Supreme Master Ching Hai shared with initiates a story of the cloth bag monk. Supreme Master Ching Hai shared with initiates a story of the cloth bag monk. This monk was always seen carrying a large cloth bag and the question was often asked of him: “What does the bag have inside?” A poem by the cloth bag monk says “I have a cloth bag/ Empty and free from hindrance/ Without it permeates throughout the universe/ Within one can perceive his own free Self-nature.” Supreme Master explained that the cloth bag refers to our body it is empty; however the entire universe is included when it is opened; the Self-nature is revealed when we are within the bag. The cloth bag monk also left another poem for the world before his retreat to Nirvana: “Maitrey a the true Maitreya with hundreds of billions of manifestation bodies/ Reminding the worldly people all the time but the world remains unawake.” Supreme Master said that unfortunately it is only after the final ascension of a Master that people then build large temples of worship losing the precious opportunity to follow a living enlightened Being.

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