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Jundo
02-23-2011, 10:25 AM
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http://www.photodharma.net/Blog/images/Jataka-Tales/Jataka-Tales-Profile.jpg We continue our series looking at THE GREATS AMONG THE GREAT BODHISATTVAS, inspired by the wonderful book FACES OF COMPASSION by Taigen Dan Leighton, highly recommended ...

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... today looking at Shakyamuni ... the man who became "THE BUDDHA".

Now, most folks usually think of Shakyamuni as "THE BUDDHA" ... but before he was "THE BUDDHA" Shakyamuni was a young seeker, in search of the key to human suffering to benefit all sentient beings, not himself alone. That seeking, that "Vow to Save All Sentient Beings" is precisely what makes a Bodhisattva a "Bodhisattva".

There are legendary tales as well, the hundreds of "Jataka Tales" and others, of past lives of the Buddha ... past lives as man, woman, fish and animals too, in which he gave of himself time and again to benefit others ... often sacrificing his very life to save others. These tales, merely legend or not, show how Shakyamuni came to symbolize selfless, compassionate giving as a Bodhisattva.

But I would insist that, even after becoming "THE BUDDHA", Shakyamuni as "THE BODHISATTVA" still remained ... for Gautama Buddha did not stay sitting under that Bodhi Tree complacent in his own peace and discovery ... nor did he vanish immediately from this world ... but rose up to walk across India, teaching, serving and helping others for the next 40 years ... helping others even now.

Today’s Sit-A-Long video follows at this link. Remember: recording ends soon after the beginning bells; a sitting time of 20 to 35 minutes is recommended.

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Dokan
02-23-2011, 01:04 PM
Thank you Jundo...and I will take up your challenge and give my sis a call this weekend. :)

Gassho,

Shawn

Ronchan
02-23-2011, 01:06 PM
Thank you, Jundo.

The "getting-in-touch" worked for someone I knew long, long time ago.

memories, old pain,
replaced by warm, happy feelings.
Ice to rays of sun.

Gassho,
Ronald.

Shogen
02-23-2011, 04:41 PM
Another excellent tool for the belt. Gassho, Zak

Myoku
02-24-2011, 07:36 AM
Thank you, Jundo,
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Peter

Kyonin
02-24-2011, 12:29 PM
Thank you, Jundo

You made me think of a two very important people in my, who where difficult to be around to but ended up shaping my life as it is today.

Very important lesson indeed.

gassho,

Morelos

Kyrillos
02-25-2011, 06:09 PM
Wonderful idea. So I actually wrote a letter to an old, old friend, with an envelope and a stamp and everything!!! It was like a warm embrace.

Gassho,

Seishin Kyrill

Onshin
02-26-2011, 10:32 AM
Excellent talk Jundo,

Thank you.

Hoyu
02-26-2011, 04:50 PM
Thank you Jundo Sensei for the talk. I can think of a few people to get in touch with.

Gassho,
John

Heisoku
02-27-2011, 11:31 PM
Thank you for the reminder to remember.

I will send the letter.

Heisoku
02-28-2011, 02:48 PM
Posted!!

ScottM
03-03-2011, 04:09 PM
Thank you Jundo.

I can certainly come up with one or two people who actaully encouraged me and the path I took, but I would tend to say that the discouragement I felt from others actually contributed more to my path in that I rejected what they told me. But, to write someone and say, "Thank you for what you did." Would that apply to those who sent us on a different path; to those that may hardly be called a bodhisattva in their intentions but that influenced my choices nonetheless?

An interesting though to ponder.

Gassho,
Dosho

Seiryu
03-03-2011, 10:07 PM
Hi, Dosho,

I think it was hyon gak sunim who said this; a bodhisattva is what awakens you, a Buddha is what awakens.

I like this distinction. If something contributes to your path, that in it self is what a bodhisattva is. Not necessarily the person, but the moment you take something and use it to help you on your path, that was a bodhisattva. The thing that realized what was happening and noticed it, that is Buddha.


Just some ideas...

Gassho

Seiryu

ScottM
03-03-2011, 11:15 PM
Just some ideas...


Some very thought provoking ones...thank you Seiryu. :)

Gassho,
Dosho

Byokan
03-31-2015, 05:48 PM
gassho2

Gassho
Lisa
sat today

Dave d
03-31-2015, 07:42 PM
Thank you Jundo
gassho
dave sat today.

Onkai
04-30-2016, 11:27 PM
Thank you, Jundo. gassho1

Gassho,
Onkai
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