Phap Hien was a Vietnamese Zen master. He lived in the late 5th century and early the 6th century. When he was a young monk at the Phap Van Temple he met Vinitaruci (?-594) who was one of the successors of Seng-tsan, the Third Patriarch...
AFTER-DEATH EXISTENCE & BELIEF TO THE BUDDHA
A wandering monk called Vaccha asked the Buddha if the Buddha would still exsist after death. The Buddha replied: "Vaccha, the idea that I would exist or not exist after death - such ideas lead to dense jungles and arid deserts, to entanglements as though caught by thorns. They bring about anger, delusion, and argument and they do not bring about peace, knowledge, or wisdom leading to enlightenment. I do not take up any of these ideas."
"Then has the Buddha any belief of his own?" "Vaccha, I have nothing to do with beliefs or theories, but declare what I know. I declare the nature of form, how it arises and how it perishes; the nature of perception, how it arises and how it perishes. And because I have completely abandoned all fantasies, false ideas, and imaginings about the nature of self or anything to do with the self, I am freed from self."
From Digha Nikaya of the Buddha Edited by Anne Bancroft
Chon Tri 01/02/2011
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