The ability to find true freedom, according to Ven. Master Hsing Yun, is an inexhaustible gift within the Dharma.
Because we are clouded with delusion, we fail to "see" the wisdom of the truth of our world that is already present within us. Due to this delusion and ignorance, it causes us to express greed and anger in the form of karmic actions keeping us prisoners in a cycle of rebirth.
The Buddha's teachings help us with sweeping away this delusion and ignorance so we can see the truth within us. Essentially, we are able to see "ourselves" in what was once a very dirty mirror. And when we see our "true self", we see Nirvana - "freedom".
Freedom from what? The three poisons/fires of greed, anger, and delusion, the karmic actions and seeds they generate, the cycle of birth and death (samsara), and the suffering (dukkha) that existence is.
When we are free we can never be "shackled" by the three fires again.
This is why we, as Buddhists, show deep respect to the Buddha, monastics, and Buddhas and Bodhisattavas everywhere. For they are the ones who help us break delsion and obtain freedom.
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