No.10 On Buddha’s Last Teaching

This is Shakyamuni Buddha’s last teaching from The Dirghama Sutra: “Make yourself be a light! Rely on yourself, not on anyone else! Make the truth (Dharma) be a light! Rely on the Dharma, not on anything else!”
This means that what we should rely on is the illumined ‘self’, namely ‘no self’, and the illumined ‘Dharma’, namely ‘the Dharma that has no self’, or in other words the Dharma that has no intrinsic identity.


Chimyo Takehara
May 2003