Daily Reading ~ January 2

Hoa Vo Uu (Buddha Dharma Education Association)
Venerable Shravasti Dhammika

The Buddha’s Words of Wisdom

“Imagine that the whole earth was covered with water, and a man was to throw a yoke with a hole in it into the water. Blown by the wind, that joke would drift north, south, east and west. Now, suppose that once in a hundred years a blind turtle would rise to the surface. What do you think? Would that turtle put his head through the hole in the yoke as he rose to the surface once in a hundred years?”

“It is unlikely, Lord.”

“Well, it is just as unlikely that one will be born as a human being; it is just as unlikely that a Tathãgata, a Noble One, a fully enlightened Buddha should arise in the world; and it is just as unlikely that the Dhamma and discipline of the Tatãgata should be taught. But now you have been born as a human being, a Tathãgata has arisen and the Dhamma has been taught. Therefore, strive to realize the Four Noble Truths.”