In order to liberate the living,
As a skillful means I appear to enter nirvana.
Yet truly I am not extinct.
I am always here teaching the Dharma.
I am always here.
But due to my diving powers
Perverse living beings fail to see me
Even though I am close.
When the many see me as extinct
They make offerings to my remains everywhere.
All long for me,
Adore and yearn for me.
And when the living have become faithful,
Honest and upright and gentle,
And wholeheartedly want to see the Buddha,
Even at the cost of their own lives,
Then, together with the assembly of monks
I appear on Holy Eagle Peak.
Then I tell all the living
That I am always here, not extinct.
Yet by the power of skillful means
I reveal both extinction and non-extinction.
If there are living beings in other lands
Who are reverent and sincere in their faith,
Then among them as well
I will teach the unexcelled Dharma.
–Lotus Sutra, Chapter 16, Reeves Translation
Though the historical Buddha has passed away in the final Unbinding, which we call “Nirvana”, I like this quote as it reminds that what he stood for lives on for all ages.
Namo Tassa Bhagavato, Arahato, Samma-sam Buddhasa
Nomaku Sanmanda Bondanan Baku
Namo Shaka Nyorai
P.P.S. In contrast to the fun I had with wife and daughter on Valentine’s Day, I’ll be taking it easy, upholding the five precepts, the ten good deeds, etc. And I will abstain from all meat today out of respect for Shakyamuni Buddha.