(Master Jun Hong Lu’s call-in radio program)
HOW SHOULD WE INTERPRET THE VERSE ‘THE ABSENCE OF THOUGHT IS BUDDHAHOOD’
Caller: Master, you mentioned before in a Dharma Convention: ‘Contentment makes you rich and honorable; being ordinary makes you noble; having no selfish reason makes you sagely; and the absence of thought makes you a Buddha’. How should we interpret the last part, can you kindly explain to us, Master?
Master Jun Hong Lu: ‘The absence of thoughts’ refers to having no greed, hatred and ignorance. By that, don’t you think that person is already a Bodhisattva, a Buddha? They neither have hatred nor jealousy for others, right? The word ‘thought’ in this verse refers to all the distracting thoughts in the human realm which need to be eliminated.
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