The dragon boats are coming with drums and whistles! When we are looking at the race of dragon boats, don’t forget we are on the dragon boat too; we are on the boat of impermanence!
The dragon in Chinese culture has multiple meanings: fantasy, nobility, power and change. All these meanings are presented or implied in I Ching – the Ancient Book about changing and cause-effect. This book tell us how the causes and conditions interact with each other among human beings, events, other beings and nature; why each being himself is the crucial cause for his own life; and what we can do to transform our fortune and refine life. But unfortunately most people who believe or use I Ching, just stay on the superficial “fortune telling” and depend on conditions changing. Seldom recognize that their own mind and actions are the key cause and main power!
It was said that the dragon can make clouds, that’s why people are full of fantasy about the dragon, because we can never see a complete dragon body or even a tail – he always hides himself behind clouds, and the clouds are so impermanent! The fantasy for us is somewhat romantic, while it contains ignorance at the same time. And the biggest fantasy is not other than permanence. Even though we definitely know it is impossible, we never give up in deep consciousness. What is it kept for? An illusory inherent self – the deepest illusion and biggest role of permanence.
Just like dragons and clouds, our body and mind never stop changing. We are the boat of impermanence, the causes and conditions are impetus. Only after liberating ourselves from the fantasy of permanence and the illusion of inherent self, will we go beyond the hindrance of the sea of birth and death.
So raise up the flag of right view, blow up the whistle of right mindfulness, strike the drum of right diligence, break through the surrounding of suffering and throw off samsara!