Reflections on the Fire Sermon by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi

The current issue of Parabola magazine has a wonderful article by Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi on the Fire Sermon.

“From the window of my second-floor apartment at Chuang Yen Monastery, I see down below a pageant of colors celebrating the splendor of this mild October day in upstate New York. It’s nine in the morning. Leaves of red, yellow, orange, purple, and brown flare up like brilliant flames against a background that stubbornly insists on preserving the green shades of summer. Across the road the surface of the Seven Jewels Lake is lightly rippled by soft breezes, forming an exquisite background to the large statue of Guan Yin, the bodhisattva of compassion, which juts out above the water. Her elegant figure conveys a feeling of peace, harmony, and gentleness. The surrounding paths are empty, and the scene before me seems the epitome of beauty and tranquility. I could not imagine a more perfect world. How could the Buddha say that everything is burning?”

The rest of the article can be accessed here.

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