Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Monk who was a hunter.

This story is from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=advPrcgc2is
In the video there's a short story about planting karmic seeds from the time of Buddha.

During Buddha's time. There was this man who wanted to become a monk and join the monastery.  He went the the monastery and asked the head monks to shave his head so that he can become a monk.  Buddha wasn't there, he was out.  The head monks would use their insights to see the past 80 lives of this man and saw that this man did not plant any karmic seeds with Buddhism in his 80 lives so they told the man to leave.  The man was very disappointed and sad.  As he left, he was thinking of dying.  So he decided that he would run and smash his head against the rocks and die.  But before he did this, Buddha was returning and ran into him and asked him why he's so sad and wanted to die.  He told Buddha his story, and Buddha used his insights and saw his past lives and told the man to come back with Buddha to get his head shaved to become a monk.  When Buddha got back to the monastery, the head monks were surprised to see the man coming with Buddha and told Buddha that they have already used their insights to see that this man has no karmic seeds with Buddhism.  Buddha told them, you've seen his past 80 lives but have not seen his past 81 lives.  Buddha continued and told them that 81 lives ago, this man was hunter and one day in the forest while hunting, he ran into a tiger and was chased by the tiger.  The man was so afraid of the tiger, he climbed up a tree while the tiger was waiting down below.  The man remembered people saying that chanting "Buddha" plants good karmic seeds, he was so afraid even though he didn't believe in Buddha, he was desperate enough to try so he started chanting "Buddha, Buddha ...".  After repeating this chant for a while the tiger lost interest in the hunter and left.  Because of this chanting, he planted karmic seeds with Buddhism.  And so he shall be monk.  After joining the monastery, this man achieved some form of enlightenment and became an arhata.
The moral of the story is that even a person who doesn't believe in Buddha or Buddhism if recite Buddha's name will effectively plant karmic seeds which leads to enlightenment in the future.  Now imagine the effect if we wholeheartedly recite Buddha's name.