In verses 35-39 the discussion turns to looking at the motivation of an enlightened being, and asks why, given his or her understanding of the emptiness of all phenomena, would this being feel responsible for those who are still caught in the cycle of samsaric behaviour? It is explained that this way of thinking is incorrect, because it presumes that a buddha is a saviour, actively engaging with a process of rescue, selecting who or what to save.
Rinpoche reminds us of the metaphore of the moon’s reflection on water, which can be witnessed by everyone who cares to look at it, without affecting the existence of the moon. The moon doesn’t make a deliberate attempt to be seen in the water, and its light is not altered by the act of reflecting: the moon is effortlessly shining and the water reflects the light. It doesn’t become dimmed even when witnessed by a thousand beings. And so it is with an enlightened Buddha.
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