nembutsu,” composed by
Ven. Zenge or Tenko when he made a pilgrimage to Lumbini, Shakyamuni’s birthplace.
“The Dharma-rain is impartial and equal to everything, but it cannot penetrate the
rocks because of their own hardness, not because the rain evades,” remarks T’an-luan.
If your heart is hardened enough to repel the Dharma, you will never get the benefit of
the Dharma-rain. The prerequisite in life is Dharma hearing.