Chapter on Faith and Expounding in Saddharmapundarika Sutra
(hereafter Lotus Sutra) states:
‘The Triloka resembling a mansion aflame,
Births and deaths aligning with nemeses.’
Metaphorically, when a house catches fire, it is crucial for its owner
to do whatever possible to get the children out before all else. As the
world‘s inhabitants, we never cease to be assaulted by life‘s pressures
whilst scorched amidst rounds of birth, aging, sickness, and death.
Battling against miseries and vexations, the Buddha teaches and
guides us in practicing the three studies, namely, discipline, meditation,
and wisdom, until the end of all innate greed, anger, and ignorance and
dissipation of all miseries and vexations. Such is exit from the burning
house; such is the surest transcendence over worldly existence.