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Buddhist Stories: “The Story of Cai Su” (Part 3 of 3) August 16, 2015

2017-12-21
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“The Buddha said, ‘Ananda, you should know. Long, long, long time ago, it’s immeasurable time long ago, long time ago, also on this planet, in one of the mountains, there was a Pratyeka Buddha, meaning the lone Buddha.’” “This Pratyeka Buddha, at that time, was practicing and staying in a mountain. He had contracted a disease.” “At that time there was a merchant named Friendly Saint. So the Pratyeka Buddha told him his sickness and the doctor’s advice, so that he might offer cow’s milk to him to drink. And this merchant, after hearing the Pratyeka Buddha telling the story, he was very happy to offer milk. After three months of taking milk, his disease was gone, he was cured. And he was very thankful. And he wanted this merchant to have a great benefit.” “So he showed the power of the Buddha, a Pratyeka Buddha. Of course, the merchant felt so happy and opened his heart, and it inspired him to follow the practice. After a while, sometime later, this Pratyeka Buddha returned to Nirvana. The merchant loved him so much and mourned him so much.” “And then he used all the best possible ways, and wood, the best, to burn his body, as the tradition. Then he collected the relics from that Buddha and put it in a golden pitcher. And after that, he put that golden pitcher in a stupa. He built a stupa, precious stupa, decorated beautifully. And then he also made a canopy, big canopy, covering the stupa so that it was not hot for the relic of the Buddha. Every day, he brought flowers, food, incense and even music. Brought it there to make offering to the relic of the Buddha.” “And the whole of his life he did this every day until he died. Now the Buddha reminded Ananda, ‘Ananda, you should know, that merchant, because of the merit of offering to this Pratyeka Buddha, so he had great, great, great, immeasurable merit. Whether he was born in Heaven, or on Earth, he was born in a very good position, and everyone respected him. And even, whenever he was born on Earth, he always had a canopy on him like that. You should know, the merchant named Friendly Saint at that time, it was one of my incarnations. I advise all the beings, whether monks or lay believers, they should always try to make offering like, similar, as much as you can. So that you should rely on merit of offering to the Saints, so that life after life you will have immense merit.’”
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