by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw | 1990 | 1,044,401 words
This page describes Let it be a Fruitful Buddh’uppada-navamakhana contained within the book called the Great Chronicle of Buddhas (maha-buddha-vamsa), a large compilation of stories revolving around the Buddhas and Buddhist disciples. This page is part of the series known as rare Appearance of a Buddha. This great chronicle of Buddhas was compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw who had a thorough understanding of the thousands and thousands of Buddhist teachings (suttas).
Since good Buddhists of today, who have gained existence as human beings with unimpaired sense faculties and the right view, are living at a time when the Buddha’s Dhamma is still flourishing, they have the rare opportunity of encountering Buddh’uppādanavamakhaṇa. Despite such a happy encounter, if they should neglect the meritorious practices of sīla, samādhi and paññā, they will indeed miss the golden opportunity. Chances of rebirth in these eight unfortunate existence (akkhaṇa) are great and frequent, whereas chances of rebirth in the dispensation of a Buddha are very remote. Only once in a long, long while of unlimited number of aeons does a Buddha emerge and the Buddh’uppādanavama opportunity for a fortunate existence is indeed extremely difficult to obtain.
Good Buddhists of the present day possess two blessings: the first is the blessing of being born at a time when the Buddha’s Teaching, which is very difficult to come by, flourishes in this world, and the other is that of being born as a human being holding the right view. At such an opportune moment of Buddh’uppāda-navama, they ought to ponder seriously and rightly thus: “How should we get to know the Buddha’s Teaching? We should not miss this golden moment of Buddh’uppāda-navama. Should we miss it, we will suffer long and miserably in the four woeful states.”
Bearing this in mind, as fortunate beings who encounter this rare opportunity of Buddh’uppāda-navamakhaṇa, may you be able to cultivate and develop the three noble practices of sīla, samādhi and paññā, as taught by the Buddha, till the attainment of arahantship.