佛學講座 - 佛學問答(English) - What is the burning house?
What is the burning house?

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.