【暇满 A human life of leisure and opportunity】五他圆满 - 佛降世The five aspects of opportunity that pertain to others - A Buddha has visited
暇满: 五他圆满 —— 佛降世
日常师父法语30B 00'05" ~ 01'26" 手抄稿第四册P200-L6
30B 00’05” ~ 01’26” Vol 4 of Master Jih-Chang’s Discourse P200L6
English Lamrim Vol 1 P120
A human life of leisure and opportunity – The five aspects of opportunity that pertain to others - - A Buddha has visited
Then externally there must be concordant conditions as well.
[b) The five aspects of opportunity that pertain to others are: That a Buddha has visited, that the sublime teaching is being taught, that the teaching remains, that there are those who follow it, that there is caring for others.]
This is “a buddha has visited.” We often would say, ah, Buddha has appeared; it is such a simple sentence to say that Buddha has appeared. Why does it tell us below that it has taken so long to accumulate the collections of merits and sublime wisdom, why does it say that? It tells us this is difficult to come about and very precious! To have a Buddha appear in this world, we have no idea how long it takes! And in that lengthy period of time, what has he done? He was not being lazy there, but that he had given his heads, eyes, brains and marrows during that lengthy time. Ah, today the monastery here asks you to do some work outdoor. Asks two hours of your time, and you feel: ah-ya, this is so tiring, like this. In the end, the work that you have done benefits you and we don’t even wish to do it. Buddha has spent countless incalculably long eons [asaṅkhyākalpas] to give away his heads, eyes, brains and marrows, and the benefits are all given to others. So we should realize and understand from here, this is not simple!