In Eight Steps to Happiness Geshe-la says "'Self' and 'other' are relative terms, rather like 'this mountain' and 'that mountain ... 'This' and 'that' therefore depend upon our point of reference. This is also true of self and other. By climbing down the mountain of self, it is possible to ascend the mountain of other, and thereby cherish others as much as we presently cherish ourself."

Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Buddha's Enlightenment Day!

A cause for great happiness! A powerful day for making prayers and doing good!
As it says on the webpage: "April 15th marks the anniversary of Buddha Shakyamuni demonstrating the attainment of enlightenment in 589 B.C.E. This is an extremely important day in the Buddhist calendar because our actions are 100,000 times more powerful than on other days. ..."
I rejoice in everyone's virtue who is taking precepts and especially those of you doing the challenging practice of fasting and purifying called Nyungnay, making many prostrations to the Buddha of Compassion, 1,000-Armed Avalokiteshvara. I prostrate to you.
Thank you, Buddha, for teaching us how to get rid of suffering and become completely happy.