nobody in need of savin' ... so let's get to work

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The "Six Realms" refer to the six heavens, hells and earthly states into which one may be reborn in traditional Buddhist thought.

But, even if we do not take that literally, we can also say that this means just all sentient beings everywhere, throughout all space and time, many of whom are suffering in various ways. Dropping body and mind, we realize that there is no one in need of saving, no one suffering (yes, it is true!). All are emancipated from the start, nothing lacking.

However, don't take that as an excuse not to help those in need of help. There are so many lives out there in need of our assistance. I am in rather a serious mood today, as a few stories in the news regarding children have touched me very much.  


When one displays the buddha mudra with one's whole body and mind, sitting upright in this samadhi even for a short time, everything in the entire dharma world becomes buddha mudra, and all space in the universe completely becomes enlightenment. Therefore, it enables buddha-tathagatas to increase the dharma joy of their own original grounds and renew the adornment of the way of awakening. Simultaneously, all living beings of the dharma world in the ten directions and six realms become clear and pure in body and mind, realize great emancipation, and their own original face appears. At that time, all things together awaken to supreme enlightenment and utilize the buddha-body, immediately go beyond the culmination of awakening, and sit upright under the kingly bodhi tree. At the same time, they turn the incomparable, great dharma wheel and begin expressing ultimate and unfabricated profound prajna.

From: Talk on the Wholehearted Practice of the Way - Kosho Uchiyama (with Shohaku Okumura, Taigen Daniel Leighton)

Furthermore, throughout the Dharma worlds in ten directions, ordinary beings of the three states (the three miserable worlds of hell, hungry ghosts and animals) and the six states (the three miserable worlds plus the worlds of asuras, humans and gods) all become clear and pure in body and mind at once; they experience the state of great and their original features appear. From: Bendowa - A Talk about Pursuing the Truth  - Nishijima-Cross

(remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells;
a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended)

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