(Vesak, May, 1987)
How nice to see you, Satan!
Let me tell you how much I sincerely respect you and worship you, since you are originally Noble Buddha. Unfortunately, however, both you and Buddha have been given such false names as “Satan” and “Buddha”.
People really hate you, they despise you. But that’s only because they don’t know who you really are. When people do realize who you are, such thoughts as “good” and “bad” “love” and “hate” disappear. Then people can clearly see that you are Buddha. And only then will they learn to treat both devils and saints as Buddhas, as their teachers, as their parents.
With this realization that you are fundamentally Buddha, relative opposites and conflicts disappear, and people come to know the real comfort and happiness of this world. They come to see that there are no such things as misfortune and anxiety, that these things exist only in our minds. The path is one of seeing you, Satan, as you really are, as Buddha.
When people come to see you as Buddha, they are delighted to see the whole world as it is, as One Buddha. It’s like seeing a magnificent lotus arise out of the mud-how beautiful!
What splendid Truth this is! And if people realize this, how can they look anywhere else for Truth? Looking for Truth other than this is like searching for water in water.
When people see you as you are, as Buddha, all problems become fundamentally resolved. It’s only when people see things in terms of “good” and “bad” that they really burn in hell.
When we no longer see good and evil as opposites, when we syncretize them into one, we come to see a world filled with blossoming lotuses. When we see the true noble nature of Satan, we then realize that each lotus is a Buddha and every place is a Buddhafield!