Put Down the Butcher’s Knife and Become a Buddha

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In the modern world, people often use the phrase “Let’s put down the butcher’s knife and become a Buddha” to persuade wicked people to stop doing evil deeds. For some Buddhists, they use the same phrase to persuade people not to resort to evil words, deeds and thoughts. In actual fact, this phrase does not refer to ordinary robbers and murders. It refers to people who kill countless lives but not from their heart and in the end achieve righteous fruition. There were real cases to prove this and one such example is Milarepa who was a murderer as a young man then turned to Buddhism to become an accomplished Buddha despite his past.

From young age, Milarepa was a warm and open-minded person. His attitude took a turn after the death of his father and when his uncle seized his family’s property and houses. To make matters worse, his mother threatened to take her own life, which pressured Milarepa to resort to evil mantra that killed many members in his uncle’s family. Milarepa felt very painful, sad and miserable. He then went to Lama Ouba to seek proper teaching. Ouba let him cast spell to punish bad people with snow hails. While collecting the dead bodies of many birds and animals, he broke down into tears.

Ouba said,”All the creatures that you have killed will become the living beings of your future Buddha’s pure land”.

Ouba then meditated for a while and at that instance, all these birds and animals were resurrected.

Milarepa finally met Master Marpa. In the beginning, Marpa did not teach him anything and only beat and scolded him at the slightest mistake. Marpa even let Milarepa carry boulders to the top of the mountain to build a stone house. The same house was repeatedly built, demolished and rebuilt. Over time, Milarepa’s back was full of cuts and wounds due to the load that he had to carry. Despite all these, Milarepa was still very respectful and sincere towards his Master. Under the arrangement by Master Marpa, Milarepa’s huge karma from killing lives in the past was transformed through his arduous cultivation. Milarepa became a highly respected figure in Tibet and also in the history of Tibetan Buddhism.

Translated by: Chua BC

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放下屠刀 立地成佛

「放下屠刀,立地成佛」常被現代人用作勸導惡人停止作惡的警句,也有佛教中人說是要放下人的惡言、惡行、妄念等諸多煩惱。有案可稽,這句話指的不是一般殺人越貨的強盜,而是那些殺人無數,卻不是出自本心,最後能成就正果的人。

西藏的密勒日巴,從小熱情爽朗,心地寬厚。父親去世後,伯父、姑母霸占了他家的財產和房屋。在母親以死相挾的逼迫下,密勒日巴學會咒術,咒殺了伯父家許多人,密勒日巴內心很痛苦。他到俄巴喇嘛處求正法,俄巴讓先他去多雅波降冰雹,懲罰那裡的壞人。密勒日巴施法後,撿到很多鳥獸的屍體帶回去,痛哭流涕,俄巴說:「你降冰雹打死的一切生靈,都會成為你未來佛國淨土的眾生。」俄巴冥想片刻,這些鳥獸瞬間甦醒復生了。

密勒日巴最後找到馬爾巴上師。一開始,師父並不教他東西,只是一味地役使他,動輒對他非打即罵。一再言而無信地讓他把巨石運到山頂、建造石頭房屋,三番五次建了又拆、拆了又建。他的背部因長年負重,割得到處是傷口。密勒日巴始終對師父非常恭敬、虔誠。在師父的安排下,他以前殺生造下的巨大業力,通過無比艱辛的修煉,最後轉化成巨大的成就,密勒日巴成為西藏極受尊崇的偉大覺者。

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