Dharma Card for April, 2010
Spring sun shining evenly
on everything in the Dharma garden;
Short and long are the branches
that bear their own blossoms.
--Adapted from Kiankokugo (Zen Article)
The fields and mountains are joyfully revived by the
“breath” of spring. The spring sun is shining as a blessing
evenly on all things on earth, without discriminating high
trees from low ones. This equal benevolence is enjoyed by
them and emerges as various blossoms and flowers, say,
of plum, peach, cherry trees, etc. The branches bearing
such ornaments vary from each other; some short and
some long; and still they all live a lively life in spite of their
differences. This is the natural way.
Our body is said to be composed of six trillion cells,
which form numerous tissues and organs and function
as divided systems like digestive and respiratory ones.
And yet each system delicately relates with others and
preserves harmony to sustain our lives. Each part of
our body does its utmost separately and plays an equal
role to maintain our lives.
Amida Buddha works equally on various and numberless
beings to save them. Let us enjoy this even compassion
in our own distinct positions and accomplish our ultimate
purpose of human life.