All Things Are Created By Mind Alone

(extracted from "The Whole World is a Single Flower")

The Hua Yen (Avatamsaka) Sutra says, "If you wish to thoroughly understand all Buddhas of the past, present and future, then you should view the nature of the whole universe as being created by mind alone."

  1. Are there differences between past, present and future Buddhas?
  2. What is "the nature of the whole universe"?
  3. Mind created everything. What created mind?

COMMENTARY:

A long time ago in Korea, a famous Sutra Master named Dae Oh Sunim traveled to Hae In Sah Temple to lecture on the Hua Yen Sutra. He concluded his week's teaching by stating, "For forty-nine years, the Buddha taught only one word: 'All things are created by mind alone.'"

After the talk, there were many questions and answers. Then one young Zen monk stood up and asked, "You said that all things are created by mind alone. My question is: where does this mind come from?" Dae Oh Sunim was completely stuck, and could not answer.

Do you understand? If not, go ask a tree. The tree will answer for you.