The Buddha is like the cool, refreshing moonConstantly coursing in ultimate emptiness.When the water in the mind of beings is pure,Bodhi manifests within it.
The Venerable Master Hsuan Hua:
Demons come to polish the True Way;Those on the True Way have to endure demons.The more you’re polished, the brighter you become;The brighter you get, the more you must be polished.You’ll be polished until you’re like the autumn moon,Illumining all the demon hordes from space.When the demon hordes are scattered,The original Buddha manifests.
A line from the text of the Preface to The Flower AdornmentSutracomposed by the Tang Dynasty National Master Ching Liang:
Hidden and revealed together realized,like the crescent moon in an autumn sky.
Tripitaka Master Hsuan Hua explains:
It is also as in autumn, the Fall Season, themoon in the sky has both a period when it is hidden and a period when it isrevealed. Sometimes the moon is waxing, and sometimes it is waning, and yet both aspects are “together realized.” In the combination of hidden and revealed,what is hidden reinforces what is revealed, and what is revealed reinforces whatis hidden. Once the moon has waxed to the full, then it wanes. After waning, itthen waxes once again. The principles of the Flower Adornment Sutra alsofollow that pattern, and so they are like the crescent moon in an autumn sky,like the Fall Season’s moon in empty space.