Chapter 8: Truth Has No History
A monk came to see Master Daizui, and said to him, “Mount Gotai and Mount Daizui - what are they like? How is Mount Daizui?”
Daizui said, “Speak louder - I’m hard of hearing.”
The monk repeated the question in a loud voice.
Daizui said: “It is like a thousand mountains, ten thousand mountains!”
On another occasion a monk said, “One of the ancients stood in the snow and cut off his arm. What truth was he seeking?”
Daizui replied, “He didn’t cut off his arm.”
The monk protested, “He did cut it off! Why do you say that he didn’t?”
Daizui observed, “He was enjoying being in the snow.”
At another time, a monk bowed to the statue of Manjushree, in the presence of Daizui. The master lifted up his mosquito-flapper and said, “Manjushree and Samantabhadra are both contained in this.”
The monk drew a circle, threw it behind him, and then stretched out his arms. Daizui told the attendant to give the monk a cup of tea.
Before I discuss the sutras, a real concern to my heart is more urgent to be discussed.
India’s prime minister Rajiv Gandhi has been trying his hardest to create a friendship with China, and it seems they are settling the matter. I don’t blame Rajiv Gandhi. Two big countries like India and China cannot remain forever enemies - whoever is weaker, sooner or later is going to give way.
This is the second defeat to India. The first defeat was when China invaded Indian territory in the Himalayas, thousands of miles. India was not strong enough, and particularly it was not ready to fight in the eternal snows of the Himalayas.
Rajiv Gandhi’s grandfather - Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India - still fought, knowing perfectly well there was no possibility to be victorious. And he was defeated. The Indian armies could not stand the snows of the Himalayas. They had never thought about it; hence they were not prepared.
China conquered Tibet. One of the most significant countries in the world - small and poor, at the highest mountains, it was called “the roof of the world,” and it has for centuries been devoting itself only to meditation. A singular country in the whole world - for centuries, continuously, it had only one desire: how to know oneself. It had no armies, it never invaded anyone; it had no desire like that, uncivilized, barbarous. It was primitive, but I will still say Tibet was the most civilized country, the most cultured.
China invaded Tibet - Tibet had no arms, no armies. China crushed the poor Tibetans under machine guns, trampled their monasteries. Dalai Lama, the head of Tibet politically and religiously both, had no other way than to take refuge in the Indian part of Himalayas, in Dharmasala. Since then he has been living there with the thousands of Tibetans who have come with him.