A Pair of Silver Chopstick
By Sheng-Yen Lu
My teacher Tu Deng Da Ji of Hong Kong once told me: [Sheng-Yen Lu, you should have to prepare a pair of silver chopstick.]
Listening his advice, I muted, but, I was astounded to his words.
I realized there were some meanings indicated in his saying which I regarded as a gesture of concern. He already directly told me, that a
student was about to injure me.
Thankful to him at that moment, I remained quiet because I could not answer him unprudently. I had to think carefully before giving
him a reply.
Gautama’s follower placed poisonous within his nail before making an attempt to put it on Gautama foot.
The was nailed to the cross, betrays by [Judas] the one of his followers.
The Grand Master of Tantric (Buddhism religion) Mi Le Re Ba passed away from the poison in beverage by his own follower.
There were uncounted instances such as the above-mentioned murder cases committed by followers of the respective Master taking
place in the history.
Therefore, today the problem that I am confronted is one of such occurrences. Should I prepare [are a pair of silver chopstick to test
whether my food is poisoned before taking a meal? Should I go ahead with the meal irrespective of the consequences.
Now I, aged 56 have been giving Dhama discourses for 30 years and have written one hundred and forty three books. After giving
many talks and writings many books, I have been experiencing this kind of life without fear and worry. Therefore, I can say that today
"True Buddha Tantric Dhama" speading far and wide is changed over by delicate body.
Nowadays, many people know that Lian Sheng Living Buddha Sheng-yen Lu has a wife (Master Lian Xiang), a son (Fo Qi, an
university graduate), a daughter (Fo Qing, Dr. Degree of law), owns houses and cars which were given by students.
Inspite of having a wife and children, my true wealth is not on the earth but in the heaven.
What I possess is the enlightenment of the sentient beings. Full of Dharma Wisdom is my endless property.
Immersing myself in Dhrma world, person like me no longer in guest of material confort of other things.
Since my Dhrma wheel is rolling, I have nothing to pursuit. This is the time for all the Dharma Master, monks, nuns and our Dharma
brothers & sisters to make use of your Dharma Wheels.
I hereby sincerely give an answer to my teacher that I do not need a pair of silver chopsticks. It does not mean I am purposely impatient
looking for a fatality instead, dying under the hand of my students is much better than dying in the hand of a stranger!
Tahiti - October 19, 2000