A Gift of Dharma for 4.4.11
by Danny Fisher
Today’s dharma quote is yet another from the Vidyādhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (1939-1987), whom I first quoted and wrote a little bio for here. Today is the twenty-fourth anniversary of his death. This is it, courtesy of Shambhala Publications’ Ocean of Dharma today:
One of the Buddhist scriptures says: “Since Buddha-nature pervades all beings, there is no such thing as an unsuitable candidate (for buddhahood or the Buddhist teachings).”
This scripture was composed after the death of Buddha, after the Parinirvana. In the world of gods and humans, everyone began to doubt whether the teachings of Buddha would remain, because it seemed that now the wonderful teacher was gone and all that remained was a group of mendicant monks, and they did not seem to do very much, or they were not able to do so. So one of the disciples was lamenting and saying that, “Now the world of samsara, the confused world, will go on and on, with its waves of passion, desire, hatred, and delusion. We will never have the chance to hear the Buddha’s teaching and instructions. We are again plunged into darkness. So what shall we do?” As he lamented, the answer came to his mind: that Buddha had never really died. The birth and death of Buddha is merely a concept, an idea, and his teaching is always present. In fact, no one is excluded and all beings—anyone who possesses consciousness, anyone who possesses mind—all are candidates for bodhisattvahood. Anyone can become an awakened person.