Sunday, July 11, 2010

Where is God??

On a cold winter night, a big snow storm hit the city and the temple where Duong served as a Monk got snowed in. Cut off from outside traffic, the coal delivery man could not get to the Zen Monastery. Soon it ran out of heating fuel after a few days and everybody was shivering in the cold. The monks could not even cook their meals.

Duong began to remove the wooden Buddha Statues from the display and put them into the fireplace.
"What are you doing?" the monks were shocked to see that the holy Buddha Statues were being burnt inside the fire-place. "You are burning our holy religious artifacts! You are insulting the Buddha!"


"Are these statues alive and do they have any Buddha nature?" asked Master Duong.

"Of course not," replied the monks. "They are made of wood. They cannot have Buddha Nature.

"OK. Then they are just pieces of firewood and therefore can be used as heating fuel," said Master Duong. "Can you pass me another piece of firewood please? I need some warmth."

The next day, the snow storm had gone and Duong went into town and brought back some replacement Buddha Statues. After putting them on the displays, he began to kneel down and burn incense sticks to them.

"Are you worshiping firewood?" ask the monks who are confused for what he was doing.

"No. I am treating these statues as holy artifacts and am honoring the Buddha." replied Duong.


From Anton: Do you know where is God??? Isn't God in you?? Yes....