One day the Buddha was coming back from a long teaching journey. Many monks, nuns and laypeople went to meet him. Then, a nun named Lotus-colour was determined to meet him ahead of the others, including old monastics and so found her way through the congregated people by using her divine power. She was the first to see the Buddha before the others just as she had wanted. As soon as the Buddha noticed her behave in such an impolite way, he scolded her, “Why do you jump ahead of the old monastics to see me earlier than they do? Although you saw my physical body, you didn’t see my Dharma body. Rather Subhuti saw my Dharma body while sitting silently in his cave now.”
Student: “What is the Buddha’s Dharma body?”
Master: “The Buddha showed it.”
Disaster happens when we look for what we cannot stop seeing and hearing even for a moment.
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