The Buddha can perceive the amount of goodness and evil in each living being’s disposition. He also knows whether a living being’s desires are many or few. Knowing this, the Buddha taught living beings a variety of wonderful ways to practice.
What is the wonderful Way? It’s simply the Way that we practice every day. The Way that we practice, use, and experience every day is wonderful. If we don’t look into it carefully, we won’t perceive its wonder. But careful scrutiny will reveal how everything is wonderful beyond words. For instance, where do the things we use every day come from? Their origin is wonderful. Where do they go? That is wonderful too. In either case, it’s the wonderful Way.
The events of our daily life are also the wonderful Way. For instance, when we go without food, we feel hungry. Why? That is wonderful. After we eat, we get full. That is wonderful too. Even getting dressed and drinking tea are wonderful. Otherwise, why would we do them? Even though we engage in these activities, they don’t last long. They are only temporary. Wouldn’t you say that’s wonderful?
“Anyone could understand this principle!” someone is thinking. But your understanding is quite superficial, not ultimate. You haven’t seen the wonder of it. Why do people like good food? That’s wonderful. Why do they want to wear nice clothes? That’s also wonderful. Why do they like to live in fine houses? That’s wonderful as well.
Their wonder lies in the fact that we don’t understand them. If we understood, it would be wonderful. Since we don’t understand, it’s un-wonderful. For example when one of the “three steps one bow” cultivators was bowing on the highway, his pants ripped open and left his body exposed. Just then a pair of pants appeared on the side of the highway. That was wonderful. When some people threw bottles at them and missed, that was also wonderful. There is too much to say about the wonderful.
A talk given on November 5, 1980