A Spiritual Sacredness and a Light
Spoken by Professor Verhoeven during an interview on February 17, 2009, in CTTB
On the City of 10,000 Buddhas:
On an invisible, non-institutional level, there is a chi here, there is a spirit. I don’t know how to describe it. One could say it is the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the Eightfold-Division that protect it. But when we come to Shr Fu’s Wayplaces and even people who aren’t Buddhist feel this energy and feel this protective light and spirit that is here and it is still here. I’m very much aware of it.
Shr Fu pointed to this while he was alive and told us to pay attention to this:
As long as people stay pure in their precepts, as long as their hearts are good and with clean intent, that his vows and the beings that surrounded those vows continue to surround his disciples…That’s still true. So regardless of all the other things that happened here, there is still that light and still that energy that’s very very different than any place else that I’ve ever been…that is the non-visible sustaining power…People come in and they sense it.
When we had our Zen-Catholic dialogue here, the Catholics that come say, “Wow, there’s something very different, very special about that place” and they really like it. It is not about anything they can articulate or that is visible. It is a spiritual sacredness and a light, an uplifting light that they sense. I think that is also something Shr Fu left behind and showed us how to maintain it.