This name I have adopted has many factors and meanings. I feel that through Buddha's iron will he was able to overcome all
anger, greed and delusion, achieving the blissful state of Nirvana. Yet this explanation is only one of many.
is the significance of the IronBuddha?
The Chinese believe that there are five elements of nature.
earth, water, wood, and fire:
The IronBuddha is not only one with all sentient beings, but all elements of nature.
In seeking the way of nature there is only harmony and balance.
Yet, through the precious view of emptiness we realize
that all this life is just an illusion. We have much to learn here, because this world or "mundane reality" can
teach us. However, make no mistake, this world and everything in it is Samsara. (Sanskrit term for endless wheel of delusion,
anger, greed, selfish desire, etc.) Only through the Great One's Dharma can we break out of this endless chain of self -existence.
Then truly realize through our fully awakened senses "absolute reality"...or Nirvana!
The IronBuddha has weathered
the storms, trials and tribulations of this life. As steadfast as he may seem...all is subject to decay, all is impermanent.
Eventually even the IronBuddha will rust, breakdown and return to his elemental form. Thus completing the cycle...Iron (metal)
to rust (earth)...mixing with rain (water) ... giving birth to trees (wood)...getting struck by lightening (fire)...this fire
is used to forge ore back into iron.
With compassion always,